Ibizan Hound

History/Evolution:

The Ibizan Hound’s roots can be traced back to the days of ancient Egypt, when sea traders are believed to have brought Hounds to the island of Ibiza off the coast of Spain. A skilled runner and jumper, the Ibizan was used in packs to hunt rabbits in the rough terrain of its native land. The elegant Hound with amber eyes was brought to the U.S. in the mid-1950s. Though a rare breed, the Ibizan is a highly regarded competitor and makes an excellent family pet.


Size:

Large; females 221/2 to 26 inches, 45 pounds; males 231/2 inches to 271/2 inches, 50 pounds.

Color:

White or red, solid or in combination.

Temperament:

Even tempered, affectionate, loyal; intelligent and trainable. Aloof with strangers; some can be timid. Good with children and other pets.

Energy level:

Moderate to high.

Best owner:

Active owner in a rural or suburban home.

Needs:

Daily exercise (long walks with chances for sprints), tall fences, warm surroundings and soft bedding, occasional brushing (weekly for wire coat).

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.