Ibizan Hound Overview
Originating in the Spanish island of Ibiza, this ancient breed has been around for nearly thousands of years. The breed is a Sighthound, hunting game such as rabbits to help supplement the food islanders ate. The breed has since expanded its reach beyond the island, becoming a popular dog for hunting and companionship first in Europe, then across the world.
Ibizan Hound Characteristics
The Ibizan Hound has a similar body shape to the more popular Greyhound, however it sports a curlier tail and the characteristic large, round, upright ears. Ibizan hounds can come in both a smooth-coated variety, as well as a wire-haired coat.
Ibizan Hound Temperament
Ibizans are friendly, outgoing dogs, and do well in family groups whether that is with other humans or dogs. However, due to their hunting nature, they must be extensively socialized if they are to be near smaller animals such as cats or pocket pets.
Ibizan Hound Care
The Ibizan lives on average 10 to 12 years, typical for the breed. They are prone to very few health issues, the most prominent being allergies. These can be either food or environmental allergies, and should be taken care of to prevent skin damage.
Ibizan Hound Coat
The two varieties of coat found in the Ibizan Hound, smooth and wirehair are both very easy to care for. Occasional brushing, or rubbing down with a grooming glove or curry comb will help keep the coat clean and free of debris. Care should be taken to inspect the skin, especially if the dog has a history of allergies.
Ibizan Hound Training
Like Greyhounds, the Ibizan can appear indifferent to training methods. While not typically a “trick” dog, the breed does pick up and respond well to household manners. Training with patience and positive reinforcement are key to getting the Ibizan to listen, to a certain extent.
Ibizan Hound Activity
As an active Sighthound, the Ibizan Hound should be given plenty of exercise and activity. However, like some other ancient hunting breeds such as the Basenji, the Ibizan should not be let off leash to exercise unless the area is securely fenced and safe. Otherwise, the Ibizan may go on his own hunting adventure regardless of the dangers around him.