Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: Are Ibizan Hounds good with children?
A: Like many breeds, a Ibizan Hound that has not been
exposed to children, may be leery of the quick energy of a
child. On the other hand, a Ibizan Hound raised with
children will quickly become your child's best friend and
they will provide each other with hours of entertainment.
Q: Can a Ibizan Hound be taken off lead?
A: Considering the fact that the Ibizan Hound possesses a
tremendous prey drive, it is not recommended they be let
off lead, at least until such time as they have been trained
to a reliable recall. Even then, caution is advised. Ibizans
are a very active breed and need daily exercise. A fenced
in area is always the safest idea when letting your dog run.
A five foot, or higher fence, is strongly recommended. The Ibizan Hound can jump very high from a complete standstill,
enabling them to jump most fences with ease. They are a very fast and agile dog and attempts to catch them when
they do escape can be difficult.
Q: Do Ibizan Hounds get along well with other animals?
A: Bringing an adult dog into a home with other animals should be done carefully. And only with careful supervision, the
Ibizan Hound will adjust quickly to it's new surroundings. Of course, the dog's history would play an important role in it's
ability to live with other animals. A puppy raised with other animals will accept and co exist with just about anything,
Q: Do Ibizan Hounds shed?
A: Ibizan Hounds come in 2 coats wire and smooth. Smooth's are short coats which do shed some. The wires coat
break off and does shed more than the smooth's.
Q: Do Ibizan Hounds require much grooming?
A: The smooth coat requires very little grooming. The wires will take just a little
more time. Both coats will need a occasional bath , regular toenail trims, ear
and teeth cleaning is about all that is required. A good brushing will help keep
the coat shiny and healthy, and will reduce the shedding in the home.
Q: Which makes the better pet ... a male or a female?
A: Much depends on the role the dog is expected to play in your life. The
males often are a bit more laid back. Both sexes are affectionate and
responsive. Personal preference is key here.
Q: How long do Ibizan Hounds live?
A: The average life span for the breed is 12-14 years, although there have
been some that have reached the age of 16 or better.
Q: Do Ibizan Hounds have any major health issues?
A: Fortunately, the Ibizan Hound is a hearty breed. But their are cases of
epilepsy, eye problems and deafness.
Q: Are Ibizan Hounds at risk with anesthesia?
A: Anesthesia is always a risk in any breed, the Ibizan Hounds are prone to some problems. With the new generation of
anesthesia commonly used in today's veterinary medicine, the risks are minimal. Ask your veterinarian what type of
anesthesia they are administering and discuss the risk factors.
Q: Are the ears natural or are they cropped like a Dobermans?
A: The Ibizan Hound ears are natural. They are born with their ears flat to their heads. The ears normally begin to lift
at about 4 to 5 weeks of age.
Q: Feeding your Ibizan Hound
A: A good quality food for large breed puppies is recommended. Never feed a puppy a high protein diet. Your Ibizan
needs to grow slow and steady. Adults will consume 4 to 6 cups a day. Again a good quality food is best.
Q: What colors do Ibizan Hounds come in?
A: The acceptable color for an Ibizan Hounds ranges from what is called Lion to red and any amount of white. Black on
any part of the Ibizan Hound is a disqualification. Please refer to the AKC breed standard for further information.
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