Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound
Original Function: 

hunting rabbits

Other name: 

podenco Ibicenco, ca Eibisenc, Balaeric dog

Place of Origin: 

Ibiza (Balaeric Islands)


sighthound, Southern (pariah), primitive

Date of Origin: 

ancient times

Primary Current Function: 

lure coursing


First believed to have originated in ancient Egypt, the Ibizan hound looks very much like the dogs portrayed on the walls of the pyramids. Some still believe this rare breed is a descendent of the hunting dogs owned and revered by the Pharaohs in 3400 B.C., and that the Pharaoh hound and Ibizan hound are indeed the same breed. If this is true, it may be that the Phoenician traders brought the Ibizan hound to Ibiza from Egypt.

Ibizan Hound Breed Health

Occasionally seen: 


Life span: 

12 – 14 years

Major concerns: 


Minor concerns: 



sensitive to anesthesia

Avg Size of Male: 

Height: 23.5 – 27.5 inches, Weight: 50 pounds

Suggested tests: 


Avg Size of Female: 

Height: 22.5 - 26 inches, Weight: 45 pounds

Ibizan Hound Breed History

However, geneticist Elaine Ostrander maintains that the Ibizan hound is a more recent breed that was constructed to mimic the ancient Egyptian dog. Whatever its origin, the Ibizan hound was used as a hunter, particularly of rabbits and other small game. It’s said that the female is a better hunter than the male. Two Ibizan hounds were first brought to America in 1956 by Colonel Seoane and his wife. The first litter of American-born Ibizans was produced by this pair of dogs. The remarkable looks of the breed garnered much attention at first, but few people actually became owners. However, popularity grew slowly and in 1979 the AKC recognized the Ibizan hound. To this day it remains one of the rarer breeds.

Ibizan Hound Breed Appearance

Often described as having the elegance of a deer, this athletic and racy breed is known for its agility and grace. Slightly longer than it is tall, the Ibizan hound features clean cut lines and a fine bone structure. The back is straight and level. It can jump to amazing heights from a standstill – a tribute to its lithesome form. The long and narrow head is finely chiseled and features small, oblique eyes, usually in an amber or caramel color. The neck is long and arched. The ears are quite large and triangular, and they stand upright when the dog is alert. With a minute Roman convex, the muzzle is long and slender. The nose is a natural rosy color and the teeth, well-set and strong, form a perfect scissor bite. The tail is slender and long and it is carried low when the dog is relaxed, a bit higher when alert. The trot is light and graceful. The Ibizan hound is hare-footed with long toes. The front legs are very long and straight, while the back legs feature strong, flatly-muscled thighs. The Ibizan hound is generally either short-haired or wire-haired, although a third variety, long-haired, is found rarely. The wire-hair coat is usually 1- 3 inches long and this kind may sport an abundant moustache. It features more hair on the tail, the back of the thighs, and the back. The short-hair type has shorter hair on the ears and head with longer hair under the tail and on the back of the thighs. The Ibizan hound coat color varies and consists of white, tan and red – generally either sold white or red, or a combination of white and red or white and tan. The coat is usually rough in texture.

Ibizan Hound Breed Temperament

Best described as even-tempered, the Ibizan hound (sometimes lovingly referred to as a “Beezer”) is gentle, quiet, and loyal. It is good with small children but care should be taken with small pets such as cats or rabbits. The Ibizan is a hunter by nature. A cat that is raised with this type of dog should be safe because the Ibizan will consider the cat part of the “pack.” However, the Ibizan will likely kill a cat it does not know. Although sensitive and sometimes willful, this breed is trainable and enjoys learning, but will bore easily. It will respond better to a friendly voice than a gruff order. The Ibizan hound is clean and respectful of house rules. It is not a kennel dog. It enjoys human company. From a young age it is important to socialize this breed with other dogs, other animals and with humans. Although it retains its impressive instinct for hunting, the Ibizan hound makes a quiet, companionable house pet.

Ibizan Hound Breed Maintenance

The coat of the Ibizan hound requires minimum grooming and it is considered to be an average shedder. An occasional brushing is all that’s needed for any of the coat types in this breed. Frequently check to be sure the ear passages are clean and keep the claws trimmed. This breed needs plenty of exercise. If a high-fenced yard is not available, the Ibizan hound should have two to three long walks per day, as well as a chance to run at least once a day. A full grown dog can run alongside a bicycle, but this is not appropriate for Ibizan puppies. Retrieving games are a favorite of this breed. Keep the dog on its leash in unsecured areas. The Ibizan is independent and fast – and very difficult to recapture if it gets away. It will only come back when it’s ready. The ability to spring to great heights allows it to jump many fences. Puppies should be handled from the start to ensure proper socialization. This breed does not do well in kennels. It will appreciate a soft bed that is kept away from drafts. Although typically a strong and hardy breed, the Ibizan hound can suffer from allergies to drugs such as flea powders and other insecticides. Some dogs may be prone to seizures, Axonal Dystrophy and nerve and muscle diseases. False pregnancies are also common.

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