ibizan hound breed information

common health issues

Epilepsy is a neurologic disease that manifests as seizures. Often epilepsy is idiopathic (meaning there is no known cause) and generally we see the onset between the ages of 2 and 5 years old. Treatment for this life-long condition centers on controlling seizures with oral medication.

The retina lines the back of the eye and is responsible for transmitting visual stimulus to the brain. Retinal dysplasia is a malformation of the retina which can range from mild retinal folds to severe dysplasia with detachment of the retina and blindness. Visually impaired dogs generally adapt to life well due to their keen sense of smell.

Inherited deafness in one or both ears occurs due to the degeneration of the structures of the inner ear. It usually occurs within the first few weeks of birth. Deafness is tied to coat color, especially in merle pups, and has an association with blue eyes. Hearing tests can be conducted at referral centers or veterinary schools, but inherited deafness is permanent and cannot be cured.

Atopy refers to skin allergies caused by inhaled or contact allergens. Just like us, our dogs can be allergic to pollen, dander, grasses and trees. Their allergies result in itchiness that can be seasonal or year-round. Affected dogs are prone to ear and skin infections. The condition varies in severity but is usually lifelong and often requires constant medical management.

As you might have guessed, the Ibizan Hound originated on the island of Ibiza, off the coast of Spain. She is believed to be the descendant of ancient Egyptian dogs brought to the island by sea merchants, perhaps the Phoenicians. Like the Pharaoh Hound and Portuguese Podengo, both of whom she closely resembles, she has traditionally been used to hunt rabbits and other small game, and possesses great talent for tracking by scent, sound and sight.

The Ibizan is the largest of these ancient types of dog, standing 22 to 29 inches tall at the shoulders and weighing from 45 to 65 lbs. Her body is lean and lithe, with a coat of red, white or any combination of the two colors. Her coat can be short and smooth, or longer and wirehaired with a bushy moustache.

The active, athletic Ibizan is a well-known escape artist, with a unique ability to jump very high from a standstill – some more than five feet! Her leaping skills and strong prey drive make strong leashes and tall fences a requirement for Ibizan owners. Also needed is a gentle hand with training – the independent Ibizan can be stubborn, but sensitive, so she responds best to positive reinforcement. A well-trained and socialized Ibizan makes a good companion for families, including those with children and other dogs.

Despite her athleticism, the Ibizan Hound is still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions that can adversely affect her health – not to mention your family budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Ibizans are prone to include hearing problems such as deafness; eye conditions such as retinal dysplasia; skin conditions such as atopy; and neurological conditions such as seizures.

Thankfully, Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Ibizan Hound inherits anything more than leap-frog capabilities, you’re covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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