Ibizan Hound

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Ibizan Hound History

The Ibizan Hound is an ancient breed of scenthound from the island of Ibiza. The Ibizan Hound is a medium-sized, long-legged hound. The Ibizan Hound is of ancient origin. The Phoenicians were noted for their fondness for the dogs, which they used to hunt rabbits. The Romans also used the dogs to hunt, but kept the dogs close to their villas, where they were quite pampered. The dogs were clearly a favorite of the Romans, as they were depicted in a number of mosaics. The Phoenicians and Romans most likely brought the dog to Spain, where it remains a popular hunting and tracking dog. The Spanish drove the Moors out of Spain in 1492, and the dogs became very popular among the Spanish nobility. They were popular with the royal family, and by the 1700s they were often given to foreign kings and queens as gifts. The queen of England was very fond of the hunting dogs, and to meet the demand she imported more from Spain. The English Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1885. The Ibizan Hound was featured in the animated film The Secret of NIMH, and has been featured in several movies since.

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Ibizan Hound Physical Characteristics

The Ibizan Hound is a medium to large sized breed that generally stand between 22 and 27 inches at the withers and weigh between 60 and 70 pounds. They have a thick, sturdy build with medium length, coarse hair that forms into a mane. They have a long tail that is curled and tapers to a point. Their ears are long and hang down. The Ibizan hound has dark, oval, almond shaped eyes. The Ibizan hound is intelligent, agile, and comes in a variety of colors and patterns.

Eye Colors

Hazel, Brown, Amber

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Height Range

Male Height Range: 26 – 28 inches

Female Height Range: 24 – 26 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 45 – 65 lbs

Female Weight Range: 45 – 65 lbs

Ibizan Hound Health

Description of breed health.


10-12 yrs

Ibizan Hound Health Concerns

Hip And Elbow Dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s Disease, Hypothyroidism, Cataracts, Retinal Dysplasia, Thrombopathia

Ibizan Hound Temperament and Behaviour

The Ibizan Hound is an energetic and fun-loving breed that enjoys playing outdoors. They are independent and stubborn, and can be difficult to train. They are loyal to their owners, but are reserved and suspicious of strangers.

Ibizan Hound Activity Requirements

Ibizan Hounds are a high-energy breed of dog that enjoys long, brisk walks. They are often compared to Greyhounds in appearance and speed, and they make excellent running companions. The Ibizan Hound is an athletic, intelligent, and obedient dog. They are easy to train and eager to please. They are loyal and protective of their families, and they love being the center of attention. The Ibizan Hound is an all-around great companion who thrives with regular exercise. Due to their athletic nature, the Ibizan Hound is best suited to a home with a large, fenced yard. This can make apartment living difficult, as they require lots of space. They are not a low-maintenance dog, but are well worth the effort.

Miles Per Day

6 miles

Activity Per Day

30 minutes

Daily Food

2.5 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Recognized by the American Kennel Club

Ibizan Hound is part of the Hound group.

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The Kennel Club

Recognized by The Kennel Club

Ibizan Hound is part of the Hound group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Recognized by the Australian National Kennel Council

Ibizan Hound is part of the Hound group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Recognized by the Canadian Kennel Club

Ibizan Hound is part of the Hound group.

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