Ibizan Hound (Hound Group)
The Ibizan Hound is one of the most instinctive hunting dogs of the Hound Group. They can locate just about any animal using highly tuned-in scent and hearing skills. If given the chance to chase, these dogs will jump at the opportunity to go after small animals. They often bark while chasing prey, which is uncommon among most sighthounds. Indoors, the Ibizan makes a wonderful house pet with a quiet, well-mannered demeanor and highly devoted to its family.
A Brief History Of The Ibizan Hound
The Ibizan hound has its roots that date back to the Ancient times, from the Balearic Islands. Their physical appearance is strikingly similar to that of the Pharaoh Hound, both bearing an amazing similar look as those depicted in Egyptian tombs.
It is said that Ancient Phoenician sea traders had brought these dogs with them to the Balearic Islands (Ibizan), where they remained secluded from the outside world for some time. And although Ibizan had experienced many rulers over the years, the Ibizan Hound still remained totally pure without being crossed with other breeds. Very little has changed from its ancestral stock.
The first Ibizan Hound made its way to the United States during the 1950s. The dog made quite an impression due to its unusually striking look. Although it became popular quickly, the breed’s numbers never really took off. Gradually it had gained enough notice to be recognized by the AKC in 1979. Today the Ibizan still remains a rare breed to be seen.
Upkeep Requirements For The Ibizan Hound
Being the proud owner of the Ibizan Hound means living an active lifestyle. Daily runs or sprints in a safe area will keep this dog happy. In fact, they have the most fun when allowed to run at full speed, which means having access to a large field. Ideally you should live on a large property with plenty of open land to keep the Ibizan happy.
This not the type of hound that is meant to live outdoors. Although they should have access to the yard during the day it is important that they sleep inside at night with the family. Ibizan dogs have a moderate tolerance for heat but not so much for cooler temperatures. Grooming requirements for the breed calls for the occasional brushing every couple of weeks. The wire-coated version will need brushing more often – about once weekly.
The average lifespan of the Ibizan Hound is between twelve and fourteen years. There are no major Health Concerns to worry about. Minor health problems that run common in the breed include seizures and allergies. Rarely seen is retinal dysplasia, cataracts, axonal dystrophy, and deafness. Veterinarians suggest that Ibizan Hounds get specifically tested for eye problems.