A typical Mediterranean hound, with tall ears, as depicted on Egyptian tombs and pottery since time immemorial. Though the breed takes his name from the island of Ibiza, he probably arrived there by way of early trading ships, such as those of the Phoenicians. The breed has been known not only on Ibiza but also on the neighbouring island of Formentera for something like 5,000 years.
A relentless hunter, who can shut his ears to all human entreaty when on the chase, he is not a breed for the town dweller, who is usually unable to provide adequate exercise with a reasonable degree of freedom for him to gallop.
The breed’s ability to jump considerable heights gives him a justified reputation as an escapologist. He is temperamentally aloof with strangers but devoted to his owners.
The smooth coat is easy to keep clean, and even the rough-coated variety sponges down quickly. The breed feels the cold if left outside in a British winter.
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Hound Breed Group
Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.