The lives of Spanish hunting dogs
By nature these dogs tend to be watchful of strangers but are very loyal to their owners and other family dogs. They are generally quiet but do “alarm” bark making them good watchdogs. They are intelligent dogs but tend to be rather independent and can be stubborn. They are a very clean dog and, on the whole, make very good house dogs. The breed is renowned for having a good affinity with children and other dogs. Ibizan Hounds come in a variety of sizes and colours, they are very adaptable.
These dogs are bred to hunt and retain a great hunting instinct. They have very acute senses and will hunt most small animals but particularly rabbits and hares. To watch one of these dogs “on a chase” is breathtaking. They are extremely athletic and agile and leap in gazelle-like fashion to maintain a good view of their prey. The pursuit is nearly always accompanied by a gleeful yapping noise resulting from sheer excitement.
Due to their strong hunting instinct and great agility Ibizan Hounds and Podencos are not the easiest dogs to own. They are best suited to families who have the ability to give them plenty of daily exercise and homes with securely fenced gardens. Fences need to be high as these dogs are able to jump great heights from a standstill.