Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound History:Ibizan

Ibizan Hound history could be traced back to approximately 3400 B.C. When King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1922, they found a treasure that was a life-size statue of the jackal god Anubis, the Watchdog of the Dead, and resembles the modern Ibizan Hound. Genetic research has shown that the modern-day Ibizan is a recent reconstruction of an older type and doesn’t actually have a lineage that stretches back thousands of years. They might have remained on a Spanish island, and after many years, a litter of eight puppies was produced and became the foundation of the breed in the United States.


The Ibizan Hound is an elegant and agile breed, which has an athletic and attractive outline and a springy trot. It is graceful in appearance, but has good bone girth and is a rugged breed. It has large ears that are broad at the base. Its neck is long and lean. Its coat is a combination of red and white with the nose, ears, eye rims, and pads of feet being a light tan color. Its eyes resemble an amber color and have an alert and intelligent expression. The Ibizan’s height ranges from 22 to 29 inches and weighs from 45 to 65 pounds.


Ibizan Hounds are intelligent, active, and engaging by nature. They are known as the “clowns” of the dog world, as entertaining their people with their antics has become natural to them. They may be somewhat independent and stubborn at times, but if positive methods are used, they take training well. They are generally quiet, but if necessary, they bark, so they make good watch dogs. They are sensitive and very good around children and other dogs with the same breed. They make good house dogs but need a lot of daily exercises. They do not make good kennel dogs.


It is rare that the Ibizan Hound suffers from a hereditary illness. But there are some health concerns for the breed which includes seizures and allergies. Rarely, one suffers from axonal dystrophy, cataract, retinal dysplasia, and deafness. Ibizan Hounds are sensitive to barbiturate anesthesia and typically live between 12 and 14 years.