ibizan hound breed information
common health issues
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.