The Ibizan Hound may look noble and proud, but he is really quite a silly dog with a playful sense of humor. He will keep you on your toes as he will steal food when possible and will chase prey anytime he gets the chance. Small pets such as rabbits, hamsters and birds are not recommended for homes that have an Ibizan Hound. The Ibizan Hound can jump a five foot fence and is an extremely agile and athletic dog. He requires a lot of attention and exercise to keep him happy, figure about 20-30 minutes of regular exercise on leash daily. He will also require time to just run in a yard that has a very tall, well-reinforced fence. The Ibizan Hound will be reserved around people he does not know and early socialization is essential. He likes children but is more suited for older children, not toddlers, as he can be too active for young children. The Ibizan Hound is affectionately called a Beezer by those who love the breed.
The Ibizan Hound’s date of origin is unknown. There are several theories surrounding the origins of the Ibizan Hound. The statue of Anubis, the Watchdog of the Dead, bears a striking resemblance to the modern Ibizan Hound. This along with other artifacts suggested that the Ibizan Hound possibly existed for over 5,000 years. It is thought that the Ibizan Hound came to the Spanish island of Ibiza in the 8th or 9th century by the Phoenicians. On Ibiza, he was used to hunt rabbits and hares over the rough terrain of the island and learned to hunt using skill, patience and tenacity. He was the best kept secret in Spain until the mid-1950s. In 1956, Colonel and Mrs. Consuelo Seoane imported a pair of Ibizan Hounds to Rhode Island. These two dogs, named Hannibal and Certera, produced the first American born litter of Ibizan Hounds. There were eight puppies in that first litter. These puppies, their parents and several other imported Ibizan Hounds became the foundation stock for the Ibizan Hound breed in the United States. Most of the American Beezers can trace their bloodlines back to these first imported Ibizan Hounds. The Ibizan Hound was finally recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1979. He made his first appearance at the elite Westminster Kennel Club dog show in 1980. He is ranked number 138 out of the 155 recognized breeds of the AKC in popularity. The Ibizan Hound is considered a rare breed and can be somewhat difficult to find when looking for a puppy.
The Ibizan Hound has two coat types: smooth and wire. Both coat types are very easy to groom and require weekly brushing to remove any dead hairs and redistribute the oils on the skin. He does not require a lot of baths. Over-bathing him can cause dry skin and itching. Only bathe him when he is dirty. Wet wipes can be used to wipe them down and remove dust and debris. The wirehaired Ibizan Hound can have hair from one to three inches in length. The longest hairs should be on the back, the tail and the back of the thighs. Some wirehaired Beezers will have a moustache on the muzzle. The smooth and wirehaired Ibizan Hound’s coat will be hard to the touch. The Ibizan Hound can be white, red and white or solid red. Red can range in coloration from light yellowish red, called lion, to a deep red. The pigment on his nose and eye rims should be flesh colored. Nose and eye rims that are black are considered to be a fault.
The Ibizan Hound does require daily exercise including daily walks for 20 to 30 minutes. He also needs plenty of time to play and use up any excess energy. The Ibizan Hound requires a fence that is at least six feet tall, he is an excellent jumper and can clear a five foot fence flat footed. He is relatively easy to house train. He wants to please his family but he can be somewhat stubborn. Basic obedience training is recommended, however, training needs to be upbeat and happy or he will refuse to respond to commands. Training sessions should be kept short and fun to keep his attention focused on the new commands being taught. The Ibizan Hound would make an excellent walking or jogging buddy. The Ibizan Hound has little body fat and therefore it is best to provide dog beds or cushions for him to sleep on. He will prefer to be on furniture with you. If he is being put in a crate, put a crate pad in there as well for his comfort.