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Ibizan Hound

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Ibizan Hound AKC Group: Hound
Height: Male: 24-29 inches, Female: 22-27 inches
Weight: 45-65 pounds
Colors: Red, white
AKC recognized in: 1978

Ibizan Hounds are best described as a lean, elegant, and agile dogs belonging to the hound family. There are two recognized types, the smooth-haired and the wire-haired. If ever, a third but rarer type would be the long-haired.

The Ibizan Hound originated from the exotic island of Eivissa. This breed was developed to hunt rabbit, hare, and other small game in the surrounding areas of Spain and France.

The female Ibizan is the better hunter. They run in predominantly female packs, with wise hunters adding a male or two. As fast hunting dogs, "Beezers" work on all kinds of terrain. More than scent hounds, they also utilize their sense of sight and sound to track their prey.

Known as a rugged and hardy breed, it is said to have good bone girth. Its upper arms are straight, while its shoulders are well laid-back. Above all, the large, upright ears which are set upon an elegant head and a lean neck would be the very hallmarks of a well-bred Ibizan.

One thing which fascinates you most about the Ibizan is how it covers so much ground in a light, springy trot. Graceful in movement, it creates an attractive and athletic outline while running.


Ibizan Hound Summary
Affection two paws
Cold Tolerance two paws
Ease of Training two paws
Energy level three paws
Exercise Requirements three paws
Friendliness : Children three paws
Friendliness: Other Animals three paws
Friendliness: Other Pets three paws
Grooming Requirements two paws
Heat Tolerance three paws
Playfulness three paws
Protection Ability one paw
Watchdog Ability four paws

The red-and-white combination on an Ibizan's coat becomes even more striking because of its amber-colored eyes. Its eyes carry a deer-like expression you can't help but appreciate.

As to work and obedience, these dogs have been ranked as average to moderate. But as to temperament, that's where you see them in their active, winning form.

What truly fascinates you about these dogs is how delightful and engaging they are. Every Ibizan is a natural at performing antics. They are the true clowns and real entertainers of the dog world.

They can be stubborn and independent at times, but they take well to training when you start early. They resist any form of punishment, but they respond well to positive methods which reinforce good behavior.

Health and Exercise

Quiet but alert, they will only bark when necessary. Sounding the alarm as needed makes them very good watchdogs whether they're out in the kennel or within your home.

Being sensitive hounds, they interact closely with people and are considerate of children. This makes them excellent house dogs and family companions.

Knowing that an Ibizan is active and athletic in nature, do yourself and your dog a whole lot of good by giving it enough exercise. Energize its physical and mental state with brisk walks and long runs daily.

In the outdoors, you will discover how agile they are at climbing and jumping high fences even from a standing position. This feat should remind you to safely keep them on a leash or in an enclosed area.

When your Ibizan is under treatment, remember that it is particularly sensitive to anesthetics with barbiturates. There are also minor cases of allergies to insecticides and less of seizures from nerve and muscle disease.

But when it's healthy and cared for, an Ibizan lives as long as 12 to 14 years. The most to watch out for would be age-related ear problems like deafness and eye problems like cataracts and retinal dysplasia.

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