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Breed of the Month: Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan Hound (pronounced ee-BEE-than) originated from the Spanish island of Ibiza and was bred to hunt rabbits. Looking like an Egyptian statue, this breed dates back to 800 B.C. Often referred to as “Beezers,” the Ibizan Hound is a great family dog that is loyal and affectionate and good with children and other dogs. Elegant and athletic, Beezers are great when entered into agility because they are fast and can jump really high. It is strongly recommended to have a high fenced in yard because of this. Ibizan Hounds have an extremely strong prey drive and will chase anything that moves fast. They may not be suitable in a home with other small pets. Ibizan Hounds require a good amount of exercise, and if you live in a cold or wet climate, it is best to get them a coat as they can get cold easily. Beezers know how to relax and love to get pampered. They are quiet in the house and enjoy a soft, comfy bed. If you are looking for a unique and fun dog that loves to be silly and is family-orientated; then the Ibizan Hound may be the right breed for you!

Weight:

  • Male: 45-50 lbs.
  • Female: 40-50 lbs.

Height:

  • Male: 22.5-27 in.
  • Female: 22.5-25 in.

Features:

  • Breed Group: Sighthound
  • Medium/large breed dog
  • Long narrow face and head
  • Long slender neck
  • Clear amber or caramel coloured eyes
  • Rosy flesh coloured nose
  • Naturally upright ears
  • Deep chest
  • Long tail
  • Short smooth coat or wirehaired
  • Coat colours and patterns include: white or red or solid colour or a mixture of both

Expectations:

  • Exercise requirements: High – requires daily exercise 40 + mins.
  • Lifespan: 12-14 years
  • Affection Level: High
  • Energy Level: Moderate
  • Drool Level: Low
  • Bark Level: Moderate
  • Grooming needs: High
  • Shedding Level: Low
  • Intelligence: High
  • Child-Friendly: Moderate
  • Cat/Dog-Friendly: Moderate

Common Health Problems:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Epilepsy
  • Deafness
  • Eye disorders
  • Allergies

Written by: Kylie, CCR 

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