Podenco Ibicenco

Podenco Ibicenco Breed description: Character & Co


Podenco Ibicenco - in the breed portrait

The Podenco Ibicenco has become a widespread dog breed in Germany in recent years. Especially the Podenco Ibicenco mediation from Spain by animal welfare organizations has contributed to this.

What is the origin of the Podenco Ibicenco?

The historical origin of this dog breed is not clear. It is assumed that the "Tesem" is the progenitor of the Podenco Ibicenco. This is also considered with the Pharaoh dog (Kelb tal-Fenek). To this theory also belongs that through the Phoenicians this type of dog was spread in the Mediterranean area.

In the other thesis it is assumed that these dog breeds have developed from the Mediterranean pariah dogs. The physical differences are due to the regional conditions.

Its original home is the Spanish Balearic Islands. Probably starting from the island of Ibiza. This island is responsible for the naming. In the meantime, this dog breed is also represented on the Canary Islands and the entire Spanish mainland and there preferably in Catalonia.

In 1931 Spain applied for the registration of the breed standard of the Podenco Ibicenco at the FCI. The breed standard No. 89 was documented in group 5, section 7, at the FCI. At that time and for many years, this dog breed was also erroneously called the Pharaoh Dog. Accordingly, there were two breed standards under different names for the same dog. This mistake was corrected by the FCI in 1977 and the name Pharaoh Dog is only valid for the Kelb tal-Fenek from Malta.

What are the breed characteristics of the Ibiza Dog?

A striking feature of this long-legged, greyhound-like dog is its large prick ears. With its far-reaching and elegant trot, the Podenco Ibicenco steals the show from many of its peers. In addition, each representative of this breed has a white tail tip. This dog breed is a hunter by passion and can reach a high

  • reach a high running speed,
  • hook like a hare...
  • and has an enormous jumping ability.
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Alternate Name Ibiza dog
Origin Spain
Life expectancy 12 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Primitive type - Hunting Dogs
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

What are typical character traits of the Podenco Ibicenco?

This lovable clown is a thoroughbred hunter. He hunts by scent, hearing and sight. The Podenco Ibicenco is

  • independent
  • intelligent
  • gentle
  • sensitive
  • full of character
  • friendly
  • eager to run

With patience and love you can educate this dog. He loves his humans. With physical and mental workout you can lead the hunting instinct into another direction. You cannot drive the hunting passion out of your Podenco Ibicenco.


  • active
  • independent
  • energetic
  • intelligent
  • stubborn
  • playful


  • Hunting Dog

What are typical diseases of the Podenco Ibicenco?

The breed of the Podenco Ibicenco is considered to be robust. Inbreeding is not known.

The Podenco Ibicenco breeding - where, how, what?

The Podenco Ibicenco is still bred as a hunting dog on the Spanish mainland, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands. The Spanish breeders operate a performance breeding. Through the Podenco Ibicenco mediation, a "sorted out" breeding dog can be mediated from Spain to Germany.

In Germany there are only a few breeders. Since the beginning of 1999 the DWZRV (German Sighthound Breeding and Racing Association) is in charge of the Podenco Ibicenco. The Swiss Club for Mediterranean Sighthounds takes care of this breed within Switzerland.

Portrait of a dog of the breed Podenco ibicenco of white color

The typical greyhound body build is somewhat stronger. The small head with its large prick ears is the trademark of this dog breed. With these ears, it can perfectly express his emotions. There are three different representatives of this dog breed the:

  1. Podenco Ibicenco Shorthair
  2. Podenco Ibicenco Roughhair
  3. Podenco Ibicenco Longhair

All three coat types have no undercoat. The coat colours are mostly white and red combined. A colouring in white or red is also possible. In the Podenco Ibicenco Roughcoat fawn may occur. The long tail is white at the tip.

How big does a Podenco Ibicenco grow?

The males reach a height at the withers between 66 and 72 cm. The bitches are smaller due to their sex and are between 60 and 67 cm.

How much does a Podenco Ibicenco weigh?

There are no weight specifications within the breed standard. A Podenco Ibicenco should weigh between 20 and 29 kg. The sex of the dog should be taken into account.

How old does a Podenco Ibicenco become?

The life expectancy of this breed dog is between 12 and 14 years.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Standing Ears
Tail lang
Anatomy slim, sporty
Size ♀ 60 - 67 cm
Weight ♀ 20 - 29 kg
Size ♂ 66 - 72 cm
Weight ♂ 20 - 29 kg
Suitable For


white brown red

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