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Sick dogsThis year we have had an unusual number of sick dogs requiring expensive veterinary treatment, this is over and above the normal vaccinations, castrations and passports. If you wish to help, please donate using the buttons on all our pages. All donations large or small will be gratefully received and used directly on the dogs. Many thanks in advance.
Life in rural Spain can be very hard for these dogs. They are primarily used for hunting and are usually starved for 5 days prior to a hunt to keep them “keen”. Very often they live in hovels with little shelter and spend 90% of their lives on a short chain. It is not uncommon for hunting dogs in Spain to be kept in a “vallado” (fenced holding pen) in the middle of nowhere being visited only two or three times a week to be fed left overs and given water. Many of them are literally just about fed enough to keep them alive.
By nature these dogs tend to be watchful of strangers but are very loyal to their owners and other family dogs. They are generally quiet but do “alarm” bark making them good watchdogs. They are intelligent dogs but tend to be rather independent and can be stubborn. They are a very clean dog and, on the whole, make very good house dogs. The breed is renowned for having a good affinity with children and other dogs.
These dogs are bred to hunt and retain a great hunting instinct. They have very acute senses and will hunt most small animals but particularly rabbits and hares. To watch one of these dogs “on a chase” is breathtaking. They are extremely athletic and agile and leap in gazelle-like fashion to maintain a good view of their prey. The pursuit is nearly always accompanied by a gleeful yapping noise resulting from sheer excitement.
Due to their strong hunting instinct and great agility Ibizan Hounds and Podencos are not the easiest dogs to own. They are best suited to families who have the ability to give them plenty of daily exercise and homes with securely fenced gardens. Fences need to be high as these dogs are able to jump great heights from a standstill.
The Ibizan Hounds, sometimes called “Beezers” by their fanciers, are quiet, clean, playful and polite. Good with children, gentle, sensible and sensitive. Protective and somewhat independent. They will hold back watchfully with strangers. Once they decide the stranger means no harm, they will relax very quickly. Be careful with small pets such as rabbits, cats and rodents; the Ibizan Hound is bred to hunt these creatures. 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. As in all breeds, the Ibizan Hound should be well socialized with other dogs, other animals, adults, and children.
If you have an adult Ibizan Hound and would like another dog, it is suggested that you get a puppy. Beezers are pack animals by nature, so introducing a puppy to the household is easier. An Ibizan thinks its humans are their pack, so any addition (human or baby) must be introduced slowly. Ibizans are members of the family. They cannot be kept as kennel dogs.
They love their humans, are as clean as a cat, and respect the rules of a household. This breed blushes when they get excited, as does the Pharaoh Hound. Ibizans like to learn and do so very quickly. They are trainable, but tend to be wilful and get bored easily. Provided they have been properly trained, they can participate in many types of dog sports. These dogs are very sensitive to the voice of their handler and a friendly request will always achieve more than a gruff command. This breed tends to have large litters.
The Ibizan Hound will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least a large yard. The Ibizan Hound can jump very high from a complete standstill, enabling him to easily jump most fences. An incredibly fast dog, the Ibizan Hound can be extremely difficult to re-capture.
They are sighthounds, meaning they hunt by sight rather than scent. Ibizans have selective hearing and an independent nature. They will take off running and WILL NOT come back until they feel like it. The strong chase instinct and lack of caution in traffic can lead to disaster. A large fenced area is best for regular exercise. Breed Club literature suggests at least 40X60 feet. The breed is quite sensitive to cold, as his coat is not very protective.