AKC Group: Hound
The Ibizan Hound is old enough to have been depicted in Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and sculptures from over 5,000 years ago. They were believed to have been brought into the Western world from Egyptian and Spanish traders around 700 to 900 BC. As their name suggests, they are commonly found on the island of Ibiza and its neighboring islands where they are used to reduce the rabbit and small game population.
Size: 22 to 28 inches high; 45 to 50 pounds
Color: Solid white or red (from a light yellowish red to a deep red); any combination color.
Life span: 10 to 14 years
Health problems: Heart problems, thyroid issues, deafness, seizures, axonal dystrophy, chemical or medication sensitivities.
Ibizan Hounds tend to be even tempered, loyal and alert. These elegant dogs are quiet, laid back and gentle. Highly intelligent, Ibizan Hounds learn quickly. Unfortunately, they can be willful and independent, not necessarily a good choice if this is your first dog. Full of energy, Ibizan Hounds love to jump and leap, are boisterous as puppies but tend to mellow out as they age. They lean towards being protective of their family. Ibizan Hounds tend to get along well with children, but should be socialized properly and early to smaller animals. With your guests, he will be polite but reserved. Ibizan Hounds are sensitive dogs, so use positive training methods and be careful with your tone. Ibizan Hounds are quite adaptable and need plenty of exercise. Be mindful of exercising with him during cold weather. Due to their short coat, the Ibizan Hound doesn’t function well in extreme temperatures. Ibizan Hounds are easy to housebreak. They easily learn new skills. Try to train him in small doses so he doesn’t become overwhelmed. Always correct unwanted behaviors respectfully and positively; if your Ibizan Hound loses respect for you he can become hostile.
The Ibizan Hound is a svelte, lithe, sturdy dog that is medium to large in size. He has large, erect ears. His coat is hard, close-fitting and either smooth or rough in texture. The Ibizan Hound closely resembles the Pharaoh Hound. Grooming needs are low. Brush him weekly. He tends to be a low shedder.