Discussing dog breeds, dog-adoption, and the human-canine connection.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Ibizan Hound



I was thinking about dogs with Spanish roots the other night and thought - we need a post about the Ibizan Hound. Ibiza ( in Catalan - Eivissa) is a Spanish island, about 49 miles off the Spanish coast.



Ibizan hounds are athletic, intelligent, and what I'd call "hound-trainable", i.e. they have strong instinct but also have been bred to be biddable. In other words, don't leave them off-lead in an unsecured area because they aren't going to come back when you call them after they start to give chase. On the other hand, they're entirely willing to consider your opinion when it comes to training around the house.






This is also a breed that is very able to jump a typical fence, or work a simple latch on a gate. The ideal home for an Ibizan keeps them busy; they don't do well left alone for long periods of time or if not exercised.


If on the other hand, one is looking for an athletic partner with a sense of humor than this may be your dog.











This is also a great breed for those who enjoy lure coursing or who just enjoy watching an agile dog that can move with grace and speed. Typically they are good with children - well behaved children because this breed can also be sensitive. And stubborn. Remember, hounds have to be capable of working out front of people and making independent choices.




This was also a breed used often by farmers who would have an Ibizan that they used to hunt hares. While this indicates that the Ibizan will have prey drive for small, fast moving animals, it also indicates that overall they are compatible with other animals in the home. Ibizan tend to do well with other dogs.



They also have a reputation in North America at least, for considering themselves a person on four legs. As someone who is rather fond of dogs with a sense of self, I find this reputation attractive :-)

The Ibizan comes in 2 or 3 coat types depending on how one counts: there is a short coat, a wire coat, and either a straighter haired wire coat or a long coat.













This week we're joining the Barks and Bytes blog hop hosted by Two Brown Dogs and Heart Like a Dog - this is a very eclectic blog hop that any and all bloggers are welcome to join - which is why we like it :-)







2 Brown Dawgs





12 comments:

  1. A beautiful dog, especially in motion. Your point about hounds, esp. sight hounds is good. They do know more about hunting than their humans so they feel as if they should take the lead.

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  2. Another example of dog as living art!

    You're book should be shipping within 24 hours Jan :-)

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  3. Absolutely beautiful photos!!!!! i especially love the selfie looking one!!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. A fun loving dog needs to take a few pics of themself from time to time ;-)

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  4. What a gorgeous dog! I've seen photos before, but never met one. My loss, methinks.

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    1. They're characters - and we both love a good character, don't we!

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  5. Thanks so much for joining the Barks and Bytes hop! I love this breed and have always wanted one, but it is not a practical choice for us. :) I never knew about the three coat types though. I still think I like the short smooth coat the best, (but they are all cute).

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    1. Thanks for co-hosting the hop and stopping in! We're constantly looking for great blogs to follow and we're happy to add you to our circle :-)

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  6. These dogs are just so interesting, like something out of an Egyptian tomb painting. By the way Im pleased to see from your comments on your blog that you are a star trek fan. The tag however that says live long and prosper is not from the star trek pet collection its from fetching tags they do custom tags Have a fun Friday
    retro rover

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    1. Thanks for the important info; when I got to the Star Trek sight they were sold out of collars :( A custom tag might just do the trick!

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  7. This was a great post. Such a regal and lovely dog. I love your blog. Thanks for all the great info

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I actually plan to write a new post soon, hope you'll stop back in :-)

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