Ibizan Hound

Other names/Nicknames:
  • Galgo
  • Podenco Ibicenco
Country/Date of origin:
  • Ibiza (island belonging to Spain)
  • 3,000 BC
  • Females:  22-1/2 to 26 inches
  • Males:  23-1/2 to 27-1/2 inches
  • Females:  45 pounds (average)
  • Males:  50 pounds (average)
  • Sensitive in nature.
  • Loyal.
  • Quite adaptable to changes in its surroundings.
  • Very active.
  • Likes to be part of a family and does not fare well as a kennel dog.

Like the Pharaoh Hound, the Ibizan is purported to be the dog-god Anubis of the ancient Egyptians.  Certainly, a breed resembling them did exist more than five thousand years ago, but whether or not they are the same breed is not exactly known.  The Ibizan Hound is traceable to the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain.  Especially to Ibiza, the island that gave it its name.  Used to course hares in Ibiza.  In spite of its ancient lineage, the speedy hunter was not introduced to the United States until 1956, where it gained entrance to the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1979.

Body Type:
  • A large, somewhat stocky member of the greyhound family.
  • Erect ears are not altered.
  • Long, lowset tail is not altered.
  • Short and sleek, lying close to the skin.
  • Colors may be:  red and white (with varying percentages of each color), lion and white (with varying percentages of each color), solid red or solid white.
  • All other colors excluded.
  • Minimal grooming.
Health and Wellness:
  • Usually allergic to flea collars, insecticides, and tick dips.
  • Like other sighthounds, the Ibiza shows dangerous sensitivities to anesthetics.
  • False pregnancies are common.
  • Eye problems have been reported.
  • Congenital deafness.
What you should know:
  • The variable coat colors help to distinguish the Ibizan Hound from its look-alike cousin, the Pharaoh Hound (which is always solid tan).
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