Podenco Ibicenco FCI Standard
Nowadays the scientists have proved that this theory doesn’t correspond to the facts. Genetic findings demonstrated that the present-day Ibizian Hound is modern revival of an older type and doesn’t have the ancestry of thousands of years. Most likely the dog has been existed on Spain’s Balearic Islands for quite a while. From the name of one of the islands (Ibiza) the name of the dog was derived.
It is believed that the Phoenicians, the experienced and most daring traders of that period, have brought the dog there in VIII-IX century BC. This dog hunted for rabbits and hares to provide the food to the habitants of Ibiza. It is endowed with excellent scent and sight senses and at that time hunted not only for humans but also got provision for itself as it wasn’t fed by them.
The hardships of life have shaped the Ibiza Hound into skilful, hardy and patient hunter that could at day and at night both alone and in pair. The breed might have never reached the Western world unless in 1956 a pair of dogs was taken by Colonel and Mrs. Consuelo Seoane to Rhode Island. These couple of dogs along with a few other imports provided the basis of the breed in America.
The Ibizian Hound was granted recognition of American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1979 and for the first time took part at the Westminster Kennel Club show in 1980. It is also recognized by most major kennel clubs but still remains a rare breed.
The strangers will be met by the Ibizian Hound with certain suspicion and restraint. The dog which has been correctly socialized will usually be amicable and welcoming with strange people. The territorial feeling is comparatively week in it so it’s worth as a protector or a watch dog is doubtful. The Ibizian Hound reacts very emotional to stress in a home. It will feel itself terrible almost to the point of being physically ill, when the members of the family quarrel in loud voices.
The Ibizian Hound has hunted in a company with other dogs for hundreds of years. So it’s generally ok with other canine animals under the condition that the dog has been appropriately socialised with them. The breed doesn’t strive to impose its dominative position and may be brought into household with its counterpart. Though the initial meeting of the dogs should be carefully observed in order to prevent possible fights.
Rabbits were primarily source of nourishment for the Ibizian Hound and it kept much of its prey drive intact. The small home pets will never be safe around this breed but if they have been brought up together your Ibizian Hound will probably accept it as a member of the pack. The future owner should realize that no matter how good the Ibizian Hound is trained the instinct will occasionally win and this will result the death of neighbour’s cat.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• ear infections;
• eye problems.
Screaming and negative stimulus is going to shape defiant and obstinate dog. Being an intelligent and quick-witted dog the Ibizian Hound will from time to time take a stubborn stance and refuse to follow the master’s commands.
The Ibizian Hound is one of the fastest runners in a dog world and impresses by its endurance. The leash is a must for the dog since its prey urge may prevail at any times and lead to very unpleasant surprises in a form of a dead cat. It’s very crafty at escaping even from the most safely fenced area and therefore once off-leash it should be attentively supervised on the constant basis.