Ibizan Hound

Ibizan Hound


Ibizan and Greyhound

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Photo courtesy of G. Bruce Ingram


One of the most ancient breeds in dogdom, the Ibizan Hound, with its upright sensitive ears, bears an unmistakable resemblance to the Egyptian god Anubis. Drawings and paintings of an Ibizan-type dog have been found in Egypt dating back as early as 3000 B.C. Some historians believe that the Phoenicians brought these swift hunting dogs to the Balearic Islands as trading merchandise around the eighth century B.C. The breeds name is correctly pronounce E-beeth-an. Ibiza, being part of a Spanish province, used the accepted Spanish accent which was based on the speech of a ruler who spoke with a lisp.

Temperament and Size:

The Ibizan is not a nervous dog, neither shy nor aggressive. It is keen and alert, playful and vivacious yet gentle. Dogs stand 24 - 27 inches (61 - 69 cm): bitches 23 -26 inches (58 - 66 cm) weighing 45 - 55 lbs (20 - 25 kg) and 40 - 50 lbs (18 - 23 kg) respectively. The Ibizan can be either smooth or wire coated.

Further information on the Ibizan Hound is available from the Canadian Kennel Club or the American Kennel Club.


Last Updated: October 14, 2014