Ibizan Hound dogs with a distinct deer-like appearance are considered as good hunting hounds and wonderful family pets. They are believed to have originated in Spain. These sight hounds are also known by other names like Podenco Ibicenco, Ibizan Warren Hound, Ca Eivissenc, Balaeric Dog etc.
These dogs are quite similar to Pharaoh Hounds, though larger in size. Apart from hunting, these medium to large sized dogs are also used for racing and lure coursing as they possess good speed and agility.
Ibizan Hound breed dogs closely resemble dogs depicted in early Egyptian drawings and paintings and hence the breed is believed to have originated in ancient times. Some geneticists like Elaine Ostrander, on the other hand, believe that this is a more recent breed.
These dogs are strong and muscular but not heavy. They are characterized by a fine bone structure and clean-cut lines. The long and narrow head seems to be finely chiseled.
The almond shaped eyes are expressive but not protruding. The nose is flesh colored and eyes are amber to caramel colored. The ears are large and erect. These dogs come in three varieties of hair coats, that is, smooth haired, long haired and wire haired.
Color: Common Ibizan Hound colors are solid white, solid red, white and red or white and tan.
Height: The average height of Ibizan Hound dog breed is 22 to 29 inches.
Weight: Both male as well as female Ibizan Hounds are usually 42 to 55 pounds in weight.
Ibizan Hound dog breed is sensitive to anesthesia. These dogs can also be allergic to pesticides, insecticides and other similar drugs used for flea control. Some dogs may be prone to health issues like eye problems, deafness, Axonal Dystrophy, nerve and muscle disease. Some may also be susceptible to seizures.
Life Expectancy: The average Ibizan Hound life expectancy is generally 10 to 12 years.
Litter Size: the average litter size is about 6 puppies.
All the three varieties of Ibizan Hound hair coat are easy to groom and need to be brushed and combed occasionally, preferably on a weekly basis. The smooth hair coat can simply be rubbed over with the help of a damp washcloth or rubber glove to maintain it in perfect shiny condition.
The long haired variety can be clipped to avoid matting. The wire hair coat is also easy to maintain and does not need to be hand plucked. The long haired variety is not too common.
Other Ibizan Hound grooming activities include cleaning the eyes, checking and cleaning the ears to avoid infections, nail clipping and other similar activities. These dogs are relatively clean so they do not need to be bathed frequently. They are average shedders.
Ibizan Hound temperament is loyal, friendly, intelligent, obedient, alert, protective, well mannered and sensitive. These even tempered dogs are friendly with children but can be reserved with strangers in the beginning.
As for other pets, they usually get along well with other dogs but not considered suitable for smaller pets such as rabbits, cats etc due to their natural hunting instincts.
These dogs need to be trained and socialized well right from puppyhood. It is advisable to avoid using harsh methods while training these sensitive dogs that tend to become bored quite easily.
They can develop separation anxiety when left alone for longer durations. Ibizan Hound puppies are generally boisterous but usually become gentle and quiet as they mature. These alert dogs can be entrusted with watchdog duties as well.
These energetic dogs require plenty of exercise. They need to be taken for two to three long walks on a daily basis. Besides, they should be given enough opportunity to run fee in a safe area. You can also play retrieving games with your beloved doggy to provide adequate mental and physical stimulation.
However, be careful while letting your dog play outdoors as these dogs have the ability to easily jump off the fence even without a take off run. Ibizan Hound dogs are moderately active indoors and do well in apartment situation, especially when provided with a properly fenced large sized yard for play.