Defining the perfect family dog is hard, but this week’s Best Bully Sticks Breed Spotlight might come close. A historical European breed, the Ibizan Hound has been a family hunting dog for ages. Find out more about this beautiful and affectionate breed below!

History & Background: The Ibizan Hound (pronounced I-bee-zan” or “I-beeth-an) originated from Eivissa, or Ibiza, approximately 80 miles off the coast of Spain. The first name for this unique looking dog was Podenco Ibicenco.  This hound was used for its speed in hunting rabbits for itself and the farming families of this small island. This hound is similar to the Pharaoh Hound, the Cirneco dell’Etna, the Portuguese Podengo, and the Podenco Canario, all of whom have ancient roots. Depictions of an Ibizan-type dog are seen on the walls of ancient tombs dating back to 3400 B.C. and it’s thought the Phoenicians brought these Egyptian dogs to Ibiza.

Height: 22-29 inches

Weight: 45-65 pounds

Coat: Ibizan’s have two coat variations: short and wire-haired. The short coat is more common and just that: short. This coat is shortest on the head and ears and then lengthens on the back of the thighs. A wire-haired Ibizan’s coat can range from 1 to 3 inches and can have a mustache as well. This coat variety finds more hair on the back, back of the thighs and tail. The texture of both varieties are hard in texture. 

Color: The standard for this hound requires only red and white colors. The red color can range from a “lion” color to a deep red. Any solid or combination of red or white is the norm.

Appearance: This breed has the look of a deer in many ways. This hound breed is very lean, graceful, athletic as well as angular and muscular with a springy trot. The most notable characteristic of this breed is the erect ears that are wide at the base and narrow quickly at the tips. The muzzle is long and slender, as is the Ibizan’s neck. An Ibizan’s eyes are small and color can range from amber to caramel. The back is level and straight leading to a long tail with a slight curve on the end, sometimes called a “sickle shape.”

Temperament: The Ibizan Hound is versatile and works well in a family environment. As any good dog, this hound is loyal and affectionate. The Ibizan isn’t prone to bark a lot, but does so when he feels the need, making this breed a good watchdog. They are great with children and other dogs, are trainable with positive conditioning methods yet can be slightly stubborn. It’s said this breed sees itself as equal with their human counterparts.

Because of this dog’s background as a quick, prey-hunter the Ibizan needs to be thoroughly exercised daily. However, this dog has been known to be an “escapologist.” The jump clearance of this dog has been known to surpass 5 feet and these dogs can easily escape from crates, baby gates and more. That being said, it’s wise to have plenty of security in your fenced in back yard as well as keep a harness and leash on while in public.

Health: The Ibizan Hound usually lives 12 to 14 years. Like most in the hound group, the Ibizan hardly suffers from hereditary issues but sometimes minor health problems such as seizures, allergies and cataracts can affect this breed.

Product Suggestions: The Ibizan would benefit from a sturdy harness and leash, both of which BBS offers! For a great harness try Premier Easy Walk Dog Harness in green and the Mendota Snap Dog Leash in Kelly Green is a perfect leash companion. These will keep your Ibizan pup secure, safe and stylish to boot! The Planet Dog Orbee-Tuff Zoom Flyer is a tough flying disc that will stand up to the Ibizan’s energy level. BBS even offers this great toy is a glow-in-the-dark version!

Do you own or know an Ibizan Hound? Tell us your Ibizan Hound story in the comments section!