Ibizan Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Ibizan Hound so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Ibizan Hound have?
Ibizan Warren HoundPodenco IbicencoCa Eivissenc
Breed Type
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Ibizan Hound Price and Availability

How much does the Ibizan Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
If you choose to purchase the Ibizan Hound, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Ibizan Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Ibizan Hound gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Ibizan Hound?
Frequent: The Ibizan Hound is easier than average to get. Maybe there is some risk of overbreeding, as it is a popular breed.

Due to its popularity, inbreeding may occur. A new study shows that inbreeding contributes to the incidence of disease and health problems.

So be careful and seek the help of an experienced person or a professional, in making your decision.

Ibizan Hound Size

What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
How much does the Ibizan Hound weigh? Ibizan Hound weight:
Male: 44-53 pounds (20–24 kg), Female: 35-44 pounds (16-20 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Ibizan Hound? Ibizan Hound average weight:
Male: 48.5 pounds (22 kg), Female: 42 pounds (19 kg)
How tall is the Ibizan Hound? Ibizan Hound height:
22-29 inches (56-74 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Ibizan Hound average height:
25.5 inches (65 cm)

Ibizan Hound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Ibizan Hound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Ibizan Hound's coat?
How to groom the Ibizan Hound and how often?
Average: The Ibizan Hound requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Ibizan Hound, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Ibizan Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Ibizan Warren Hound?
Ibizan Hounds shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Ibizan Hound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Ibizan Hound every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Ibizan Hound Personality / Temperament

What kind of personality does the Ibizan Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Ibizan Hound? Are they intelligent?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.
Are Ibizan Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Ibizan Hounds are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
How playful is this breed?
Average: Ibizan Hounds, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark in excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Ibizan Hound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Ibizan Hounds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
High: Ibizan Hounds are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Ibizan Warren Hound need? Ibizan Hound social needs:
Ibizan Hounds need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do Ibizan Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Ibizan Warren Hound bark?
Average: The Ibizan Hound barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Ibizan Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Ibizan Hounds are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Ibizan Hound dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Ibizan Hounds are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Ibizan Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Ibizan Warren Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Ibizan Hound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Ibizan Hound has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Ibizan Hound has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Ibizan Hound bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Ibizan Hound, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Ibizan Hound do?
Ibizan Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Ibizan Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Ibizan Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Ibizan Hound roam?
Ibizan Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Ibizan Hound have high prey drive?
Ibizan Hounds have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Ibizan Hound dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Ibizan Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Ibizan Hound breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Ibizan Hound indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Ibizan Hounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.

Ibizan Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Ibizan Hound temperament with other people:
Ibizan Hounds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Ibizan Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Ibizan Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Ibizan Hounds usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Ibizan Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Ibizan Hound temperament with children:
Ibizan Hounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Ibizan Hound dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Ibizan Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Ibizan Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Ibizan Hound dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Ibizan Hounds are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Ibizan Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Ibizan Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Ibizan Hounds good office dogs? Do Ibizan Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Ibizan Hounds be office dogs?
Ibizan Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Ibizan Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Ibizan Warren Hound temperament with senior people? Are Ibizan Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Ibizan Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.

Ibizan Hound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Ibizan Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Ibizan Hound is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Ibizan Hound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Ibizan Hound breed? Most common health risks of Ibizan Hound:
AllergiesBloatDeafnessEye ProblemsHip DysplasiaSeizuresThyroid Disorder
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Ibizan Hound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Ibizan Hound see the vet?
The Ibizan Hound should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Ibizan Hound dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Ibizan Hound be? What is the age limit of the Ibizan Hound? How many years can the oldest Ibizan Hound live?
12-14 years
The average lifespan of Ibizan Hound: 13 years
Is the Ibizan Hound breed hypoallergenic?
Ibizan Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Ibizan Hound have? What is the activity level of the Ibizan Hound?
Ibizan Hounds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Ibizan Hound dogs require per day?
Ibizan Hounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Ibizan Hounds don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Ibizan Hound need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
2 to 3 cups of a high-quality dog food a day.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Ibizan Hound risk for obesity:
Low: The Ibizan Hound has good luck with genetics. This breed doesn't need to worry about obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Ibizan Hound's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Prefers warm weather
Dogs that prefer warm weather conditions are typically breeds that were originally bred in warmer climates.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Ibizan Hound has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Ibizan Hound drool?
The Ibizan Hound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Ibizan Hound could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Ibizan Hound. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Ibizan Hound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Ibizan Hound be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Ibizan Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Ibizan Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Ibizan Hound be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Ibizan Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Ibizan Hound be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Ibizan Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Ibizan Hound be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Ibizan Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Ibizan Hound be a boat dog?

