Ibizan Hound

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The Ibizan Hound has a deer-like grace and needs plenty of exercise. They're a unique breed with a fascinating history.

Average size and lifespan

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Height: 1ft 10in - 2ft 3in
Weight: 45-50lbs
Lifespan: 10 - 14 Years


  • Affection5/5
  • Kid-Friendly3/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly4/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty1/5
  • Shedding Amount2/5
  • Easy to Train2/5
  • Can Be Alone2/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


  • Cold Tolerance2/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Ibizan Hound Information

The Ibizan Hound boasts a fascinating history traced all the way back to 3400 B.C. during the height of the Egyptian empire. Ancient Pharaohs owned and hunted these dogs, and it was believed that they served as a watchdog of the dead.

Their appearance is distinct: a lean, leggy body; tall, pointed ears; a red and white patterned coat; and bright amber eyes.


The Ibizan Hound, also known as the Podenco Ibicenco, is a breed with a rich history and unique physical characteristics. Originally from the Balearic Islands, this breed was used for hunting small game and rabbits. Their long, slender legs and keen sense of smell make them excellent trackers.

face of an Ibizan Hound

Training and Temperament

In terms of training, the Ibizan Hound is a highly intelligent and independent breed. They require a patient and consistent training approach, as they can sometimes be stubborn. It’s important to establish a clear hierarchy in the household and to use positive reinforcement techniques to encourage good behavior.

When it comes to temperament, the Ibizan Hound is generally a friendly and affectionate breed. They are known for their playful and energetic nature and thrive with regular exercise and mental stimulation. They can be aloof with strangers but are generally good with children and other pets if properly socialized.


Grooming the Ibizan Hound is relatively easy, as they have a short, smooth coat that only requires an occasional brushing. However, they do shed seasonally and may require more frequent grooming during these times. It’s important to keep their nails trimmed and to regularly clean their ears to prevent infection.

The Ibizan Hound is a loving and loyal breed that makes a great companion for the right owner. They are not well suited for first-time dog owners, as they require a dedicated and experienced handler to reach their full potential. They can be a delightful and highly entertaining addition to any household with proper training and care.

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Breed FAQs

Can Ibizan Hounds be apartment dogs?

Ibizan Hounds aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Ibizan Hounds be left alone?

Ibizan Hounds don't like being left alone for too long. They tend to show some symptoms of seperation anxiety when left apart from their owners for long periods of time.

Are Ibizan Hounds good with kids?

Ibizan Hounds can do fine with kids. They will require some monitoring and training to make sure they get along and react well to unpredictable behavior.

Are Ibizan Hounds friendly with strangers?

Although Ibizan Hounds can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Ibizan Hounds get along with other dogs?

Typically, Ibizan Hounds get along well with other dogs or are easy to socialize with them. It's uncommon that they're overly agressive.

Do Ibizan Hounds bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Ibizan Hounds bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Ibizan Hounds shed a lot?

The Ibizan Hound isn't a heavy shedder. Some limited brushing and occassional cleaning should help prevent much hair build-up.

Do Ibizan Hounds need a lot of grooming?

With a Ibizan Hound you won't need to dedicate any extra time to special grooming. Their coats are easy to deal with.

Do Ibizan Hounds need a lot of exercise?

Expect Ibizan Hounds to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Ibizan Hounds easy to train?

Most Ibizan Hounds are stubborn and will take extra work to train. They can still learn trained behaviors, but will take more effort.

Can Ibizan Hounds handle cold weather?

Ibizan Hounds don't like the cold and will likely want some protection if outside for long.

Can Ibizan Hounds handle hot weather?

Ibizan Hounds do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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