Ibizan Hound
Ibizan Hound

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Ibizan Hound

Breed Registries:

Note: The breed registries indicated above are the most recognized all-breed registries. The breed may also be recognized by other registries not indicated here. For further details about dog registries, please see the document: Dog Breed Registries in North America.


25 to 29 inches (64-74 cm)


45 to 50 lbs (20.5-22.5 kg)

Breed Profile:

The Ibizan Hound is a slender and elegant sporting hound with a resemblance to the Anubis, the Egyptian "watchdog of the dead". He is believed to have originated in Egypt many centuries ago and is considered to be one of the most ancient breeds of hounds.

The Ibizan is renowned for his hunting abilities, using sight, scent and hearing when in pursuit of his game. He is even-tempered, affectionate and loyal, very trainable and an easygoing companion. The Ibizan is friendly and outgoing but also protective of his home and family.

With his strong, fit, lively and vigorous characteristics, the Ibizan is well suited for obedience, tracking and lure coursing. He moves with great pride and has a deer-like elegance. He is as fast as the top coursing breeds and without equal in agility. The Ibizan is said to be able to jump great heights from a standstill — It is recommended that owners of this breed have fences at least six feet high.

His coat is short, coarse and may be either rough or smooth. His colouring is red and white, solid or a combination.

Health Issues

Like all breeds of dogs, the Ibizan Hound may be susceptible to certain health problems. Some of these include:

  • Deafness — Deafness can occur in one or both ears. Breeding stock should be tested before breeding; however, this does not ensure that offspring will be free from this disorder.
  • Eye Problems
  • Allergies — Allergies to food, pollen, topical products, insects and other irritants are fairly common in the Ibizan Hound breed.
  • Seizures — There are many causes for seizures and some are believed to be hereditary.

Two additional health concerns should be noted:

  1. Anesthetics — Like all members of the Sighthound family, the Ibizan Hound may be sensitive to a number of anesthetics. It is very important to discuss this with your Veterinarian in advance of any required surgery. For additional information, see: Anesthesia And Your Saluki from the Saluki Club of America.
  2. Bloat — As with any deep-chested dog, the occurrence of Bloat or Gastric Torsion is a real possibility in the Afghan Hound. If you are not familiar with this condition, it is absolutely necessary to learn about it and know the symptoms — This is a real emergency and a life threatening condition that requires immediate Veterinary attention. See Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) - Bloat in the Health and Nutrition section of Canada's Guide to Dogs for more information and First Aid for Bloat for an article describing some of the things you can do if you are faced with this situation.

If you are considering the adoption of a Ibizan Hound puppy, or any breed, it is very important to be selective in choosing a responsible and reputable breeder. Ensure that the prospective puppy's parents have all health clearances. Breeding of any dog should not be done until after they have been proven to be free of evidence of significant hereditary diseases. (For more information on selecting a breeder, see the articles on the main Breed Listing and Breeders page.)

Additional Health Resources:

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Breed Standards

Grooming Information

  • Grooming — This section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website includes tips, articles and information covering all aspects of dog grooming along with a listing of Groomers from across Canada.

Training Resources

  • Training — For training information, see this growing section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website for tips, articles, as well as listings of training centres across Canada.

Training Tools & Equipment
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Additional Information

  • Lure Coursing Information
  • Whippets and Other Sighthounds — A very informative website dedicated to Sighthounds explaining why a Sighthound thinks and acts differently from other breeds of dogs.
  • Clubs, Sports & Activities — For information on the many sports and activities you can get involved in with your dog.
  • Working Dogs — The Working Dogs section of the Canada's Guide to Dogs website provides information and listings of organizations that are involved in various dog jobs, such as Guide Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Police Dogs, Protection Dogs, and much more.

Select from the following links to view Breeder listings; Breed Clubs; Rescue Organizations; as well as Books and other Merchandise specific to the breed:

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