Ibizan Hound

Hound Group

Ibizan Hound lying down on ground in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 24-26 in, Males 26-28 in

Weight

45-65 lbs

Life Expectancy

11-14 yrs

History

The Ibizan Hound originated on the Balearic island of Ibiza, off Spain’s Mediterranean coast. Egyptian hounds were brought there by Phoenician traders about 3,000 years ago where they were used to hunt rabbits in packs. The terrain was rough and the food was scarce, sculpting the Ibizan Hound into a tough and patient breed.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Ibizan Hounds will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★☆☆

★★

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★☆


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆☆


Prey Drive


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Affectionate, silly, and sweet to family but can be aloof towards strangers

Sighthounds that will go after anything that moves at high speeds

Known to be a bit stubborn and mischievous and generally see themselves as their caretaker's equal

Tend to be quiet, couch potatoes as long as their exercise needs are met

Great jumpers and will not hesitate to steal from the counter or hop a fence