The Ibizan Hound, also known as Podenco Ibicenco, is an ancient breed that originated on the Spanish island of Ibiza. This breed's history can be traced back over 5,000 years to ancient Egypt, where similar hounds were depicted in hieroglyphics. These elegant and swift dogs were brought to the Balearic Islands by the Phoenicians and were used for hunting rabbits and other small game. They are known for their excellent hunting skills and exceptional speed.
Ibizan Hounds can suffer from hip dysplasia, autoimmune thyroiditis, seizures, allergies, congenital deafness, eye disorders including retinal dysplasia, and cataracts. They cannot tolerate barbiturate anesthesia, so this should be discussed before any planned surgery.
Ibizan Hounds are known for their intelligence, independence, and keen hunting instincts. They are affectionate and loyal to their families, but can be reserved around strangers. Due to their strong prey drive, they may not be the best fit for households with small pets, as they may see them as potential prey. They are generally good with children and get along well with other dogs if properly socialized. These dogs should not be kept as outdoor dogs, as they love to bark when they are chasing anything that moves. Also, the Ibizan Hound has a short, dense coat that lies close to the body. They have no undercoat, making them less suited for extremely cold climates.
The Ibizan Hound's history as a breed dates to around 3400 B.C.
It is said that a life-size statue of Anubis, known as the "Watchdog of the Dead", was found in the tomb of Tutankhamen in Egypt in 1922. The statue is identical to the Ibizan Hound of today.
One of the Ibizan Hound's distinctive features is its large, upright ears, which give it an alert and expressive appearance.
The Ibizan Hound is a skilled jumper and can easily clear high fences, so providing secure containment is essential for their safety.
Apart from its exceptional skill in hunting rabbits, the Ibizan Hound is also known for its ability to hunt on various terrains, including rocky areas and rugged landscapes.