Ibizan Hounds are described as elegant, athletic, and deer-like. They have long, arched necks that lead up into a long, wedge-shaped head. The eyes are small and caramel or amber in color. The ears are large and triangular and stand up when the dog is alert or excited. The flesh-colored nose stands out beyond the jaw and is slightly convex in shape. Ibizans are lean, but not not as thin as other sight hounds. The forelegs are straight and dewclaws may be removed or left in tact. The back is level and straight, and the dog should be slightly longer than tall. The long tail hangs low when the dog is relaxed, and carried high when he is alert. The gait is described as graceful and floating and appears to skim the ground when running. There are shorthaired and wirehaired Ibizan Hounds, and all come in red, white or a combination of the two.
Size and Weight
Male Ibizan Hounds should ideally stand from 23.5 to 27.5 inches at the withers, while females should ideally stand 22.5 to 26 inches. Males average weight is 50 pounds and females average 45. There is no preferred height by breed standard.
Coat and Color
The Ibizan Hound coat comes in two styles: shorthair and wirehair. The wirehaired coat is one to three inches long, with longer hair on the back, thighs and tail, and a mustache on the face. Both short and wire coats are hard in texture. They come in colors of white, all shades of red, or red and white. Red Ibizans may be lion in shade, which is a light reddish-yellow color, or any shade of red all the way through the spectrum to deep red. Ibizan Hounds have unique coloring on the nose and eye rims, as they are flesh-colored.
Both shorthaired and wirehaired Ibizan Hounds are easy to groom. They require weekly brushing to remove loose and dead hair and maintain coat sheen. Bathe only as needed. Ibizans are naturally clean dogs, which makes baths only necessary once every few weeks.
Check the ears on a regular basis for signs of wax buildup, irritation or infection. Clean the ears with a cotton ball and a veterinarian-approved cleanser; never use a cotton swab in a dog's ear canal. Teeth should be brushed on a weekly basis to prevent tartar buildup, promote gum health and keep bad breath at bay. Trim nails monthly if the dog does not wear the toenails down naturally outdoors.