Breed Category: Hound
Country of Origin: Spain
Average Size: 65-70 cm (at the withers)
Average Weight: 20-30 kg
Average Life Span: 11-13 years
Grooming Requirements: Low
Exercise Requirements: Medium
The Ibizan Hound, also referred to as Podenco Ibicenco, is a large, lean dog originating on the Spanish island of Ibiza. This breed was created primarily for hunting purposes and excels at seeking out hares and other small game. It is thought to have evolved naturally from ancient hunting breeds in both Europe and Africa. Dogs resembling the Ibizan Hound are seen in Egyptian artwork dating back to 3,000 B.C.
Ibizan Hounds often work in pairs or small groups, using their nose, eyes and ears to track animals. Their skills as a hound dog, as well as their fast pace, have proven invaluable to hunters. The speed and endurance of the Ibizan Hound, in addition to its appearance, are comparable to that of a Greyhound.
The signature trait of the hound dog is its oversized ears, which stand erect and open in a bat-like manner. This breed has a slender, athletic build, so its ears look very pronounced against its agile physique.
The coat of the Ibizan Hound varies in texture, with some dogs having a short, sleek coat and others having fur of a longer, wiry texture. The colouring of this breed includes white and varying shades of red. The coat may be solid in colour or a combination of white and red. The coat should be brushed weekly to remove dead hair and minimise shedding.
The tail of the Ibizan Hound is long and thin, tapering at the tip. Its eyes are light brown or amber colour, which complements the red colouring often seen in its coat. The breed averages 65-70 cm in height and 20-30 kg in weight, with male Ibizan Hounds slightly larger in size than females.
The Ibizan Hound has a playful nature and enjoys goofing around with toys or its family. It is well-suited for home with children and other animals, as its disposition makes it a friend to all. It has an independent streak, but excels at obedience with the right training and leadership. They thrive in a home where they are valued and adored; in return, the Ibizan Hound will be a loyal companion.
This dog requires an average amount of exercise and enjoys spending time outdoors. Its athletic build makes it a great jumper, so care should be taken to ensure that it does not jump over a fence, as it can easily clear a height of two metres.
This adaptable breed is alert to its surroundings and will gladly warn its family as guests approach the home. They are a sensitive and perceptive breed, clearly distinguishing prey from household animals such as cats.
Genetic conditions do not typically affect the Ibizan Hound and it has a reputation as a healthy, resilient breed. It may experience common canine problems such as hip dysplasia and epilepsy. Responsible breeding will help to keep hereditary illnesses to a minimum.
The Ibizan Hound lives to be an average of 11-13 years of age.
Ibizan Hound Organisations in Australia
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Ibizan Hound Organisations in the UK
The English Ibizan Hound Club
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