Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan Hound is a graceful, well defined, lithe athletic dog with large broad erect ears and forms part of the popular hound group.

Ibizan Hound breed group


Size of the Ibizan Hound

Large. An athletic, rangy dog with a powerful yet light physique.

Country of origin


Time of original development

The exact origins of the Ibizan Hound are unclear, but it is widely believed to be a descendant of one of the oldest dog breeds in the world with references going back to drawings depicting very similar dogs in Egyptian tombs and on pieces of pottery over 5,000 years ago.The breed developed after dogs arrived on the island of Elvissa on trading ships with the Phoenicians producing the dog we know today.

The Ibizan Hound through History

The multi-talented Ibizan Hound has an impressive hunting pedigree and range of skills, being able to hunt by scent, sight and sound. It specialised in hunting small game and rabbits.

Ibizan Hound breed introduction and overview

The Ibizan Hound is a tall, lithe, well-muscled and neat looking dog. It has a well defined head with broad ears that stand erect and taper at the tips. The breed comes in both a smooth coat and a wire coat variety, in a selection of warm and earthy colours and markings. In contrast the nose, ears, pads on the paws, and rims of the eyes are a light tan/dark sand colour. The smooth coat is short, hard and dense, and the wire coat rough and wiry, growing to a length of around 1-3 inches. The long flowing limbs, the elegant slender long neck and streamlined physique make the Ibizan Hound one of the most striking dogs in the hound group.

The Ibizan Hound is a quiet dog around the home, but makes a good guard and will bark to bring attention to any possible threat.

The Ibizan Hound is an excellent athlete, and is renowned for jumping big heights from a standing position! For this reason, it’s important that gardens are very secure, and fences are high to prevent this breed from escaping.

Sadly, it’s a very rare dog in the UK with just 15 dogs being registered with the Kennel Club in 2015.

Ibizan Hound temperament

The breed is generally placid and fun loving in the home, enjoying the company of adults and normally good with children. However, children should be taught to be gentle with this sensitive dog, and rough play and noise should be discouraged.

It is good with other dogs, rarely displaying aggressive behaviour and generally sociable. Ibizan Hounds and cats are not normally compatible, and smaller pets are not suitable house companions with this breed.

Colour varieties of the Ibizan Hound

The breed comes in a variety of colours including:

  • Chestnut
  • Chestnut & White
  • Lion
  • Red & White
  • White
  • White & Chestnut
  • White & Red

Country of Origi

Size and weight of the Ibizan Hound

Height bitch 56-74cms

Height dog 56-74cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 20-29kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 20-29kgs

Exercise requirements of the Ibizan Hound

High. This breed is not for the less active dog owner, requiring at least 2 hours of good quality and vigorous exercise every day. It’s a breed suited to a rural lifestyle with adequate open spaces to achieve the physical activity it requires. The Ibizan Hound would also appreciate a large, secure garden. This is not a suitable dog for town dwellers or cities.

Is this a dog for a first time dog owner?

Not recommended. This breed like most in the hound group are driven by their hunting instinct, and the Ibizan Hound is perhaps one of the most difficult to train. Its obedience level is often low and unreliable, and its mind commonly distracted when outdoors, with running off and roaming quite a common problem.

Ibizan Hound coat length

The smooth coated Ibizan Hound has a short hard coat. The wire coated dog’s coat is rough, wiry and coarse, growing up to 3 inches in length.

Ibizan Hound Grooming requirements

The short coated variety requires virtually no grooming, however a buff with a chamois leather will bring out a glorious shine to the coat. Dogs with short coats should be dried after walks in wet and cold weather conditions. This breed does tend to feel the cold.

A soft pin brush or slicker brush are the ideal tools for keeping the wire haired Ibizan Hound’s coat tangle free, tidy and healthy. Brush 2-3 times per week.

Ears should be cleaned and checked regularly for any sign of infections.


No. The Ibizan Hound sheds hair steadily throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog for allergy sufferers.

Health Issues in the Ibizan Hound

The healthy and hardy Ibizan Hound comes with very few health problems but potential owners should consult their breeder about the following reported problems:

  • Seizures
  • Allergies

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Ibizan Hound

A healthy dog should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 12-14 years.

Approximate Ibizan Hound pedigree puppy price

No current information is available on puppy price as litters are few and far between. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is due. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy.

There are generally 4-8 puppies in an average litter.

Estimating how much a Ibizan Hound would need to be fed each day and weekly cost

A bitch weighing 20kgs requires 283gms of complete dry food daily. A dog weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food daily.

The weekly cost of feeding a 20kgs bitch is around £7.00

The weekly cost of feeding a 25kgs dog is around £8.00

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket. A good quality feed is suggested for the energetic dogs in the hound group.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

  • Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:
  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Nutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment