An Ibizan Hound may be just what you are looking for. This gentle and kind-natured breed requires an active lifestyle, and considers itself as intelligent as its human counterparts, but the pleasure derived from this dog is worth the extra efforts to keep it happy.
The Ibizan Hound is native to Spain. This breed is generally used in packs to hunt rabbits, because of its uncanny ability to jump high (5 feet is no challenge at all). It can jump in wide areas with absolute ease, over rough terrains, and smooth terrains as well. It is believed that these hounds may have originated in ancient Egypt, and were eventually carried by sea-traders to Ibizan, an island off the coast of Spain where they continued to thrive. The occupants used them to hunt rabbits for food. This breed is considered to be one of the oldest breeds in existence.
The Ibizan Hound is a sleek breed noted for it’s exceptionally large ears and bold amber-colored eyes, which help to give it its exotic look. Their fur comes in a variety of colors, from a light to dark red pigment, white, or a combination of the two colors. Their fur can be smooth and short, or longer and more wiry – from 1 to 3 inches long. With the exception of the exaggerated size of the ears, these dogs have a well balanced physique, and are not overly muscular. However, despite their slender appearance and clean cut lines, they are very strong and make great hunting dogs.
The Ibizan Hound ranges from 23 to 27 inches high, and weigh approximately 50 pounds for males and a slightly smaller weight of 45 pounds for females. In proportion, this breed is slightly longer than it is tall, with a long and narrow cone-shaped head. This dog has a light, graceful gait, and looks as though it is barely touching the ground when it runs.
Ibizan Hounds are extremely loyal, affectionate and even-tempered. Their intelligence makes them easily trainable, and an excellent family pet. The naturally keen instinct of this breed gives them great determination and stamina; therefore, making an active lifestyle essential; and also making them poor kennel dogs. This breed is not one that is happy to lay around and nap frequently, but enjoys interaction and lots of exercise on a regular basis. This breed has a humorous, playful side which it loves to exhibit in the form of various antics in order to entertain an audience if there is one.
Generally quiet, Ibizan Hounds will “alarm bark” if necessary, so are known to make excellent watch dogs. One thing to remember with this breed, is that they are masters of the escape, so they need very tall fences or they will jump and climb if necessary, in order to achieve their goal.
This breed rarely suffers from heredity illnesses, as some other breeds do. Some minor health concerns may include seizures and allergies. The life span of the Ibizan Hound is generally between 12 and 14 years, although a healthy, well exercised dog can live longer.
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