Ibizan Hound Breed Summary
Energetic, Athletic, Calm, Gentle and Loyal
These dogs are very athletic and noble in appearance! For this reason they are highly prized across many European countries, include Spain, though not as well known in the UK.
More recently, they have started to grow in popularity due to both their lovely appearances and also their caring and loyal personalities. However, puppy numbers are still relatively low and anyone wanting to share their home with one of these dogs would have to be put on a list.
Fun Fact: They were first heard of in the 8th century!
|Kennel Club Group||Hound|
|Lifespan||12 - 14 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 23.5in - 27.5in, Females 22.5in - 26in|
|Weight||Males and Females 35lb - 50lb|
|Coat||Coats are Smooth or Rough but Always Hard and Dense, Lying Close to the Body.|
|Color||Chestnut, Chestnut and white, Lion, Red and white, White, White and chestnut, White and red|
|Common health issues||Seizures, Allergies|
|Other Names||Podenco Ibicenco, Ibizan Warren Hound - Ibizan Podenco|
These dogs are known for their extremely calm and gentle natures who have a real love for 'hoomans'. They love nothing more than being able to please their masters, but are not necessarily the easiest breed to train, seeing as they mature very late, and so would need to be in a family who are familiar with similar breeds. They are also extremely energetic and will need plenty of walks, playtime and exercise as well. But for the right family, who can provide relevant training and socialisation, they make lovely pets with the ability to provide you with years of happiness!
The Ibizan Hounds are supposedly one of the most ancient hounds in the world, although their history is still a mystery to all. What we do know though is that there are images of similar looking dogs in Egyptian Tombs and also on some forms of ancient pottery, which can be dated back over 5,000 years! In terms of their development, it's thought that they were developed when a similar dog arrived in Elvissa whilst Phoenician Traders were visiting the island to trade goods. They were initially bred to hunt and are thought to have barely altered in appearance since their beginning! These Hounds are a well known working dog across many of the Balearic Islands and also in Mainland Spain as well but are rarely seen outside of their homeland.