Meet the Breed: The Ibizan Hound
The Ibizan Hound, originally called the Podenco Ibicenco, and sometimes called "Beezers" by their fanciers, is a slender, graceful dog with a springy gait. The head tapers to a point at the nose, giving it a cone-like appearance. The neck is long, slender and slightly arched. The back is level and straight. The chest is long and deep. The front legs are straight. The ears are large and upright and are a defining feature of the breed. The nose, ears, eye rims and foot pads are tan. The eyes are caramel or amber colored. The coat can be smooth or wiry and comes in white and red, white and tan, solid red, or solid white. The Ibizan Hound is similar in appearance to the Pharoh Hound and the Cirneco dell'Etna but is the largest of these ancient-type breeds.
Dogs resembling the Ibizan Hound were found in ancient Egyptian tomb paintings. It is believed that the dogs were imported to the island of Ibiza and the surrounding islands off the coast of Spain by sea traders around 700-900 BC. The dogs were used to hunt rabbits using a wide variety of techniques. First the dog points to the prey, then using both sighting scenting ability, chases the rabbit, then retrieves the catch. They would be used in packs, pairs, or as individuals. They are silent, extremely agile hunters. Competitive hunting tournaments continue to this day.
The Ibizan Hound is quiet, patient, clean, playful, and sensitive. They are intelligent with amazing problem-solving skills. They are clownish with entertaining antics. They are good with children, particularly ones that are taught to be respectful around these sweet dogs. They are watchful and protective, eyeing strangers for a time before accepting them. These hunting dogs should not be trusted with non-canine animals except perhaps cats it has been raised with and accepted into the pack. They may catch and kill stray cats, however. These athletic dogs require lots of exercise and interaction with their humans. These dogs get along well with other dogs. An unusual trait for this breed is that they blush when excited.
Breed Club Links: Ibizan Hound Club of the United States
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Ibizan Hound portrait photo by Llima Orosa.