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Ibizan Warren Hound

Ibizan Warren Hound

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Breed Organization
Ibizan Hound Club of the United States
Native Country
Other Names
Ibizan Hound, Podenco Ibicenco, Charnigue, Ca Eivissencs, Ca Eibisenc, Balaeric Dog
Life Expectancy
Approximately 10-12 Years
Litter Size
Average 6-12 Puppies
Breed Group
AKC Hound
Breed Appearance
The Ibizan Hound is an elegant and agile breed, with an athletic and attractive outline and a ground-covering springy trot. Though graceful in appearance, it has good bone girth and is a rugged/hardy breed. There are two hair types of the breed: smooth and wire. The more commonly seen type is the smooth. Some consider there to be a third type, long, but the longhair is most likely a variation of the wire.

Breed Description
Head: Long, narrow, extremely dry. Long, flat skull. Narrow forehead. Stop not pronounced. Long, narrow, slightly Roman convex muzzle. Flesh color nose.
Ears: Medium size. Thin leather. Very mobile and always held rigidly erect. Pointed forward or up.
Eyes: Small, set obliquely in the skull. Clear amber color (caramel color).
Body: Slightly longer than tall. Very dry, muscular, slightly arched neck. Shoulder blades are well laid back. Deep, narrow, long chest. Flat ribs. Arched, powerful loin. Belly is tucked up. Slightly arched, powerfully muscled loin. Long, straight, flexible back.
Tail: Set low, tapers to the tip. Carried in a well curved saber position.
Hair: Smooth, hard, long. Shorthair must be smooth, rather hard, not silky. Wire hair must be hard, coarse, thick, and short on the head. Beard is desirable. Longest hair is the softest, very abundant on the head, and at least 5 cm long.
Coat: Preferably white and red, or solid white or red. Fawn permissible in shorthaired only if the dog is an exceptional specimen.
Size: Dog: 66 to 72 cm (26-28.3 in).Bitch: 60 to 67 cm23.6-26.4 in).
Weight: Dog: approx. 23 kg (50.8 lb).Bitch: approx. 19 kg (42 lb).

Pharaoh Hounds, the Ibizan was probably brought to the islands by the Phoenicians, the Carthaginians, and, eventually, the Romans. One of the oldest breeds known, the Ibizan is a very primitive, vigorous dog. At one point, the breed was called the French Hound because it was common in the nineteenth century in the regions of Langedoc, Roussillon, and Provence in France. It became very rare around the 1880s, when use of the Ibizan for hunting hare was outlawed.

This tireless, fast, very agile dog is an excellent jumper. He uses his keen sense of smell for sniffing out partridge and his excellent eyesight to spot rabbit as well as hare and large game. He is a good retriever. The Ibizan Hound forms a strong bond with his owner, but he is strong-willed. He is wary of strangers and aggressive with other dogs. Firm training is required.

The Ibizan Hound is hardy and strong, but can have allergic reactions to drugs, including insecticides and flea powders. Some lines seem to be prone to seizures. The Ibizan Hound has a genetic propensity for Axonal Dystrophy, nerve and muscle disease.

It is not recommended that this breed be kept as a house dog. The Ibizan Hound needs considerable exercise and space to run. Regular brushing is required.

Hunting Dog, Pet.

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