• Overview

    Ibizan Hounds are elegant, athletic dogs who are still effective ratters on their island homeland. They are gentle and reserved around their families, of whom they are extremely trusting. These medium-sized dogs stand between 23 ½ and 27 ½ inches tall and weigh between 45 and 50 pounds.

    These exotic-looking athletic dogs are effective small game hunters who demand quite a bit of love and attention. Ibizan Hounds flourish with lots of affection, affirmation and exercise.

  • Personality

    Ibizan Hounds absolutely adore their owners and thrive in their company. They are sensitive dogs who don’t take well to being loudly remonstrated or ignored. In fact, these vocal dogs will not hesitate to let you know if they think they’re being ignored. They become visibly ashamed and remorseful if they are harshly reprimanded, so using a patient, gentle training approach that rewards their positive behavior will be most effective.

    These Ibizan jumping beans should not be left alone outdoors or left to play in yards without tall fences. They can jump incredibly high from a complete standstill, which makes them excellent tree-climbers and even better escape artists. They have acute senses of smell and their larger ears indicate a powerful, accurate sense of hearing. They’ll be unable to contain themselves and take off immediately when they sense small prey. Supervise outdoor playtime unless you wouldn’t be surprised to find your springy dog on the other side of the fence.

  • Coat Care

    Ibizan Hounds’ coats fit close to their lithe, muscular bodies. Their sleek bodies should give the constant appearance of athleticism. Ibizan Hounds have hard, short coats that are either smooth or wiry. Wiry coats are up to 3 inches long. Wire-haired dogs have longer hair on their backs, the backs of their legs and tail. Some dogs have longer mustaches and hair along their ears. Their coats are either solid white or light red, or combinations of both colors. Their rose-colored noses match the hue of their coats and give them a unique appearance. Ibizan Hounds have long, thin tails that stand up straight when they are alert.

    Grooming the Ibizan Hound’s coat does not require extensive effort, but it should be brushed once a week, no matter the texture. Brushing helps distribute oils throughout the skin and remove dead hair. Ibizan Hounds do shed, but by brushing them a little each day, you can reduce the amount of hair they lose around the house.

    Make sure to check your Ibizan Hound’s ears weekly for infection and trim any stray hairs from around the ears. They are generally a clean breed, so you will only need to bathe them after particularly dirty outdoor excursions.

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This grooming information is for an Ibizan with a smooth coat.  If your dog has a wire coat, go back to the “Care For My Dog” selector and (1) choose Ibizan from the breed pull-down menu and then (2) choose “Wire” from the “Coat Type” menu.

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This grooming information is for an Ibizan with a smooth coat.  If your dog has a wire coat, go back to the “Care For My Dog” selector and (1) choose Ibizan from the breed pull-down menu and then (2) choose “Wire” from the “Coat Type” menu.

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Hair Clipping

This grooming information is for an Ibizan with a smooth coat.  If your dog has a wire coat, go back to the “Care For My Dog” selector and (1) choose Ibizan from the breed pull-down menu and then (2) choose “Wire” from the “Coat Type” menu.

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Many dog owners are apprehensive about trimming their dog’s nails because they are nervous about cutting into the quick. But with the right conditioning and careful cutting, nail clipping can be a simple, stress-free activity for you and your dog.

Provide your dog with plenty of positive reinforcement and even treats to help associate nail clipping with a positive experience.  As you start to clip, gently press on your dog’s paws to help him become accustomed to the feeling of having his nails clipped. Then, work gradually, shaving down just a thin portion of the nail at first to make sure you don’t reach the quick. Clip one nail, reward your dog with a treat, and stop to give him some positive reinforcement before moving on. Gradually increase the number of nails you clip in one sitting to help your dog get used to the process. Never trim extremely long nails down to a short nail in one sitting, because this is an excellent way to accidently quick the dog’s nail. Instead, work gradually, shaving small portions of your dog’s nails off each time.

You can tell if you’re getting close to the quick by the texture of your dog’s nail. The nail is hard closer to the surface and becomes softer as you get closer to the quick. If your dog’s nail starts to feel softer, that’s a good indication that you’re getting close to the quick.

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Eyes / Ears

Not all breeds and coat styles require routine trimming in and around the eyes and ears but all should undergo regular inspection and cleaning around these sensitive areas. Doing so will help prevent the development of infections that could seriously damage these amazing organs.

It is always important to routinely clean your dog's eyes and ears, and examine for potential infections. Some smooth-coated dogs, like Basenjis and Boxers, and dogs with large ears, like Weimaraners and Great Danes, have sensitive ears that should be checked  weekly for infection and cleaned with a cotton ball. Gently wipe a cotton ball moistened with mineral oil, olive oil or witch hazel in your dog's ear, being careful to avoid the ear canal. Never use a Q-Tip, which could cause damage to the inner ear if your dog suddenly shakes or jerks his head. Bushy hair growth within the ear can be thinned with tweezers or blunt scissors. Use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around the eyes, ears and face. If you have a small dog, like an Italian Greyhound, take special care to  clean around their eyes with a cotton ball or soft cloth and use a small trimmer to trim excess hair around their eyes to make sure they are comfortable. Dogs with facial wrinkles, like French Bulldogs and Boston Terriers, should have their faces wiped down at least weekly to prevent infection.

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Many owners do not realize how important it is to brush your pet’s teeth on a regular basis. Some dogs are prone to dental problems and sensitive teeth, especially small dogs with tiny teeth and dogs with special diets. These problems can be easily combatted with frequent brushing.

Cavities are rare with dogs but gum disease caused by tartar buildup is not, which is why they require regular brushing with toothpaste and a toothbrush formulated specifically for dogs. While daily brushing is ideal, doing so on a weekly basis will be a big help in avoiding the need to bring your dog to a veterinarian for a cleaning, which usually has to be done under sedation.