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The Ibizan Hound is a quiet, clean and gentle breed. The head is long and narrow with a long muzzle that tapers to a point, giving the appearance of a cone. Protective and somewhat independent, they will hold back watchfully with strangers, once they decide the stranger means no harm, they will relax very quickly. The Ibizan Hound is resilient and strong, but can have allergic reactions to drugs, including insecticides and flea powders. Some lines seem to be prone to seizures. You should be careful if you are bringing this dog into a house with small animals. Cats that are raised with the Ibizan Hound will fit in just fine as part of the “family pack,” but it will chase and possibly kill a cat it does not know. This breed requires a great deal of exercise. It should have at least two to three long walks a day. Do not let this breed off the lead unless you are in a secure area. This independent sight hound is extremely fast and it will take off and not come back until it chooses to.
Life expectancy: 10-12 years
Originating country: Ibiza
Temperament: Playful, polite, Sensitive
Interesting fact: The Ibizan Hound is very similar to the Pharaoh Hound, with the main difference being coat colour and the Ibizan’s larger size. Depictions of dogs that looked much like today’s Ibizan Hound were found in ancient Egypt around 3400 BC