Breeds 101

Ibizan Hound


The Ibizan Hound is named after Ibiza, one of the Balearic islands.

The breed spread a long time ago to mainland Spain, and it was used as a gundog, and to course rabbits and hares.

A skilled runner and jumper, this dog was used in packs to hunt rabbits.

The roots of this breed can be traced back to the days of ancient Egypt, when sea traders brought the Hounds to the islands of Ibiza off the coast of Spain.

Traiders brought this breed to Mediterranean islands thousands of years ago.

The Ibizan Hound spread to Mediterranean France, and it was known as the Charnique.

This elegant breed with amber eyes was brought to the U.S. in the mid-1950s.

The Ibizan Hound is affectionate with its owner, sometimes it is sensitive with strangers; it’s a highly regarded competitor and makes an excellent family pet.

Large; females 22 to 26 inches, 45 pounds; males 23 to 27 inches, 50 pounds.

White or red, solid or in combination.

Affectionate, loyal, intelligent and trainable; good with children and other pets; aloof with strangers; some can be timid.

Energy level:
Moderate to high.

Best owner:
Active owner in a rural or suburban home.

Daily exercise ( long walks with sprints ), tall fences, warm surroundings and soft bedding, occasional brushing.

Life expectancy:
12 to 14 years.