The Ibizan Hound, or “Beezeer,” has a life expectancy of 11 to 14 years.
The Ibizan Hound is an ancient breed. Egyptian artifacts dating back to 3400 B.C. depict dogs with a similar appearance to today’s Ibizan Hound. However, the breed of today is most often associated with the Mediterranean island of Ibiza where they arrived with Phoenician sea traders many centuries later. In Ibiza, the hounds were used extensively to hunt rabbit and other prey thanks to their speed and agility. Ibizan Hounds remained pure to the island for 2,000 years.
The Ibizan Hound weighs 45 to 65 pounds and measures 22.5 to 27.5 inches.
The Ibizan Hound has two coat types: short and smooth or long and wiry. Both coat types are naturally clean and require little upkeep. The Ibizan Hound’s coat should just be brushed once a week and bathed as needed.
Like all dogs, the Ibizan Hound also requires basic grooming. Brush their teeth, clean their ears and trim their nails on a regular basis.
The Ibizan Hound is elegant and independent.
The Ibizan Hound is proud and regal. The Ibizan Hound wants to be treated as an equal member of the family, not a subordinate. They like attention and affection, but tend to be less needy and demanding than other breeds.
While often serious, the Ibizan Hound does have a silly side. With their family, the Ibizan Hound can be clownish and playful. As puppies, Ibizan Hounds are especially energetic but mature into laidback adults. They can make great companions for children when raised with them.
Ibizan Hounds are deeply loyal to their families and want to look after them. They are kind, but reserved with strangers and can be protective of people and territory. Generally, sighthounds do not make effective watchdogs, but Ibizan Hounds are alert and quick to bark at anything or anyone suspicious.
The Ibizan Hound is sensitive and stubborn. This breed is not naturally obedient and takes patience to train. The Ibiza Hound responds best to a firm, but gentle leader and lots of praise and positive reinforcement.
As part of their training, the Ibizan Hound also needs plenty of early socialization. They tend to be wary of new people and can be shy or timid if not well socialized.
Athletic and agile, the Ibizan Hound makes a great hunting dog. If not used for hunting, the Ibizan Hound needs a daily outlet for burning energy. They should have a long daily walk in addition to regular time outside in a secure area for running around and playing.