The Ibizan Hound, also known as the Podenco Ibicenco or Ca Eivissenc, is a hunting breed which originated in Muslim Spain. It was originally used for hunting rabbits and other small game. It was once believed to be an ancient breed, but a DNA analysis disproved that idea; instead it is a recreation of an older, Egyptian breed. The breed is known for its speed, keen senses, and ability to work on many different types of terrain. The breed is similar to but larger than the Pharaoh Hound, and was recognized in 1979 by the AKC.
The breed is athletic and elegant. It is a large breed, ranging from 24 to 29 inches in height and weighing 45 to 65 pounds. The breed has two types of hair, either smooth or wire, and its coat is generally red, white, or a combination of the two. It has tall, erect ears, alert, amber eyes, and a long, lean neck. The breed is graceful yet rugged.
The Ibizan Hound is intelligent and active. It thrives on entertaining people and makes an excellent house dog. The breed can be independent and stubborn so positive reinforcement and proper training are absolutely necessary. It is a generally quiet breed, but it barks if threatened or out of necessity, making it a good watch dog. The breed is very athletic and needs plenty of daily exercise and a large area in which to do so. Along with a large yard, the Ibizan Hound needs a tall fence to hold it in, as it is known as a jumper and climber.
The breed lives from 12 to 14 years on average and suffers from very few hereditary illnesses. The Ibizan Hound may however suffer from seizures, allergies, axonal dystrophy, cataracts, retinal dysplasia, and deafness.