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Physical Characteristics

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Breed Group:

The Ibizan Hound is a member of the Sighthound or Hound Group.


male: 50 lb.; female: 45 lb.


Male: 23.5-27.5 inches; female: 22.5-26 inches


This breed may be white or red, from light yellowish red to deep red, lion and white, solid or a combination.


The Ibizan Hound sports a coat that may be one of three varieties: smooth-haired, long-haired or wire-haired. This coat lies close to the skin.



This hardy breed is athletic and loyal. The polite and protective Ibizan Hound has an independent mind.

Country of Origin:

Island of Ibiza (Balearic Islands), Spain


During ancient times, the forerunners of the Ibizan Hound may have arrived on the Island of Ibiza with Phoenician sea traders. Spanish hunters ran the dogs in packs for hunting rabbits on all terrain. These hounds were also nocturnal hunters with their keen sight. On this secluded island 90 kms from the east coast of Spain, this breed experienced little cross-breeding.


Named after the island of Ibiza. Also known as Podenco Ibicenco, Galgo, Balearic Dog, Ibizan Warren Hound, Ca Eivissenc.


This mild-mannered and sensitive breed can bark when chasing.



Training should ensure this hound is well-socialized. As a young dog it should be introduced to other cats. This independent dog may be wilful. Be aware that the Ibizan Hound may be easily bored.


This breed enjoys plenty of exercise with at least one good run a day. Let your dog stretch out at full speed. Do not unleash. Long walks and jogs on a leash are other activities. The Ibizan Hound also enjoys jumping, retrieving, lure coursing and hunting rabbits.


Owners need to provide a large yard and a high enclosure to prevent this dog from jumping fences. With its independent mind, this hound will run away and not return. Be aware of the difficulty of recapturing this dog. Indoors this dog is moderately active and good with children. Exercise caution with other small pets. With its history of hunting, the Ibizan Hound may chase and kill unfamiliar cats. This chase instinct and fearlessness in traffic may have tragic results.


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