Ibizan Hound is a lean and athletic dog originating from the Balearics Island of Ibiza. There are two types of these dogs – smooth and wire. They are very active dogs that are extremely family-oriented and even-tempered. Ibizan Hounds were originally been bred for hunting rabbits and smaller games. Although they have a high amount of energy, these are very adaptable dogs and are suited for apartment living as long as you provide them with the right amount of exercise. These dogs are also called Podenco Ibiceno and Ibizan Warren Hound.
FUN FACT: These dogs as often described as deerlike.
22-27 in (56-69 cm)
45-50 lb (20-23 kg)
Ibizan Hound was brought to the Balearic Islands about 3000 years ago. These dogs were used for hunting rabbits. At that time, chasing a rabbit wasn't a sport – it was more a survivor race. Centuries later these dogs have the same characteristic.
FUN FACT: Ibizan Hounds were officially introduced in the AKC in 1978.
Dog Breed Characteristics
- Group 5 Spitz and primitive types. Section 7 Primitive type-Hunting dogs. Without working trial.
- HEIGHT: Dogs: 26-28 in (66 - 72 cm), females 23-26 in (60 - 67 cm)
- Height: 22-27 in (56-69 cm)
- Weight: 45-50 lb (20-23 kg)
- Life Expectancy: 11-14 years
- Group: Hound Group
Ibizan hounds come in two coat variants – smooth and wire. Smooth Ibizan Hounds are more common. Both variants require proper care to keep this dog looking good. Weekly brushing will be enough to keep the dead hair off this dog and for their hair to remain healthy.
Ibizan Hound coat colors:
- White or red – from light – yellowish red to deep red
- Solid or in any color combination
Caring for these dogs is simple. Weekly you should check your dog and:
- Brush their teeth
- Trim their nails when it is required
- Check their ears for infection signs.
Ibizan Hound is a very active dog that requires a lot of daily activities. These dogs will enjoy long walks, running, hiking, basically everything that includes a lot of movements. You can also take your dog to the dog park where he can play with other canines.
FUN FACT: These dogs are jumpers and it is not uncommon that they will jump over the fixed fence.
If you don't provide them with enough activities they will become destructive. Also, keep in mind that Ibizan Hounds have a strong prey drive and they shouldn't be trusted off-leash in an unsecured area. If they see something they perceive as prey they will without of doubt start the chase.
Ibizan Hounds are sweet-natured, versatile dogs that fit excellent in family life. They are very affectionate and loyal and all members of your family will enjoy this dog. They are a good choice for children as they can be gentle and they can play for hours with them.
These dogs enjoy the company of other dogs and will be excellent partners if they are raised together from puppyhood.
Ibizan Hounds have a life expectancy of 11-14 years and they are healthy dogs. However, they are prone to some health issues that you should be aware of.
Ibizan Hounds health problems include:
- Hip dysplasia,
- Autoimmune thyroiditis
- Congenital deafness
- Eyes diseases
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