Group: Hound Group
Height: 25 to 29 inches (64-74 cm)
Weight: 45 to 50 lbs (20.5-22.5 kg)
The Ibizan Hound is a slender and elegant sporting hound with a resemblance to the Anubis, the Egyptian “watchdog of the dead”. He is believed to have originated in Egypt many centuries ago and is considered to be one of the most ancient breeds of hounds.
The Ibizan is renowned for his hunting abilities, using sight, scent and hearing when in pursuit of his game. He is even-tempered, affectionate and loyal, very trainable and an easygoing companion. The Ibizan is friendly and outgoing but also protective of his home and family.
With his strong, fit, lively and vigorous characteristics, the Ibizan is well suited for obedience, tracking and lure coursing. He moves with great pride and has a deer-like elegance. He is as fast as the top coursing breeds and without equal in agility. The Ibizan is said to be able to jump great heights from a standstill — It is recommended that owners of this breed have fences at least six feet high.
His coat is short, coarse and may be either rough or smooth. His colouring is red and white, solid or a combination.
Like all breeds of dogs, the Ibizan Hound may be susceptible to certain health problems. Some of these include:
- Deafness — Deafness can occur in one or both ears. Breeding stock should be tested before breeding; however, this does not ensure that offspring will be free from this disorder.
- Eye Problems
- Allergies — Allergies to food, pollen, topical products, insects and other irritants are fairly common in the Ibizan Hound breed.
- Seizures — There are many causes for seizures and some are believed to be hereditary.
Two additional health concerns should be noted:
- Anesthetics — Like all members of the Sighthound family, the Ibizan Hound may be sensitive to a number of anesthetics. It is very important to discuss this with your Veterinarian in advance of any required surgery. For additional information, see: Anesthesia And Your Saluki from the Saluki Club of America.
- Bloat — As with any deep-chested dog, the occurrence of Bloat or Gastric Torsion is a real possibility in the Afghan Hound. If you are not familiar with this condition, it is absolutely necessary to learn about it and know the symptoms — This is a real emergency and a life threatening condition that requires immediate Veterinary attention. See Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) – Bloat in the Health and Nutrition section of Canada’s Guide to Dogs for more information and First Aid for Bloat for an article describing some of the things you can do if you are faced with this situation.
If you are considering the adoption of a Ibizan Hound puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy’s parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main General Information page.)
Additional Health Resources:
- Health and Nutrition — Growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website which includes information on several health and nutrition related issues.
- Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) — Providing a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. CHIC is a centralized canine health database jointly sponsored by the AKC/Canine Health Foundation (AKC/CHF) and the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
- AKC Canine Health Foundation — Working towards developing scientific advances in canine health.
- OFA – Companion Animal Eye Registry (CAER)
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA)
- Ontario Veterinary College (OVC)
- University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHip)
- HealthGene — HealthGene Corporation is the leading provider of veterinary DNA diagnostic services in Canada.
- Labgenvet — Laboratory of Veterinary Genetics is a Canadian diagnostic laboratory that offers a comprehensive service of DNA tests for veterinary genetic diseases.
- Grooming — This section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.
- Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.
- Lure Coursing Information
- Whippets and Other Sighthounds — A very informative website dedicated to Sighthounds explaining why a Sighthound thinks and acts differently from other breeds of dogs.
- Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
- Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada’s Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.
*NOTE 1: CHIC – The Canine Health Information Center “is a database of consolidated health screening results from multiple sources. Co-sponsored by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Health Foundation, CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds. Dogs tested in accordance with the parent club established requirements, that have their results registered and made available in the public domain are issued CHIC numbers.” To learn more, visit: www.caninehealthinfo.org
*NOTE 2: The Fédération Cynologique International (FCI) is the World Canine Organization, which includes 91 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI recognizes 344 breeds, with each being the “property” of a specific country. The “owner” countries write the standards of these breeds in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and updating are carried out by the FCI. The FCI is not a breed registry nor does it issue pedigrees.