- AKC recognized in 1978
- Lifespan: 11 – 14 years
- Size: Large
- Energy: High
- Recommended Crate Size: 42” dog crate*
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The Ibizan Hound is an agile and lean dog from the hound family.
The hound has two hair types of the breed: wire and smooth, with the more commonly seen type being smooth. Some consider there to be a third type, long, but the so-called longhair is most likely a variation of the wire.
The breed’s quiet grace is often described as deer-like.
Ibizan Hound history is traceable back to approximately 3400 B.C. The Glory that was ancient Egypt was a most fitting setting for this regal hound, which was owned and used for hunting by the Pharaohs. Numerous artifacts found in the tombs of the Pharaohs now reinforce the existence of this breed during those long past times. The tomb of Tutankhamen proved this when discovered in 1922.
The American Kennel Club formally recognized the Ibiza Hound in 1978.
These high energy dogs are known as world-class sprinters and leapers.
This breed comes from in the island of Eivissa and has been traditionally used in the Catalan-speaking areas of Spain, and France where it was known under the name of le Charnigue.
Usually, it is used to hunt rabbits or other small game. The Ibizan Hound is a fast dog that can hunt on all types of terrain, working by sound, sight, and scent. Hunters run these dogs in mostly female packs, with perhaps a male or two, as the female is considered better hunters.
The Ibizan Hound is considered by most experts as one of the most ancient dog breeds. It is believed the Ibizan evolved from the Tesem, the ancient Egyptian hunting dog.
Traditionally a farmer may have one dog and a very well off farmer two dogs to catch rabbits for food. However, in the last twenty years, it is seen as a sport where between five and fifteen dogs can be seen in the chase of one rabbit.
In the United States, the Ibizan Hound is frequently competed in lure coursing through the AKC and ASFA, and also competes in LGRA straight racing and NOTRA oval track racing. Some parts of the country also use them for coursing live prey, generally jackrabbits.
Ibizan Hounds are lithe and leggy dogs from the dawn of civilization.
It has large erect ears, which is a familiar motif of ancient Egypt.
The elegant, racing body stands 22.5 to 27.5 inches at the shoulder.
It has coat colors of white or solid red, or white and red patterns.
The Ibizan Hound is an elegant and agile breed, with an athletic and attractive outline and a ground-covering, springy trot.
The neck is long and lean.
It has good bone girth and is a rugged and hardy breed.
It also has large upright ears as a hallmark of the breed.
It has a unique front assembly with well laid-back shoulders and relatively straight upper arm.
Commonly their coat is a combination of white and red with the nose, eye rims, ears, and pads of feet being a light tan color.
Its eyes are a striking amber color and have an intelligent and alert expression.
It is recommended to provide feed formulated to large-sized breeds. It is highly recommended to discuss your dog’s feed with your veterinarian and/or breeder in order to determine the size and frequency of meals in order to ensure a healthy, long life. It is also important to ensure that clean, fresh water is always available.
The Ibizan Hound has strong fast-growing nails that should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking.
Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection.
Its teeth should be brushed regularly.
Some Ibizan Hounds do fine with a slow evening stroll around the block, while others need vigorous exercise - especially those that were originally bred for physically demanding jobs, such as hunting or herding.
Without enough exercise, these breeds may put on weight and vent their pent-up energy in ways you don't like, such as chewing, barking, and digging.
Breeds that need a lot of exercise are good for outdoorsy, active people, or those interested in training their dog to compete in a high-energy dog sport, such as agility.
Pet Crate Size
Pet Crates Direct recommends a 42” dog crate* for most adult Ibizan Hounds.
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