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The Ibizan Hound has some Special RequirementsIbizan Hound
By: Jane Bicks, D.V.M.
The Ibizan Hound is an elegant, short haired or wire haired dog,
dating back to Egyptian pharaohs, resembles a greyhound,
and thus has the nutritional requirements of one.
It's coat and skin need little work except for
daily brushing and a well balanced diet with
good quality protein.
Brewers yeast treats can help ensure adequate protein
for strong muscle development and a healthy skin and
Carrots, celery, and other vegetables are other
treats of choice to keep your greyhound fashionably
Because of it's large size, bloat, cardiomyopathy, and
arthritis are the major diseases to look for and avoid.
See our Article on Bloat Prevention
our Article on Preventing Arthritis
The advantage of fresh meat, torula yeast, or wheat
germ is a heart saver, since they contain high quantities
of L-carnitine and taurine. Antioxidants are a must
for all greyhounds over 2 years of age to help
prevent or decrease pain and stiffness.
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The Ibizan Hound
The Ibizan Hound, pronounced "I-bee-zan" or "I-beeth-an",
originated in ancient Egypt, where it is depicted in many
sculptures and hieroglyphs, many over five thousand years
old. It was likely taken to Europe by Egyptian and Spanish
traders sometime between 700-900 BC, and it was and still is
popular with small game hunters on the island of Ibiza in
Spain, (from whence the breed got its current name), and the
The Ibizan Hound is often associated with the Pharaoh Hound
which shares its sleek, agile, deer-like shape and excellent
hunting skills. An Ibizan is distinguished from other sleek
coursing hounds by its large, amber-colored eyes and its
"Roman" nose. Its neck is long and arched and topped with a
long wedge-shaped head and large triangular erect ears.
The body is fine-boned and athletic and appears "designed
for speed." The long legs seem to be "on tiptoe" and when
alert the long slender tail is help straight upright. Ibizan
coats come in three types, smooth, wire-haired and long-
haired, with the smooth being by far the most common. The
most common colors are white, red, white and red, or white
As stated, Ibizan Hounds need plenty of exercise. Since they
are great runners an Ibizan might do well running on leash
with your bicycle or as you jog. Just remember that they are
sight hounds and the hunting and chasing instinct can be too
strong for even the most well trained Ibizan if it is
allowed to run free.
Ibizan Hounds are pack dogs and love their humans, so they
are easier to train than many hounds since they are
intelligent and eager to please. They do need good
socialization and plenty of mental and physical exercise and
play to avoid depression or negative behaviors.
As pets and companions Ibizans are instinctively watchful
and protective, although their hunting instincts can cause
problems with smaller animals. When training an Ibizan Hound
remember that they are very sensitive to noise and tone of
voice and calm assurance is the way to successfully teach
them. Harshness can lead to serious dislike of the trainer.
Ibizan Hounds are generally quite healthy and hardy, but
they are vulnerable to allergic reactions to drugs and
insecticides. Like members of most large dog breeds,
individuals may have problems with hip dysplasia. They do
have a fairly thin coat and so need protection in cold
climates or seasons.
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