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Ibizan Hound

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Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan Hound's coat is either smooth, long or wire-haired. The long-haired is very rare with the smooth-haired being the most common. The coat colors are red, white, tan, white/red, or white/tan. Black is not accepted when showing this breed. The long, lean head should be wedge-shaped and have a sharp muzzle. The almond shaped eyes should be amber in color and the triangular-shaped ears should be large and erect. The nose should have a slight convex shape with a rose or flesh color. The strong, lean jaw should have teeth that meet in a scissor-like bite. The long, arched neck fuses into laid back shoulders. The level back is straight and the breastbone prominent. The elongated ribcage is flat with a well tucked up waist. The legs should be straight and feet should have well arched toes. The dewclaws can be left natural or removed. The low set tail should be thin and elongated. It should never be carried over the back.

Temperament Ibizan Hounds are a very affectionate, loyal, independent and protective breed. They love spending time with their families. They also enjoy playing with children and participating in their games, even climbing trees. They are reserved with strangers until they decide no harm will come from the visitors. This breed has strong hunting instincts and may not be safe in the house with small animals. Males can also be aggressive towards same sex dogs. Socializing Ibizan Hounds at an early age will help them get along with other dogs and cats in the household. When integrating a new dog or child into the family, it is best to introduce them slowly. They are a very clean breed and blush when they get excited. They have a difficult time if kenneled. This breed is also fairly vocal.
Height, Weight Height: 22-29" ; Weight: 42-55 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is very hardy but occasionally can be prone to drug sensitivities including insecticides and flea powders. Some are prone to seizures and nerve and muscle disease.
Living Conditions Ibizans will do well living in an apartment but they do best with a large yard. Ibizan Hounds can jump extremely high from a complete standstill. Due to this, they should have high fenced-in areas or roofed dog runs. They are incredibly fast and can be difficult to recapture if they escape. Because of their strong will, they will not come back until they are ready to come back. They are not cautious to traffic which can be disastrous. They are sensitive to the cold.
Exercise This breed needs a great deal of daily exercise. He should have two or three long walks per day if he does not have a large yard in which he can stretch his legs. Do not let this dog off his lead as they are very difficult to recapture.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming This breed does not require much grooming. The coat can be kept shiny by rubbing over it with a rubber glove or by brushing. Check the ears to make sure they are clean and keep the nails short. They are average shedders.
Origin The Ibizan Hound's origins can be traced back to 4000 B.C. and possibly even prior to that. They have been illustrated on numerous Egyptian friezes, one icon being the Anubis. Between 700 and 900 BC, Phoenician traders brought this breed from Egypt to islands off the Spanish coast. They were common throughout the island of Ibiza and its surrounding islands. Spanish hunters used these dogs in packs to hunt rabbit and other small game. In 1979, the Ibizan Hound was recognized by both the AKC and the UKC.
Group AKC Hound, UKC Sighthound and Pariah Dog