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Ibizan Hound


Ibizan Hound Facts

  • Group
  • Hound
  • Affiliations
  • Height
  • 22.5" - 27.5"
  • Weight
  • 45-50 lbs.
  • Lifespan
  • 12 years | Add yours

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  • Exercise Requirement
  • Moderate - This breed enjoys typical daily activity
  • Training Requirement
  • Average Training Time
  • Grooming Requirement
  • Easy
  • Colors
    • White
    • Red
  • Breed Characteristics
    • Good with children
    • Hunting heritage
    • Should sleep indoors

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Alternate Names

none known


The Ibizan hound's history can be traced back to 3,400 B.C.

Date Of Origin

Ancient Egypt has revealed artifacts that claim to have once been the home of the Ibizan hound.


The Ibzian hound is an ancient breed with ancestry that can be traced back nearly five thousand years. Depictions of similar hounds have been found in tombs from 3,400 B.C. During the eighth and ninth centuries it is believed to have been brought from Egypt to the island of Ibiza and the southern coast of Spain. There, the breed was kept by Spanish farmers and hunters and used to hunt small game, including rabbits.


The Ibizan hound is a large, muscular dog with a deer like look. It is slightly longer than it is tall with a deep chest and long, arched neck. It has a long, narrow head and muzzle. The nose is large and flesh colored, as are the lips. The small eyes range in color from amber to caramel. The ears are large, naturally erect, and very mobile. The long tail is carried in a sickle, ring, or saber position. The Ibizan has two coat types: smooth or wirehaired (most believe that the long coat is a version of the wirehair). The smooth coat is hard and short, especially on the head and ears. It is longest at the rump. The wirehair coat is one to three inches long. It may be white or red, either solid or in combination.


The Ibizan hound is active, loyal and affectionate. It is versatile and trainable and makes an excellent family pet. It is catlike in its fastidiousness. The Ibizan hound is playful with friends and family but somewhat wary with strangers. It gets along very well with other dogs and children. It matures slowly.


This breed was used to hunt and track small game. Today it makes an excellent companion dog.

Health Concerns

Axonal dystrophy, sensitive to anesthesia and other drugs and pesticides.

Additional Information

This dog requires daily exercise to keep from being destructive.

Show Sources & Contributors +


The Howell Book Of Dogs

Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Author: Liz Palika

Dog Bible

Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005

Website: http://www.bowtiepress.com/bowtie/

Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein

The New Encyclopedia of the Dog

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Publishing, 2000

Website: http://www.dk.com

Author: Bruce Fogle

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