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Ibizan Hound

Ibizan-Hound

A Delightful Housemate

Agile, protective, even-tempered

Ibizan Hounds are intelligent, sensitive, and active medium-sized dogs. They enjoy chasing small animals and may be timid around strangers, but can warm up to them easily after some time. These playful dogs need plenty of exercise, but love to live a pampered indoor life as well; they are ideal companions for active singles, families, outdoor enthusiasts, and experienced dog handlers. These elegant dogs take particular relish in running and chasing, so a daily long walk and a chance to run full out once in a while is great for these hounds.

Understanding their unique needs will help keep them healthy and create a strong bond between the two of you. Explore this page to learn more about the breed’s history, health concerns, characteristics, and care needs.

Breed Details

Height:22.5-27.5 in. Weight:45-50 lb Lifespan:12-14 years

Size
3

1=small 5=large

Grooming requirements
3

1 = little grooming - 5 = much grooming

Energy level
3

1 = low energy - 5 = high energy

Ease of training
2

1 = difficult - 5 = easy

Affection toward owners
2

1 = independent - 5 = very affectionate

Friendliness toward strangers
3

1 = shy - 5 = very friendly

Routine Care: Ibizan Hounds are a smart dog with lots of energy. A tall fence is a must, as this breed have been known to jump great heights. They also can't resist chasing small animals, so keep them on a leash while outdoors.

Grooming: Low grooming needs. Brush coat as needed, at least weekly.

Dental: Ibizan Hounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


Ibizan Hounds are an even-tempered hunting breed that needs plenty of outdoor exercise. Inside the home, they are content to lounge around and enjoys a pampered lifestyle.

Positive Traits:

  • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet
  • Energetic, active, and athletic
  • Quiet—not much of a barker
  • Lovable, playful companion
  • Quirky, entertaining personality
  • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

Negative Traits:

  • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy
  • Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children
  • Can be independent and strong-willed
  • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam
  • Standoffish toward strangers
  • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices


Whether you are considering adding a new Ibizan Hound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Ibizan Hound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

By exploring the health concerns specific to the Ibizan Hound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

Some health issues an Ibizan Hound could encounter:


The Ibizan Hound originated on the islands surrounding Spain, where they were used in packs to hunt rabbits. They are an old and rare breed that can have one of two coat types: short or wirehaired. They are an intelligent and engaging sighthound. The Ibizan is known for their clownish behavior and emotional sensitivity. They are an agile and active breed that loves to run and play. They are a quiet breed with a protective nature. If they bark, they mean it.

Consult with a veterinarian if your Ibizan Hound shows signs of the following:

  • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

  • Cloudiness to eye lens

  • Bumping into objects, startles easily

  • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

  • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

  • General reluctance to run or play

  • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

  • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

  • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

  • Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth

  • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

  • Any new or changing lumps or bumps

  • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

  • Care

    Routine Care: Ibizan Hounds are a smart dog with lots of energy. A tall fence is a must, as this breed have been known to jump great heights. They also can't resist chasing small animals, so keep them on a leash while outdoors.

    Grooming: Low grooming needs. Brush coat as needed, at least weekly.

    Dental: Ibizan Hounds generally have good teeth, and you can keep them perfect by brushing them at least twice a week!

    Ear Care: Clean ears weekly, even as a puppy. Don’t worry—your veterinarian can show you how!


  • Characteristics

    Ibizan Hounds are an even-tempered hunting breed that needs plenty of outdoor exercise. Inside the home, they are content to lounge around and enjoys a pampered lifestyle.

    Positive Traits:

    • Great with kids and other dogs: a true family pet
    • Energetic, active, and athletic
    • Quiet—not much of a barker
    • Lovable, playful companion
    • Quirky, entertaining personality
    • Sweet, gentle, and sensitive

    Negative Traits:

    • Can be rambunctious and rowdy, especially as a puppy
    • Strong prey drive—will chase and grab things that run, including cats and children
    • Can be independent and strong-willed
    • Has a tendency to escape, wander, and roam
    • Standoffish toward strangers
    • Needs a lot of activity and mental stimulation to avoid boredom vices


  • Health Concerns

    Whether you are considering adding a new Ibizan Hound to your family or you already have one as a companion, it is important for you to know about the genetically linked diseases known to occur more often in this breed. Of course not every Ibizan Hound will have these problems, but research shows your pal is more at risk than other breeds. 

    By exploring the health concerns specific to the Ibizan Hound you will become a knowledgeable and confident pet parent. Be sure to speak with your veterinarian about breed risks every time you visit and educate yourself on the most important signs to watch for at home. They are counting on you to be their health expert.

    Some health issues an Ibizan Hound could encounter:


  • History

    The Ibizan Hound originated on the islands surrounding Spain, where they were used in packs to hunt rabbits. They are an old and rare breed that can have one of two coat types: short or wirehaired. They are an intelligent and engaging sighthound. The Ibizan is known for their clownish behavior and emotional sensitivity. They are an agile and active breed that loves to run and play. They are a quiet breed with a protective nature. If they bark, they mean it.

  • Watch Out For

    Consult with a veterinarian if your Ibizan Hound shows signs of the following:

    • Blinking, redness, pain or itchiness around the eyes

    • Cloudiness to eye lens

    • Bumping into objects, startles easily

    • Fainting, collapse, breathing issues, cough

    • General listlessness, droopy facial expression, vomiting, diarrhea

    • Dragging the hind toes and hind limb weakness

    • General reluctance to run or play

    • Excessive licking or chewing, pawing at face and/or ears, head shaking, face rubbing

    • Any abnormal shaking, trembling, or excessive involuntary tremors

    • Misplaced or missing teeth, bad breath, hair and food stuck between teeth

    • Puppy teeth alongside adult teeth

    • Easily startled, no reaction to unseen sounds

    • Any new or changing lumps or bumps

    • Dull coat, hair loss, sluggish, weight gain

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