Ibizan Hound
(AKC Hound Group)
Ibizan Hound

The agile, deerlike, elegant, and athletic Ibizan Hound has a long, arched neck; a long wedge-shaped head; amber eyes; and very large, triangular ears that stand up when the dog is alert. The nose is rose or flesh colored. The body is fine-boned, but not as slender as in many other sight hounds. The chest does not reach to the elbow. The Ibizan Hound has flat, sleek muscles without any heaviness. The front legs are perfectly straight all the way from the elbows to the ground. Dewclaws may be removed or left natural. The tail is long and slender, hanging low when the dog is relaxed and carried a bit higher when the dog is alert. The Ibizan Hound is hare-footed, with long toes. The coat comes in two types: smooth and wirehaired, in red or white, or combinations of both colors. The Ibizan Hound has a graceful, floating gait.


Several examples of Ancient Egyptian art, some from 5,000 years ago, depict dogs closely resembling today's Ibizan Hound. This sleek hunting hound might have been brought to the islands off the coast of Spain from Egypt by Phoenician traders about 700–900 BC. The breed became common on the island of Ibiza and other nearby islands and was used there to hunt rabbit and other small game. The Ibizan Hound can hunt on all types of terrain, working by sight, hearing, and smell. He is a steady pointer when he discovers game, and also can retrieve very well. Spanish hunters run these dogs in packs. Today the breed’s chasing instincts can flourish in the sport of lure coursing. The Ibizan Hound is also a delightful companion and show dog. This breed is very similar to the Pharaoh Hound, but the Ibizan Hound is taller and can have a multicolored coat. The Ibizan Hound was fully recognized by the AKC in 1979.

Key Facts:



Quiet, clean, playful, and polite. Sensible and sensitive. Gentle. Trainable, but tends to be willful and gets bored easily. Somewhat independent and reserved, though many are friendly. Protective. Tends to be somewhat dog-aggressive, particularly with same-breed males.