The Ibizan Hound is thought to have been brought the Spanish island of Ibiza by ancient sea-traders, possibly Phoenicians. There are depictions of very similar curly-tailed hounds in Egyptian art dating around 3400 BC. The Ibizan hound is unmatched in its jumping ability and this, paired with endurance and agility, made them master rabbit hunters in Ibiza’s rough terrain. This elegant breed’s coat can be either smooth or wiry and comes in red, white, or any combination thereof. They are loving, gracious family pets but tend to be independent in nature and aloof with strangers. Diligent but positive training will help to them reach their full potential as companions. Due to their preternatural jumping abilities (they can clear a five-foot fence!), they need tall and secure fencing to keep them from wandering without permission.
Each AKC approved purebred breed has its own national club. The mission of these “parent breed clubs” is to improve and preserve a particular breed by advancing knowledge about its history, its health, and care requirements. They also work to assure that the breed’s form and function remain true to its historical physical type and character: A Dalmatian, for instance, should be athletic and have a natural affinity for working with horses. A Fox Terrier should have the right body size and shape, and a drive to go after vermin.
Pet owners, breeders, trainers, veterinarians, and others with a special love for a breed become members of the parent breed club to meet like-minded enthusiasts and to support the club’s mission. The nation’s top breed experts are members of the parent club.
The national parent breed club is the first and best place to go to learn about a breed or find a knowledgeable, experienced breeder.