Ibizan Hound

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45-65 lbs
24-26"
Ibiza (Balaeric Islands)
Ibizan Warren Hound, Beezer

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.

Purpose
hunting small game
Date of Origin
ancient times
Ancestry
sighthound

Ibizan Hound Health

Average Size
Height: 26-28 inches Weight: 45-65 lbs
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 45-65 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Von Willebrand's Disease
  • Hypothyroidism
Minor Concerns
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal Dysplasia
  • Thrombopathia
Occasional Tests
  • Blood Test
  • Dna Test For Vwd
  • Thyroid Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Ibizan Hound Breed History

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.

Ibizan Hound Breed Appearance

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.

Eye Color Possibilities
Hazel
Brown
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Blue
Brown
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
White
Fawn
Cream
Red
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Ibizan Hound Breed Maintenance

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.

Brushes for Ibizan Hound
Pin Brush
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Ibizan Hound Temperament

The Ibizan Hound is attracted to anything that moves and will chase cats and other small animals. Therefore, it is not ideal to have small pets in the home unsupervised. He is a great watchdog and has excellent hearing. His ears will twitch when he senses a strange sound and he may bark if someone is on your property. He should never be shy or aggressive. The Ibizan Hound should be happy and playful with those he knows yet reserved with strangers. He will require early socialization to make sure that he is not fearful of new situations. Training should be relatively easy as he wants to please his family but he can also be stubborn. He will make mischief if not given ample exercise. The Ibizan Hound requires daily interactions and walks on leash to expel some of their energy. He also requires plenty of time running in his fenced in back yard. He can jump tall fences so make sure he is supervised when playing in the yard.

Ibizan Hound Activity Requirements


Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
6 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Ibizan Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.8 - $2.3
Monthly Cost
$60 - $67.5

Ibizan Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 23 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Height: 21 inches Weight: 27 lbs
12 Months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Height: 24 inches Weight: 40 lbs
18 Months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 55 lbs
Height: 25 inches Weight: 55 lbs

Ibizan Hound Owner Experiences