The Ibizan Hound!
Also known as the Podenco Ibicenco, Ibizan Warren Hound, or Ibizan Podenco, the Ibizan hound has three varieties: smooth-haired, long-haired, and wire-haired. The wire-haired has a longer coat of rough hair, It is an agile, deer-like, athletic and elegant hound that has a long arched neck, and long wedge-shaped head. Ibizan Hounds have amber eyes and very large, triangular ears that stand on end when they are excited or alert. They have extraordinarily healthy teeth. They have a slightly convex shaped nose called “Roman nose” that is rose or flesh-colored. Though they are not as slender as other sighthounds, they have fine-boned bodies with flat, sleek muscles, minus the heaviness. Ibizan Hounds have perfectly straight front legs all the way from the elbows to the ground. They have long, slender tails hanging low when they are relaxed and carried higher when they are excited or alert.
Some Quick Facts:
Flexible; yard must have extra-high fence
Long daily walk and yard play.
Standard Hair Colors:
White or red; solid or in any combination.
National breed club:
The Ibizan Hound Club of the United States
Ibizan Hound Skills
Ibizan Hound Personality
Ibizan Hounds are clean, quiet, polite, and playful. They are sometimes called “Beezers” by those who fancy them. This breed is a gentle, sensible, and sensitive bunch that are good with children. They are protective and will hold back watchfully with strangers. However, once they decide the stranger means no harm, they will calm down fast. The Ibizan hound is bred to hunt small pets such as rabbits, rodents and cats so be careful with them around. Be sure to take extra care with cats because they will likely chase and kill a cat it does not know. Ibizan Hounds are pack animals by nature so it is a good suggestion to get a puppy for the household to make things easier for them. They sometimes think they are part of the human pack so any addition must be introduced carefully. They respect household rules and they love humans. They cannot be kept as kennel dogs. Joining dog sports is okay for them as long they are properly trained. They respond easily to the voice of their master and a nice call always achieves more than a gruff command.
They require moderate exercise. A daily walk and active yard play should suffice.
The Ibizan Hound will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. The Ibizan Hound can jump very high from a complete standstill, enabling him to easily jump most fences. An incredibly fast dog, the Ibizan Hound can be extremely difficult to re-capture. They are sighthounds, meaning they hunt by sight rather than scent. Ibizans have selective hearing and an independent nature. They will take off running and WILL NOT come back until they feel like it. The strong chase instinct and lack of caution in traffic can lead to disaster. A large fenced area is best for regular exercise. Breed Club literature suggests at least 40X60 feet. The breed is quite sensitive to cold, as his coat is not very protective.
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