The Ibizan Hound is a unique breed that has a sweet and soulful disposition. They're beloved by many dog fanciers and make a wonderful family pet!
The Ibizan Hound is often compared to the Pharaoh Hound, with the difference being their coat color and size. The breed was been depicted in ancient Egypt dating back to at least 3400 B.C., but they were eventually brought to Ibiza off the Spanish coast and is now considered a Spanish breed. Being a sighthound, the Ibizan Hound was used to hunt rabbit.
Family-Friendly and Active
The Ibizan Hound does very well with children and medium- to large-sized dogs. They are gentle around children, but also quite sensitive. Because of their sensitive nature, it's important that positive and calm methods are used when training the Ibizan. They are a smart breed and will take to training very easily.
They are active and will enjoy a family that can include them in their everyday activities. They make a great running, hiking, and walking partner. This breed will require a daily exercise program to keep them mentally healthy and happy. If you work long hours, consider giving your Ibizan some playtime at your local Doggy Daycare.
A cute trait of the Ibizan is that they will "blush" (like the Pharaoh Hound) when excited.
Unless raised with a cat, breeders do not recommend this breed for a feline household. This breed is not a good match if you have small critters either.
Shhhhhhh....did you hear that?
This breed is not yappy and will rarely bark. So if a watchdog is what you are seeking, the Ibizan should be reconsidered. They tend to be leery of strangers and will carefully watch them, but will not bark to alert. Once they feel comfortable around the visitors, the Ibizan will quickly relax.
Early socialization for the Ibizan Hound will help them be more sociable and less leery.
Lure Coursing, a Great Sport
Because of their wonderful sighthound trait, this breed will excel at fun sports like Lure Coursing. They will benefit from a fenced in-yard, as they are not the ideal breed to have off-leash. Their natural chasing instinct can be very dangerous as they do not take busy roads into account. They have an uncanny ability to jump very high from a standstill position, so a tall fence is required.
Smooth, Wire, or Longhaired Doesn't Matter. Grooming Is Minimal Either Way
The Ibizan Hound comes in three different types of coats: smooth, wire, and longhaired. The good news is that all three coats are very easy to maintain. The wirehaired does not require hand-plucking, the smooth requires a simple rub down with a special glove to keep the coat shiny, and all will benefit from a daily brushing.They do shed and are not considered allergy friendly.
This breed is known for their cleanliness, so bathing is infrequent. Their ears are large and pointed, and they should have weekly cleanings to prevent ear infections. Regular nail trimmings are a must.
The common Ibizan Hound health issues include allergic reactions to insecticides (including flea preventions), seizures, and Axonal Dystrophy (a nerve and muscle disease). Their average lifespan is 10-12 years.
Consider looking for an Ibizan Hound through rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!
At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.
On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!
Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe