Meet the breed: Ibizan Hound

Apr 5, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Choosing to add a furry friend to your growing household is a long-term commitment, and picking a breed that fits your lifestyle presents the key to a happy home. With over 160 American Kennel Club-recognized breeds, that decision can seem overwhelming. We're here to help you meet the breed that's right for you. If you're looking for a pet to watch the home and engage in your family's sporty lifestyle, find out everything you need to know about the Ibizan Hound.


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A rare breed due to their striking looks, this dog has roots as far back as the Egyptian Pharaoh Hound. Moving from Egypt to Spain, this breed is able to handle heat due to its ancestor's island life. In Spain, the dog learned to be a great hunter of rabbits. Trained to retrieve the animal and bring it back to its owner, he enjoys working and pleasing his master.

Breed standards

  • AKC group: Hound
  • UKC group: Sighthound
  • Average lifespan: 10 - 12 years
  • Average size: 45 - 65 pounds
  • Coat appearance: Smooth
  • Coloration: Red, red and white, white, fawn
  • Hypoallergenic: No
  • Other identifiers: Lean, slender body; slender neck; rose-colored nose; caramel- to amber-colored eyes; long, pointed ears; deep-chested with narrow head; long legs and tail
  • Possible alterations: Coat appearance and feel may be wiry

Is this breed right for you?

A breed that believes itself the equal of humans, the Ibizan Hound is in need of a strong and active lifestyle. With a knack for jumping, he's best in a yard without a gate or fence and not to be kenneled. A good dog with children and in a family, he's affectionate, caring, clean and protective. With an intrinsic ability to hunt, this pup will only do well with cats if raised with one — if not, he'll most likely chase and kill it, as with other small animals and rodents. He'll need to be introduced to strangers with ease, including the human and dog kind.

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A dream day in the life of an Ibizan Hound

Starting off the day with a walk, this pup will come home to play and cuddle with the kiddos. Watching the house all day will be his No. 1 priority, a close second being to trail the home for rodents. He'll happily run next to you on your bike ride as you peddle away. After lunch and a catnap, he's ready to play again. After dinner and a swim with his favorite person, he'll be happy to sleep next to you while ensuring the home is safe.

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