The Ibizan Hound was originally bred to hunt rabbits and small game on the Balearic island of Ibiza.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Ibizan Hound.
1) Ancient History
The Ibizan is considered an ancient dog that was owned by the Pharaohs of Egypt in the past. It was in the 8th century when the Ibizan was brought to the Balearic Islands by traders, so that it could be used to hunt for rabbits. This ancient dog breed remained in the islands unspoiled for the next 2000 years.
The full-sized statue Anubis looks nearly the same as the Ibizan Hound of today. The Anubis, which is also known as the "Watchdog of the Dead", was found in 1922 amidst the treasures of Tutankhamen's tomb. It was proven that the tomb was quite a treasure trove. The statue of Anubis portrays a dog that resembles the Ibizan Hound in outline as well as features.
Polite but watchful with strangers, the Ibizan Hound does need early and extensive socialization to develop a confident, outgoing personality. Most are effective watchdogs and some have protective instincts, which is unusual for a sighthound.
He loves to leap, and he is incredibly graceful and light on his feet, without equal as a high-jumper and broad-jumper. Fences must be at least six feet high – and food stored on top of the refrigerator is not out of his reach!
5) Great Student
The Ibizan Hound learns quickly and enjoys activities such as obedience and agility (when they are made interesting and challenging), but he is a freethinker who doesn't obey mindlessly. He must be handled calmly and persuasively and motivated with food and praise, for he is sensitive to sharp corrections.
6) Running Excercise
Ibizan Hounds don't need miles of running, but they also can't get by with a small yard and leashed walks around the block. They need regular access to a large fenced area – fenced because these dogs are chasing addicts with sharp eyesight for movement. If something catches their attention on the horizon, they will take off and not come back.
7) Independent Dog
Sighthounds are very different from other kinds of dogs. They are independent thinkers who don't particularly care about pleasing you. They may display passive resistance by bracing their legs and refusing to move. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say.
8) Royal and Wild
Ibizan hounds are a mixture of noble royalty and wild hunter. They enjoy being pampered but would instantly trade a soft bed for a chance to run and hunt. They are quiet inside the house.
9) Chasing Animals
Ibizan hounds are unhappy if they do not get a chance to run every day. They especially like to play hunter and will chase any small animal that moves, even over the horizon, so you must be careful where you choose to let one off the leash. In many areas, no place is safe enough to unleash an Ibizan hound.
10) Emotional Sensitivity
Ibizan Hounds are extremely sensitive to stress and can end up literally sick to their stomachs, with severe digestive upsets and neurotic behaviors, if the people in their home are having family problems. Sighthounds are peaceful dogs who need a peaceful, harmonious home.