Fans of the Ibizan Hound call them “Beezers,” and are often willing to overlook their penchant for mischief because these dogs are so darn sweet and loving. This breed definitely has a mind of its own — she'll steal your snacks, ignore your calls while she's chasing down an interesting smell, and then shamelessly hog the couch after she's tuckered herself out. And you'll let her, because look at that cute little pink nose. You can't stay mad at that face.
Intelligent, dignified, and aristocratic, the Ibizan Hound is relatively rare and seldom seen in the United States. Originally from Ibiza, an island in Spain, this medium-sized and high-energy breed can grow to between 45-50 pounds and lives an average of 11-14 years. The breed is recognized by the American Kennel Club and classified as a member of the Hound group.
|Breed's original pastime||Hunting|
|Average lifespan||11-14 years|
|Date of origin||Ancient times|
|Original function||Hunting rabbits|
|Today's function||Lure coursing|
|Average size of male||Height: 23.5-27.5 Weight: 50|
|Average size of female||Height: 22.5-26 Weight: 45|
|Other name||Balaeric dog|
|Energy level||Medium energy|
|Affection level||Moderately affectionate|
|Friendliness toward other dogs||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward other pets||Friendly|
|Friendliness toward strangers||Friendly|
|Ease of training||Easy to train|
|Protection ability||Not very protective|
|Grooming needs||Moderate maintenance|
|Cold tolerance||Low tolerance|
|Heat tolerance||Medium tolerance|
BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
WHAT IS AN IBIZAN HOUND'S PERSONALITY LIKE?
These even-tempered dogs love their people, but an Ibizan Hound won't be your shadow. They love their playtime and will gleefully disembowel a stuffed animal or chew a dog-safe bone.
Beezers are affectionate family members and often get along just fine with dogs, but early socialization is important if you want them to get along with children or cats. Though silly and sweet with her chosen people, an Ibizan Hound is often disdainful of strangers.
WHAT IS IBIZAN HOUND BEHAVIOR LIKE?
The Ibizan Hound is an athlete and needs time to sprint and stretch her legs every day. With enough exercise, this breed makes for a happy, healthy housemate. Many remain puppy-playful well into adulthood.
HOW EASY IS IT TO TRAIN AN IBIZAN HOUND?
Let's just say it: these dogs think they're smarter than you. If you want a well-behaved Beezer, you're going to have to put in some work. They're sensitive, so be gentle with your furry friend. You'll get the most mileage out of short training sessions focused on holding this smarty-paws' interest. Ibizan Hounds respond well to praise and food treats.
This breed's prey drive is no joke, so an Ibizan Hound is not a great candidate for off-leash play outside a well-fenced area. And we mean well fenced: they're world-class jumpers, so six feet minimum — no rabbit fences or underground electronic ones. This breed excels in agility and lure coursing.
CARE & HEALTH
HOW MUCH DO IBIZAN HOUNDS SHED AND WHAT ARE THEIR GROOMING NEEDS?
Ibizan Hounds are infrequent shedders and don't need much in the way of grooming. Weekly brushing and baths as needed should be enough to keep them looking their best.
WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS DO IBIZAN HOUNDS HAVE?
Ibizan Hounds are generally healthy. Some experience congenital deafness, hip dysplasia, eye ailments, or thyroid disease.