" Sighthound of Hannibal "
the Balearic Islands - Dates back to
the Egyptian Pharaohs and antiquity
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Facts & Information of the Ibizan Hound - Sighthound
The Ibizan Hound
large, finely built body dog with a narrow but tall body.
This dog is also known by the other name of the the Balearic Hound,
Galgo Hound or Podenco Ibicenco.
The Ibizan Hound was bred originally for hunting rabbits and small
origins can be dated back to antiquity. The Ibizan Hound is classified as one of the
Hound Dogs Group which we
go on to describe in detail in the section at the bottom of this
Ibizan Hound Dog Names
The Ibizan -
The Ibizan Hound Hound belongs to the
collection of dogs referred to as Sighthounds or Gazehounds, which specialise
in hunting its quarry by sight rather than scent. All of the Sighthound breeds originated in the Middle East, Africa and Southwest Asia. It
wasn’t until the mid 1500's that hounds began to be classified
according to their purpose, i.e. sight hounds, scent hounds, etc.
Sighthounds have distinctive characteristics, features and traits
which are perfect for their purpose. Sighthounds have extremely
good vision. They also have a long jaw and lengthy neck which
assists them in sighting their quarry. Their lean muscular body,
deep chest and long powerful legs essential assets when following
any fast and agile prey. Sighthounds also have distinctive feet
with elongated middle toes that make the foot appear longer and
helps with their firm footing. Their long stride, powerful chest
and lungs and agile bodies make it possible for sight hounds to
chase and kill their quarry. As a pet the Ibizan Hound Hound is usually
loyal and sensitive that responds well to a loving owner.
Facts & History
of the Ibizans
The Ibizan hound probably shares the same roots as the Pharaoh
The Pharaohs of Egypt kept the the Ibizans ancestors and
references to these appear as hieroglyphics and are also
found engraved in cuneiform ( written in wedge-shaped characters)
on ancient papyrus,
pillars and tablets.
dogs with their long, sharp pointed ears strongly resembles the Egyptian
jackal god, Anubis, the Watchdog of the Dead. They
are also depicted on the tomb and pyramid walls, including those
of the antiquated Step Pyramid in Saqara,
Egypt, which pre-dates the ancient pyramids at Giza ( 3750
BC ). Even earlier dating comes from the bone discovery from the Proto-Dynastic period of Ancient Egyptian history
which puts the dates (and therefore the dogs) to 4,770 BC.
We can then go further into antiquity with the prehistoric drawings on walls of the ‘Tassili’ caves at Hoggar, in the Sahara desert,
which date back to 8,000 BC. They feature primitive, spear-bearing hunters and clearly depict trained, domesticated, lean and agile, ‘prick-eared’ hounds, pursuing and seemingly entrapping
Egyptian hounds were bought to the Balearic Islands in the eighth
century when the Phoenicians, Moors and Carthaginians traded around the
Mediterranean. They were bred in isolation and reportedly, even refused to mate with other canines. The breed can still be located today on the islands of Formentera and Mallorca but in particular, on the island of
Ibiza. The Ibizan Hound is a very fast dog that can hunt on all types of terrain - working by sight, hearing and smell. It
can also be used in nocturnal pack hunting. Hannibal, himself an Ibizan,
was reputed to have taken some of these dogs with him on his famous trip across the Alps. The Ibizan hound gained AKC (American Kennel Club) recognition in
of the Ibizan Hound Dog and Puppies - Coat and Colours
The Ibizan Hound's coat is white, chestnut or solid fawn or a mix of these
The coat is short, harsh & dense.
Health information - potential health problems of the Ibizan Hound Dog Breed
All owners of
dogs and puppies are concerned about the health care of their pets
and just as with humans dog health issues arise from time to time.
Resolving dog health problems, including those of the Shikoku, can
prove to be costly and it would be wise to consider the benefits
of obtaining dog health insurance. Diseases in dogs may occur
because of trauma, infection, immune system abnormalities, genetic
factors, or degenerative conditions. Common health problems and
questions occur in relation to the Bones, Joints, Muscles, Nerves,
Ears, Eyes, Teeth and the Mouth. Other, more serious, issues can
relate to the Digestive System, Heart & Respiratory Systems,
Immune & Blood Systems, Reproduction and Urinary Systems.
There are no apparent common health problems with the Ibithan
Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems
Please click the following link for additional
information which we have provided via our:
Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog
This describes the most common canine health problems concisely but simply without using medical jargon. A section on Dog and Puppy Vaccinations is also included offering information on each of the diseases, symptoms and effects for which immunization vaccines are available. Not sure of the name of the dog or puppy illness? A Dog Illness Symptoms Sorter is also featured. The Online Encyclopaedia of Common Dog Health Problems should only be used as an informational guide and when and if any dog or puppies health problems occur it is essential to raise any questions you may have with a Dog Health care professional.
of the Ibizan Hound Dog and Puppies - Comparative Sizing Pictures &
The pictures above allow for a
useful sizing perspective between an average man (Five feet ten
inches) or an average sized woman (Five feet six inches) in
comparison to the average sized Ibizan Hound dog which we have
detailed above. These pictures are extremely important as they
provide an immediate and accurate visual representation of the
of an average Ibizan Hound compared to the height of a male or
female - essential information but unique to this
site. Use the pictures to help to estimate the size of the Ibizan Hound
dog to each the various growing stages of children.
