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Ibizan Hound

The Ibizan Hound is a striking, tall, angular sighthound with large erect ears. There are two coat types, the most commonly seen is the smooth short-coated variety however a wirehaired type also occurs. 

10 – 12 years
19 - 25 kg
56 -74 cm
White, a bright red chestnut, or ‘lion’ (a fawn shade, rarely seen) with or without white
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Quiet dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Ibizan Hound dog breed is generally hardy with few widely recognised health problems.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


Affectionate and sensitive, sometimes aloof and independent but loyal to their family and with a comedic sense of humour at times, the Ibizan Hound can make an excellent companion for the right family. They are not for the faint-hearted, they can be loud, and they don’t take kindly to being left alone for long periods. They need to run and jump, and are incredible athletes with quick, independent minds.  

Did you know?

Whilst Ibizan Hounds are listed as appearing in a colour named ‘lion’ there appears to be some controversy over what this colour actually is, and whether it is acceptable or not! Some people list a dilute red as ‘lion’ whilst others state ‘lion’ is a yellowish tawny colour. Images of this colour are impossible to find and it doesn’t appear to exist in Ibizan Hounds found in the USA at all! 

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