Ibizan Hound - Information and NZ Breed Standards

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Ibizan Hound

General Infofmation - Ibizan Hound



12-14 years


very low


Watchdog ability:

Protection ability:
very low

Area of Origin:
Ibiza (Balaeric Islands)

Date of Origin:
ancient times

Other Names:
Podenco Ibicenco, Ca Eibisenc, Balaeric Dog

Original Function:
hunting rabbits


The Ibizan Hound, also known as the Podenco Ibicenco or the Balearic Dog, originates from the Balearic Island of Ibiza, Spain and is an ancient dog whose ancestors probably came from Egypt, dating back to 3000-3400 BC. where it hunted with the Pharaohs. It spread to mainland Spain and to southern France as well. Its main task was to hunt rabbits; with its large ears held erect when alert, this hound hunts by sound, as well as sight and scent.


The Ibizan Hound is proud, sensitive, loyal, intelligent, and adaptable to many situations. It is a very active and alert dog, better suited to rural living; however, with proper exercise it can also thrive in an urban environment. Males may not get along well with each other.


As an independent and athletic dog, the Ibizan Hound needs daily exercise in a safe area. Ideal exercise allows the dog to stretch out at full speed, but its needs can also be met with long walks or jogs on leash, combined with an occasional chance to run full out. The Ibizan is not generally kept as an outside dog, although it can live outdoors in temperate climates given warm shelter and soft bedding. It is a skilled jumper, which should be taken into consideration when designing an enclosure. The smooth coat requires only occasional brushing, whereas the wire coat requires weekly brushing as well as occasional hand-plucking of dead hairs.

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