Breed Introduction: Ibizan Hound Dog

One of the world's rarest dog breed ever!

Ibizan Hound Dog Breed Introduction

A medium-sized sighthound who was developed to hunt rabbits and other small game; he was bred for speed, stamina, and determination. Today, those talents make this athletic dog a match for some of the top competitive dog sports, as well as an excellent competitor in agility, thanks to his ability to jump high and far.

Ibizan Hounds enjoy their comforts — that sleek, sculpted body needs cushioning, after all — and can become couch potatoes who enjoy spending their days sleeping. Their exercise needs are moderate.

Breed Origin

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When King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1922, one of the treasures found inside it was a life-size statue of the jackal god Anubis, the Watchdog of the Dead, and the resemblance to the modern Ibizan hound was striking. The carving and other artifacts from the time of the pharaohs suggest that dogs like the Ibizan hound have existed for 5,000 years, making them one of the most ancient types of dogs. The Ibizan hound was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1979 and first appeared at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1980. He remains a rare breed today.

Breed Characteristics

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A male Ibizan hound stands 23.5 to 27.5 inches and weighs 50 pounds; a female is 22.5 to 26 inches and 45 pounds.

With their quiet nature and moderate exercise needs, Ibizans are suited to most living situations, from condos to homes with yards, as long you can provide them with a couple of daily walks or runs. They aren’t trustworthy off leash, however, and should never be allowed to run free except in a safely fenced area. An Ibizan is an excellent jumper and should be confined by a fence that’s at least six feet high.

Keep your Ibizan hound in good shape by measuring his food and feeding him twice a day rather than leaving food out all the time. If you are unsure whether your dog is overweight, give him the eye test and the hands-on test.

The Ibizan hound can have a coat that’s shorthaired or wirehaired. The wirehaired coat can be one to three inches long, with the longest hair on the back, the back of the thighs, and the tail. He may sport a moustache on his muzzle. Whether he has a short or wire coat, the Beezer’s hair is hard to the touch.

Because they are so playful and silly, Ibizans are good with children. They can be gentle but may chase young children who are running around. They are probably best suited to homes with older children who understand how to interact with dogs.

Updated: October 7, 2017.

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