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Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan Hound's drama doesn't come from its size, certainly there are larger dogs and sighthounds, nor from its coat, even as usual as the wire coat can be.  The outline is not nearly as dramatic as other sighthounds like the Whippet and Greyhound.  It even shares its color since the Pharoah Hound is also red (but ideally without the white).  So where does the presence of the Ibizan Hound come from?  Perhaps it is the calm, even tempered demeanor or those exquisite ears.  Maybe the glory is that the Ibizan Hound's outline is glorious but simple and moderate.  Regardless, this is one of the canine world's treasures whose existence may have even served as the inspiration for the God Anubis for the Egyptians (yes, it seems the breed is that old!) and you can be sure that Ibizan Hound fanciers know it!

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General Information
Group(s): HoundsSighthound Height: 22.5-27.5 inches
Weight: 40-55 pounds Longevity: low teens
Colors: red (which may be pale, known as lion to deep red) and white in any combination Coat type: two allowed coat types: smooth (which is as other sighthounds, short and sleek) and wire (one-three inches long, harsh and with a bit of fringe and mustache)
Recognized Registries: FCI, UKC, AKC, NCA and others
Overall Appearance: The large price ears and distinctly but not overdone, sighthound outline make the Ibizan Hound immediately recognizable. The dramatic red and white coat in smooth or wire coat is also singular.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: mellow inside; active outside
General Nature: Loyal, affectionate and easy going.
  with Children: Generally very good presuming the children are respectful
  with other pets: Still maintain a great deal of hunting drive, thus not always good with smaller animals
  with dogs: Usually very good
Socialization requirements: moderate to high: shyness would not be unusual in an example that lacked proper socialization
Ideal home characteristics: One that appreciates the atheleticism, grace and agility as well as unique nature of the breed.
Temperament Notes: Even tempered, agile, versatile and quite trainable.
Training requirement: Moderate: socialization and basic manners but if you stop there you are missing out on most of the fun.
Trainer notes: The Ibizan Hound may not be as fast as some of the other coursing breeds but its remarkable agility and jumping ability more than makes up for it.  The expression "turning on a dime, and giving you a nickel in change" must have been coined after seeing an Ibizan.  As such, they are naturals for an athletic, fun and fast paced endeavor like Agility.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: Likely ancient, may be one of the most ancient hound breeds with a striking resemblence to Anubis (Egyptian God).
Country of Origin: Ibiza is off the coast of Spain but they likely date back to ancient Egypt
Original Function: Rabbit Hunters using sight, scent and sound
History: Probably taken to Ibiza by Phoenecian sailors around the 8th century.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: Oversized, excessive bone
Health Notes: seizures, allergies, eye problems, immune issues, deafness though most of these problems are with very low incidence
Health Testing: BAER, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:   http://www.digitaldog.com/breeder_questions.html  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!
  • How long have you had Ibizan Hounds?
  • Why do you have Ibizan Hounds (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of an Ibizan Hound?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Ibizan Hound?
  • How would you describe the ideal Ibizan Hound home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training an Ibizan Hound?
  • How do you assist or help Ibizan Hounds in need of rescue?
  • Web Sites:

    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/2446/rescue.htm - Ibizan Hound Club of America Rescue Information

    Other Resources
    Breed standard:

    http://www.ukcdogs.com/breeds/sighthoundspariahs/ibizanhound.std.shtml - UKC Standard for the Ibizan Hound

    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/2446/standard.htm - Standard for the Ibizan Hound Club of America

    Breeder Ethics:

    http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pointe/2446/ethics.htm - Code of Ethics for the Ibizan Hound Club of America

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