Ibizan Hound Temperament
What's Good About 'Em,
What's Bad About 'Em
Ibizan Hound Temperament, Personality, Behavior, Traits, and Characteristics, by Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2015
The AKC Standard says, "Lithe and racy, the Ibizan possesses a deerlike elegance combined with the power of a hunter."
Once past the boisterous puppy stage, the sleek Ibizan Hound is quiet, gentle, and relaxed indoors and can be a couch potato.
However, true to his heritage, he is also a swift and athletic dog who needs running exercise in a safe, enclosed area.
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 - the top of the refrigerator is not out of his reach.
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.
"Beezers" are good with other dogs, but likely to pursue (and catch!) smaller pets.
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.
Sighthounds can be touch-sensitive, startling when touched unexpectedly or wrapped up in someone's arms. A verbal correction is more effective than a physical one, because it is less upsetting and distracting to the dog.
If you want a dog who...
- Has a tall, slender, elegant build
- Has a sleek easy-care coat
- Is extremely athletic and graceful -- can run swiftly and jump great heights
- Is polite with strangers, but makes a keener watchdog than other sighthounds
- Responds better to training than some other sighthounds
An Ibizan Hound may be right for you.
If you don't want to deal with...
- Providing a large enough enclosed area (with a 6-foot fence) where he can gallop a couple of times a day
- Timidity in some lines, or when not socialized enough
- Strong instincts to chase smaller creatures that run
- An independent "what's in it for me?" attitude toward training
- Emotional sensitivity to stress and abrupt changes in schedule
An Ibizan Hound may not be right for you.
- choosing the RIGHT breeder and the RIGHT puppy
- or choosing an ADULT dog from your animal shelter or rescue group – a dog who has already proven that he doesn't have negative traits
- training your dog to respect you
- avoiding health problems by following my daily care program in 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy
More traits and characteristics of the Ibizan Hound
If I was considering an Ibizan Hound, I would be most concerned about...
- Providing enough running exercise. Ibizan Hounds don't need miles of running every day, but they MUST have regular opportunities to vent their energy. Otherwise they will become restless and bored -- which they usually express by destructive chewing.
Ibizan Hounds need access to a large fenced area -- fenced because these independent dogs will take off and not come back. If there is a dog club in your area, get your Ibizan Hound involved in lure coursing (chasing a mechanized lure around a track or across an open field). This is an appropriate outlet for the full-speed galloping behaviors that are "hardwired" into his genes.
- Timidity. Standoffish by nature, Ibizan Hounds need extensive exposure to people and to unusual sights and sounds. Otherwise their natural caution can become shyness or fearfulness.
- Chasing other animals. Most people do not realize just how fast and agile sighthounds are -- or how strong their instincts are to chase and seize fleeing creatures. They could seriously injure or kill your neighbor's cat or toy dog. In today's society, the legal liabilities should be considered.
- The independent temperament. Ibizan Hounds are not Golden Retrievers. They are independent thinkers who don't particularly care about pleasing you. Many Ibizan Hounds are stubborn. They can be manipulative. You must show them, through absolute consistency, that you mean what you say. All that said, if you're interested in canine activities such as obedience, agility, and tracking, Ibizan Hounds are one of the best choices of the sighthounds. When these activities are made interesting and challenging, Ibizan Hounds learn readily and are very willing to work with you.
To teach your Ibizan Hound to listen to you, "Respect Training" is mandatory. My Ibizan Hound Training Page discusses the program you need.
- Emotional sensitivity. Be honest...is there tension in your home? Are people loud or angry or emotional? Are there arguments or fights? 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, sensitive dogs who need a peaceful, harmonious home.
To learn more about training Ibizan Hounds to be calm and well-behaved, consider my dog training book, Teach Your Dog 100 English Words.
It's a unique Vocabulary and Respect Training Program that will make your Ibizan Hound the smartest, most well-behaved companion you've ever had.
Teaches your dog to listen to you, to pay attention to you, and to do whatever you ask him to do.
My dog buying guide, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, will teach you everything you need to know about finding a healthy Ibizan Hound. Health problems have become so widespread in dogs today that this book is required reading for ANYONE who is thinking of getting a purebred, crossbred, or mixed breed dog.
If you'd like to consult with me personally about whether the Ibizan Hound might be a good dog breed for your family, I offer a Dog Breed Consulting Service.
Once you have your Ibizan Hound home, you need to KEEP him healthy -- or if he's having any current health problems, you need to get him back on the road to good health.
My dog health care book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy is the book you need.
Raise your dog the right way and you will be helping him live a longer, healthier life while avoiding health problems and unnecessary veterinary expenses.
Please consider adopting an ADULT Ibizan Hound...
When you're acquiring an Ibizan Hound PUPPY, you're acquiring potential -- what he one day will be. So "typical breed characteristics" are very important.
But when you acquire an adult dog, you're acquiring what he already IS and you can decide whether he is the right dog for you based on that reality. There are plenty of adult Ibizan Hounds who have already proven themselves NOT to have negative characteristics that are "typical" for their breed. If you find such an adult dog, don't let "typical breed negatives" worry you. Just be happy that you found an atypical individual -- and enjoy!
Save a life. Adopt a dog.
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