Not really

Ibizan Hound breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Ibizan Hound be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Ibizan Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Ibizan Hound dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Ibizan Hound Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Ibizan Hound: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Ibizan Hound have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-12 puppies

Ibizan Hound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Ibizan Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1978 as a Hound breed.
FCI Group
Is Ibizan Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Primitive type - Hunting Dogs section.

Ibizan Hound Pros and Cons

  • Trainability: Ibizan Hounds are easy to train.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Ibizan Hound is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low: The Ibizan Hound has good luck with genetics.
  • Adaptability: Ibizan Hounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Ibizan Hounds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Ibizan Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Ibizan Hounds are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Hypoallergenic: Ibizan Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Ibizan Hound breed.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Ibizan Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Cat Friendly: Ibizan Hounds are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Ibizan Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Ibizan Hound History


The first impression of the Ibiza Hound is of a tall, aristocratic, sleek dog who is rather aloof but those who get to know the breed soon learn that they are generous with their affection, sensible, polite, and even playful. They are well known for being able to jump up 6 feet in the air, and they can reach speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Ibizan Hounds are also packed animals so they fit in with families just fine.



The Ibizan Hound’s origins are said to extend back at least 5000 years, making it one of the world’s oldest pure-bred canines. In Egyptian art, these dogs were frequently depicted. Tracing back to 3100 B.C., a concave dish, called the Golenischeff plate, was found at Nagada in upper Egypt, on which three leashed hounds with erect ears and tall lean bodies were portrayed.

Moreover, drawing of these ancient hounds, so strikingly similar to the Ibizan Hound, have been found in hieroglyphs and in the tombs of pharaohs dating back to 2650 B.C. Even the head of Anubis resembles that of the Ibizan. However, as their name reflects, the Ibizan Hound hails from the Mediterranean isle of Ibiza where the breed was traditionally used to hunt rabbits.

The mystery begins when the recorded history ends. How did a breed that looked as though it stepped out of an Egyptian tomb end up being discovered thousands of years later and thousands of miles away?

According to experts, it is possible that Phoenician traders may have brought these canines to Ibiza and the surrounding islands as early as 800 B.C. They were kept and bred for their capacity to hunt small creatures using their senses of sight, scent, and even hearing.

The tough conditions allowed little space for sentimentality, and those who were not physically fit were not maintained or bred. This definitely contributed to the breed’s hardiness today. The breed is known as Ca Eibisenc in its homeland.



Over time, the Ibizan Hound became known on the European continent, first in Catalonia, Spain, where he was called Eivissencs, and in Provence, France, where he was called Charnique and was prized by poachers. However, his association with the clandestine activity of poaching eventually led him to be banned from France. In the 20th century, the Marquesa de Belgida of Barcelona, Spain, Doe Maria Dolores de Cotonera took a strong interest in the Ibizan Hound, which was then considered an indigenous Spanish breed.

She maintained a big kennel on Majorca, the largest of the Balearic Islands, where she bred high-quality Ibizan Hounds whom she promoted throughout the whole world. Furthermore, it was not until the 1950s that the breed was exported and began its new incarnation as a companion and show dog. The breed was introduced to the United States in 1956 by Colonel and Mrs. Consuelo Seone. Today, the Ibizan is a prized hunter, coursing dog, show dog, and companion animal all over the globe.



The Ibizan Hound was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1979 and first appeared at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1980. He remains a rare breed today. The Ibizan Hound ranks 138th among the 155 breeds and varieties recognized by the AKC. The breed also became recognized by the United Kennel Club in the same year.

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