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Ibizan Hound Essential Facts You Should Know

Jun 26, 2008
The Ibizan Hound is a quiet, fast dog that needs to be raised inside with her human family. She can jump almost any fence at a standstill and will run for miles until she feels like coming home. They are clean, gentle dogs but may do poorly with other pets and dogs. She may consider cats and small pets prey. She does very well with older children as long as she is socialized with them early on. As a reminder, never leave a child unsupervised with a puppy or dog.

Approximate Adult Size

The approximate adult size (two years old or older) of the Ibizan Hound is 22 to 29 inches to the withers (highest point of the shoulder) and 42 to 55 pounds.

Special Health Considerations

Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Ibizan Hound is no exception. Although a healthy breed, be on the look out for seizures and allergic reactions to chemicals and flea preparations. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list.

She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets.

Grooming

The Ibizan Hound has three coat varieties. All varieties need regular brushing. Brushing will help her maintain a clean and healthy coat and help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with her.

Her ears should be checked once a week and be kept clean. If you have her professionally groomed, make sure ear cleaning and inspection is part of the package. No water or excess fluid should get in the dogs ears, and do not try to irrigate the ears. Ear cleaning is too complicated and critical to instruct here. Look for hair growing in the ear canal, excess wax, or moisture. If her ears have a discharge, foul odor or she seems to be in distress and you suspect an infection, or tumor, consult your veterinarian.

Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease.

Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net.

Life Span

The Ibizan Hound can live between 10 and 12 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions.

History

The Ibizan Hound comes from Spain, but they were originally owned by the Pharaohs in Egypt. They were first registered by the American Kennel Association in 1978.
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For more information on the Ibizan Hound or a complete list of dog breeds visit this Dog Behaviour website.
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