Life span: 10-12 Years
Height: 26 – 28 inches (male), 25 – 26 inches (female)
Weight: 45-50 pounds
Noted for its lean build and agility, the Ibizan Hound is a breed from the hound group. The Ibizan Hound has a coat that comes in two very different styles – smooth and wire, with the smooth type being the most popular. It has been around for centuries, and, in fact, the ancient Egyptians created numerous motifs and sculptures focusing on the breed. The Ibizan has long pointed ears and a coat that comes in white, fawn, and red and white.
This loving dog is happy with those it knows but wary of strangers. It gets along well with other household pets that are not small, and should be watched around those that are because of its natural hunter instincts. It is also very high energy, making it the perfect pet for an active owner!
Their ears are large and stand upright, with a small tail that curls in on itself. Their eyes can be hazel, brown, or light brown with a blue, brown or isabelline nose. Their coat can be either smooth or wiry, with the wiry coat being short and occasionally have a moustache on their muzzle, and the smooth coat being straight. Both are harsh to the touch and can be brown, light brown, cream colored, white, and/or red. Nose and eye rims should be skin colored, not black.
Although the exact origin date of this breed is unknown, many theories suggest it might have been around for over 5,000 years. In Egypt, the statue of Anubis, the Watchdog of the Dead, resembles what we know now as the Ibizan Hound. It is believed that the Ibizan Hound was brought into Ibiza during the 8th or 9th century by Phoenicians. Originally, they were used as hunters for rabbits and hares, using patience to catch them. They were unknown to the rest of the world until 1956, when Colonel and Mrs. Consuelo Seoane brought a pair of Ibizan Hounds into Rhode Island. Along with their puppies and other imported Ibizan Hounds, they were the foundation stock for the breed in the United States. In 1979, they were officially recognized by the American Kennel Club, and in 1980 they appeared in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show.
This breed is loving and happy with its family and those it knows, but reserved and wary of strangers, which is part of what makes him a great watchdog, along with its amazing hearing. They do, however, require plenty of socialization in order to prevent it being fearful of strangers. Given their history as hunters, they tend to chase small animals, and therefore may not get along well with small household pets, so be sure to supervise them. Training should be easy as it loves to please its owners, but it may be stubborn at times.
Although generally healthy, this breed may suffer from:
- Allergies that produce the same symptoms you see in humans, and depending on the cause, different treatments can be used.
- Axonal Dystrophy, which is a rare neurological disorder that affects young puppies.
- Cataracts, in which the lens of the eye clouds, causing partial or complete loss of vision.
- Deafness, complete loss of hearing since birth.
- Retinal Dysplasia, a malformation of the retina during its development that is present from birth and is usually mild and has no noticeable effects on the dog’s vision.
- Epilepsy, a neurological disorder that can produce seizures.
This breed’s coat requires little maintenance, with only a weekly brush and occasional bath. Their teeth should be brushed regularly, as well as their ears checked for any dirt to prevent infections and their nails trimmed. They are, however, highly energetic and require enough daily exercise,or they might resort to destructive behavior, and a securely fenced area to play in, especially given that they have been known to jump around 6 feet with ease. They require daily exercise more than once a day and a constant playmate. They should never be let off leash as they can follow their hunter instincts and escape from you. They are easily trained, responding best to positive reinforcement.