Use the pictures to provide a guideline to the adult size of Ibizan Hound
Puppies. The pictures will also prove to be
invaluable when comparing the sizes and heights of other dog
dimensions will vary according to the sex of the dog or puppy.
Girl dogs, or bitches, are on average, 2 inches smaller than boy
dogs. Another useful piece of information when considering
on Grooming and Care of the Ibizan Hound Dog Breed
Ibizan Hound's smooth coat requires only occasional
brushing but the wire coat requires weekly brushing as well as occasional hand-plucking of dead
hairs. All dog breeds require a certain amount of grooming
and care is necessary to keep dogs and puppies looking at their best.
Grooming consists of not only brushing out the coat and bathing
but also giving attention to the eyes, teeth, ears, feet and
nails. A regular routine also ensures that any potential health
problems are identified as quickly as possible, especially
important in puppies and older dogs.
and Character of the Ibizan Hound Dog Breed
The dignified Ibizan hound retains great hunting instinct, using its acute senses to locate small
animals and relishes the opportunity to chase anything that moves.
Unlike most sight hounds, it barks when chasing. They are
agile, reserved and dignified and make a well-mannered house
The Ibizan is not generally kept as an outside dog, although it can live outdoors in temperate climates given warm shelter and soft bedding.
It is reserved with strangers mild-mannered and loyal. The
Ibizan Hound makes a quiet, trustworthy house pet.
conditions and Exercise Requirements of the Ibizan Hound Dog
The Ibizan Hound dogs and puppies are best suited to living in the country because
they require a
moderate amount of exercise.
The Ibizan Hound breed of dog loves to run and enjoys frequent walks but it is also
content to find a comfortable bed or place in the back yard and rest quietly.
Pictures reflect the Size of Adults - not Children and Puppies!
The pictures above allow for a useful comparison of sizes providing an
accurate portrait of the size of an average Ibizan Hound - essential
information but unique to this site. It should also be noted that
the pictures feature adults. The size of puppies are naturally
considerably smaller and the full grown size of the animal can
easily be forgotten when confronted with cute puppies! The slogan
" A dog isn't just for Christmas - it's for life!" was necessitated
by well meaning people buying puppies at the Christmas, unaware of
the puppies growth rate. The pictures provided make it extremely
clear exactly how small puppies will develop and whether it will
suit the life and living conditions of the family.
Puppies section, accessed via the Site Index, provides detailed
information about Choosing the right puppy, Puppy Training, Puppy
Care and Puppy Behavior, Growth & Development. We recommend that
the following considerations should always be taken into account
when choosing puppies:
- Purchasing, training, equipment, medication and feeding
costs of the breed
and Grooming time e.g. long or short hair
situation - time available and medical conditions such as allergies,
asthma or back pain
requirements for the Ibizan Hound breed
Conditions for the dog breed - suitability for puppies
- child suitability
Puppy and Dog
Names - The Importance of choosing the right names
comparison between the Ibizan Hound Dog Breed and a Human
Age comparisons between dogs and humans are always a matter
of debate - we hope that the following information clarifies
the situation. After the first year of life, a dog is
equivalent to sixteen human years. After two years, they are
equivalent to a 24 year old, at three years a 30 year old,
and each year after, add 5 human years to determine a dog's
Expectancy of the Ibizan Hound Dog Breed
expectancy for this particular breed is 12 – 14 years.
Dog Breed Information
As implied by its name the Hound has been bred to chase a
quarry by sight or smell, or a combination of both senses. Sight
hounds have exceptional eyesight, combined with the speed and
stamina necessary to catch the intended prey once seen, typical
examples being the Greyhound and the Whippet. Hounds which rely
strongly on the sense of smell to follow the trail of a prey, such
as the Bloodhound, quite literally follow their noses, speed and
eyesight is of less importance.
Characteristics and features have been introduced and strengthened
breeding from animals who already demonstrated the desired traits.
Breeding for appearance was only introduced in the 19th Century.
Before this time dogs and puppies were bred to increase useful abilities and traits
helpful for the duties they were intended for. Thus, the
various hound breeds were initially introduced to help man
according to specific requirements such as:
and running down small quarry
out and Driving game
this day and age only a few hounds still undertake these tasks, but
nevertheless, they still harbour the skills and characteristics that made
the original Ibizan Hound dog breeding program successful.
Hound Breed Group of dogs differ in that some hunt by scent and
others by sight. Many hounds are kept in packs, in outdoor
kennels. Any dogs and puppies belonging to the Hound breeds require a
significant amount of exercise as they have high stamina levels
suitable for hunting quarry. There are some breeds in this group
who make a distinctive ' baying ' sound - invaluable information
should be considering puppies. The pictures above allow for a
useful size comparison providing an accurate portrait of the size
of an average Ibizan Hound dog - essential information but unique to this
of other Breeds within the Hound Dog Group
The Hound group of dogs includes the Ibizan Hound
and all of
the following breeds:
Afghans, Foxhounds, Basenjis, Bassets, Beagles, Black and Tan Coonhounds, Bloodhounds, Borzoi, Dachshunds, English Foxhounds, Greyhounds, Harriers, Irish Wolfhounds, Norwegian Elkhounds, Otterhounds, Petit Basset Griffon
Vendeens, American Fox hounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, Salukis, Scottish Deerhounds
Pictures and information about all of the above Hound Dog breeds,
together with all other dog groups,
may be found
on this website via the following links:
Ibizan Hound Dog & Puppies