(aka: Podenco Ibicenco, Ca Eivissenc, Balaeric Dog, Ibizan Warren Hound)
The Ibizan Hound is a svelte, lithe, and sturdy dog that is medium to large in size. His large, erect ears add to his alert and curious expression. The coat of the Ibizan Hound is hard, close fitting, and dense, and may be smooth or rough in texture. The coloring of the coat is solid white, solid red, or white and red. The weight of these dogs is around 45 pounds for females and around 50 pounds for males, and the height is around 22-26 inches for females and 23-28 inches for males.
Ibizan Hound Temperament
An even tempered, loyal, and alert dog, the Ibizan Hound is an elegant creature that is quiet, laid back, and gentle. These dogs are quick learners and are very intelligent, but they can be willful and independent, and are best suited to experienced dog owners that can exercise confidence and assertiveness yet remain positive. These dogs are energetic, and love to jump and leap, although they are more boisterous as puppies and tend to calm as they grow older. This breed can be protective, and this makes the Ibizan Hound an effective watchdog. Watchful and observant, the Ibizan Hound is known to be an eager and keen dog, and they are usually relatively easy to housebreak.
The Ibizan Hound gets along well with children, but should be socialized early on with other smaller animals such as cats. With strangers the Ibizan Hound tends to be reserved yet polite. The Ibizan Hound can be sensitive and therefore the right training methods using positive and verbal correction should be used. The Ibizan Hound is an adaptable and versatile breed, and needs plenty of exercise, so is not suited for apartment living or for those unable to provide the attention and exercise that he needs. You should be wary about taking the Ibizan Hound out in colder temperatures, as this breed cannot tolerate extreme cold temperatures.
The Ibizan Hound is a low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming, and his short, close coat will need weekly brushing in order to keep it in good condition. He is a light shedder and therefore may be okay for those with allergy sufferers.
The Ibizan Hound has been depicted in many Ancient Egyptian art forms, and dogs painted on hieroglyphs and sculptures from over 5,000 years ago closely resemble the hound. The dog is thought to have been brought to the Western world from Egyptian and Spanish traders around 700-900 BC. It is a common dog found on the island of Ibiza and nearby islands often reduced their rabbit and small game counts because of Ibiza Hound hunts.
Since the Ibiza Hound enjoys many types of hunts and terrain-exploration, it has become a very fast breed. Working primarily by sight and smell, it can also be used for nocturnal hunting and is a valuable asset to many game hunters. Many Spanish hunters have become famous for running and raising these dogs in packs so that they can make the most of their instinctual skills. This breed is excellent in the sport of lure coursing, and can also make an exceptional show dog.
The Ibizan Hound has a large and multi-colored coat, and is most often associated with the Pharaoh Hound. It was fully recognized by the AKC in 1979.
The Ibizan Hound is very intelligent and will learn new skills exceptionally quickly. They are very sensitive to noise and voice, and will pick up your tone immediately. Ibizan Hounds can gain a lot of skills with a respect training program where you are involved with teaching good manners and correcting behavior problems with ease. This breed learns well with education and teaching it positive daily behaviors will help you earn its respect.
Training in small steps is ideal since they can become overwhelmed easily with an overbearing training method. These dogs need constant stimulation and will learn well in an interactive setting. It is important to use the right tone at all times, and make sure that enough attention is given to the dog's weaknesses as soon as they become evident.
Harsh criticism, manners, and tones can cause this dog to lose respect and become hostile. It's important to understand the personality of the dog before implementing steps for change. Early training and socialization will help the Ibizan Hound bond with both humans and small animals. They are gentle with young children, but their size and activity level can be overwhelming for some children.
Making sure the dog receives plenty of physical touch and affection is an important part of their growth. The dogs will bond better with other dogs and family members when they feel comfortable, respected, safe, and secure.
There are a number of health problems and disorders that have been linked to this breed. This includes heart problems, thyroid problems, deafness, seizures, axonal dystrophy, and sensitivity to chemicals and medications. The parents of the Ibizan Hound puppy should have OFA and CERF certificates.