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Ibizan Hound

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Ibizan Hound

General
OtherNames Podenco Ibicenco or Ca Eivessenc
Dog Group Kennel Club Hound
Breed Classification The Ibizan Hound is a member of the hound group. They were originally bred as sight, scent and sound dogs and today are used for hunting and as companions.
Cost of Ownership
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Average Food Cost
£4-7.50
Feeding Requirements
The Ibizan Hound is an undemanding dog to feed with no special dietary requirements; they generally have a good appetite.
Other Expenses
The average price of a puppy is £350
Average Puppy Price
£300-500
Lifespan
> 15 years
Average Litter Size
6
General Physical Description
The Ibizan Hound is a medium sized, tall, and fine built, short-coated or wirehaired dog with erect ears.
Height Min Max
Bitch 56cm 74cm
Dog 56cm 74cm
Weight Min Max
Bitch 19kg 25kg
Dog 19kg 25kg
Size Category Medium
Weight Height Range Both dogs and bitches measure between 56-74cms and weigh between 19-25kgs.
Ailments In the U.K. there appears to be no incidents of hereditary disease or defects.
Common Ailments
Susceptibility To Illness
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History This breed is truly a living piece of history. The Ibizan Hound can trace its roots back to 4000 B.C. and indeed beyond. Mostly associated with the time of the Great Pharaohs, it is depicted on many friezes and the most notable icon being the Anubis. True to say, the breed has not really changed in many thousands of years. Phoenician traders took the Ibizan Hound to the Balearic Islands, and to this day they can be found still working in Spain and its surrounding islands.
Intelligence They are intelligent, like to learn and fairly obedient, training should be consistent and early socialisation is a must.
Show Characteristics The Ibizan Hound should have a long, fine, flat head with a sharp muzzle. The nose is flesh coloured. The jaws should be strong and lean with a complete scissor bite. The eyes should be almond shaped and amber in colour. The ears should be large, thin, carried erect and mobile. The neck should be long, lean, muscular and slightly arched. They should have a long, flat ribcage, with a well tucked up waist. The breastbone should be prominent. The front legs should be straight; the back legs should be long, strong, straight and lean. The feet should have well arched toes, thick pads and may turn slightly outwards. The tail should be low set, long, thin and may be carried high when active but never curled or over the back. The preferred colours for the show ring are white, chestnut or solid tan colour, or any combination of these colours. Black is not acceptable. They can be Smooth or Rough coated (Wire coated in the U.S.). The coat should be short and range from fine to being slightly harsh. Their movement is unlike that of any other hound, they have a far reaching stride, and a slight "hover" before placing their front paws on the ground, a suspended trot is the best way to describe the movement.
Country Of Origin Spain
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Records Held
Characteristics
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Energy High
Overall Exercise > 2 hours
Distress Caused if Left Alone Medium
Personal Protection Low
Suitability As Guard Dog Low
Risk of Sheep Worrying Low
Tendency to Bark High
Ease of Transportation Medium
Level of Aggression Low
Compatibility With Other Animals Medium
Suitable For Children
High
General Character And Temperament They are a very affectionate breed, and are mortified when shouted at, the look in their eyes makes you wish you could take it all back. A most wonderful loyal breed, they have an affinity with children and love to join in whatever game is going, even to climbing trees! The Ibizan Hound does make a good pet, but it is not a breed for the fainthearted: they can be fairly vocal, and adore company. They take a long time to mature, not so much physically as mentally; but, if you want a hound that has remained unchanged for thousands of years this is definitely a breed to consider.
Grooming
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Coat Length Short/Smooth
Grooming Requirement < Once a week
Trimming None
Requires Professional Groomer
Grooming The Ibizan Hound is easy to groom, in both the short or wirehaired varieties. The shorthaired coats can be groomed using a rubber-grooming mitt; the wirehaired coats will require brushing on occasion.
Colour They come in white, chestnut or solid tan colour, or any combination of these colours.
Shedding Little
Suffers From Allergies
Tendency to Cause Allergies

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