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Ibizan Hounds are medium-sized hunting dogs
which are elegant, agile, and deer-like in
appearance. The hard textured coat which is
either a short or wire type has various colors
of red and white - solid or in combination.
Ibizan Hounds have large, upright ears which
are unique to this breed. These athletic dogs
were used to hunt rabbit and other small game
by sight, sound and / or scent.
Ibizan Hounds are considered by most experts
to be an ancient dog with a history dating
back to around 3400 B.C. Numerous artifacts
uncovered in the tombs of Egyptian Pharaohs
closely resemble the Ibizan Hound. In addition,
a life size statue of Anubis also known as
"The Watchdog of the Dead", was
discovered in 1922 at the entrance of King
Tut's tomb. This statue is an exact match
to today's Ibizan Hound.
It is believed Ibizan Hounds made their way
to Ibiza - an island from which the breed
takes its name - off the coast of Spain in
the Mediterranean Sea. Ibiza was discovered
by Phoenicians in the 8th or 9th century B.C.
Ibizan Hounds were imported to the United
States by Colonel and Mrs. Consuelo Seoane
in 1956 and the breed was recognized by the
American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1979.
"The Ibizan Hound
Club of The United States is the official
AKC parent breed club for the Ibizan Hound.
The Club's roots can be traced back to the
mid-1970's organization, Ibizan Hound Fanciers
and Exhibitors of the U.S. Today ICHUS consists
of members throughout the world and is dedicated
to promoting the qualities and attributes
of the Ibizan Hound." ~ Source:
The height of a Ibizan Hound is 22-29 inches
Weight: The weight of a Ibizan
Hound is 42-55 pounds (19-25 kg)
The Ibizan Hound breed has two types of coat
- short and wire hair. Both types have a hard
The color of the Ibizan Hound's
coat is of various colors of red and white
- can be solid or in combination.
Ibizan Hounds have been described as even-tempered,
affectionate and loyal. They can be playful
and silly. They're known to be very good with
children making this breed an excellent family
pet. Ibizan Hounds are intelligent and respond
well to positive training. They can be stubborn
at times, they're sensitive and wary of strangers
until they get to know them. The Ibizan Hound
is alert and makes a good watchdog. Ibizan
Hounds have a natural hunting instinct and
must be kept on a leash unless in a secure
area as Ibizan Hounds will take off (they
can also jump very high). Daily exercise such
as long walks, a run (especially alongside
a bicycle), and retrieving are necessary for
this active breed.
Health Problems: Generally
a healthy breed, however the Ibizan Hound
can be prone to serious issues that can include
seizures, deafness, eye disorders and allergies.
Average life expectancy of a Ibizan Hound
is between 11 - 14 years.
• Ibizan Hounds were
recognized by the AKC as an breed in 1979.
• The Ibizan Hound Club of The United
States is the official AKC parent breed club
for the Ibizan Hound.
• A female
Ibizan Hound is considered a better hunter
than the male.
• The Ibizan Hound,
also called 'Podenco Ibicenco' ('the dog with
the air of the a doe'),
are also sometimes referred to by fanciers
as 'Beezers'. .
AKC: Hound Group
ANKC: Group 4 - Hounds
CKC: Group 2 - Hounds
FCI: Group 5 Spitz and Primitive types; Section
UKC: Sighthounds and Pariahs