The homeland of the Podenco Ibicenco is the Spanish mainland and the Balearic Islands. The Podenco Ibicenco is a dog breed recognized by the FCI. This dog breed is listed in Group 5, Section 7 under Standard No. 89. Other known names are Mallorqui and Balearic dog. Ca Eivissec is the Catalan name.
The slender and greyhound-like build is typical of the Podenco Ibicenco. In females, the height at the withers varies between 60 and 67 cm. The males are slightly taller at 66 to 72 cm. The body weight is between 20 and 30 kg for both sexes.
The Podenco Ibicenco comes in three coat variations. The best known coat is smooth and short. This breed is also bred in rough coat and long coat. The approved coat coloration is white, fawn, red and red and white. A fawn coloration is permitted only in roughhair and longhair.
The high-legged Podenco Ibicenco with narrow head, long muzzle and the big ears becomes between 10 and 12 years old. The jumping ability from a standing position is legendary. The elegant and ground-covering trot can change in a flash to a rapid racing pace.
This active dog can hardly be weaned from its passion for hunting. Walks or sporting activities in nature should therefore be done on a suitable leash. The Podenco Ibicenco is intelligent with a stubborn streak. With a consistent education well manageable.
Tasks this dog performs independently and with commitment. In the house he is quiet and sensitive. The Podenco Ibicenco must be able to live out its innate urge to move. One possibility is romping in a secure environment. Ideally would be a large garden with high fencing.
The right food
Podenco Ibicenco is not picky about food. Often this breed is "greedy". This is where you come in. Prevent the possibilities for unintentional stealing of food in the house. During walks, the dog should not have the opportunity to eat anything on the side of the road.
It is best to feed the daily ration divided into two (morning, evening). Use a high quality food adapted to the daily exercise. The treats for reward and training should be chosen carefully. Dried offal (rumen, lung, heart) is healthier and tastier.
Whether barfen, wet or dry food is not important for this breed. The energy requirement for the very active dog must be ensured. The danger of underweight is often given with an unbalanced diet. Check the weight regularly at the vet or pet store.
Podenco Ibicenco care
The Podenco Ibicenco is easy to care for. Brush the coat at regular intervals. No matter what type of coat, the Podenco Ibicenco has no undercoat. The regular coat change is unspectacular.
Routinely, you should check the claws and pads after long walks. Injuries in this area can also occur when cycling or other active dog sports.
Breed-typical diseases are not known. The Podenco Ibicenco is robust. Especially the performance-oriented breeding in his home country does not allow any health defects.
You should have a leash to go with the usual collar or harness. For the Podenco Ibicenco different leashes would be practical. A shorter leash (2 m) for the city or town area. A long leash (5 m) for the forest and meadow area.
For tracking dog training, a tracking leash (10 m) would be an important component. For obedience and for the dog-human relationship, lunging is a good thing. Here you need pylons and a long rope for the circle.
Intelligence games for the cold season bring your dog variety. Sniffing games train the dog's nose.
The Podenco Ibicenco has no undercoat. In our latitudes a rain blanket or winter blanket for the back would be good. Depending on the age or sensitivity, there is a winter or rain coat for your dog. To protect against cold, the woolen scarves for dogs are suitable.
Origin & History
For the origin of the Podenco Ibicenco there are several possible variations. Once the ancient Egyptian hunting dog Tesem is said to be the origin of this breed. This is also associated with the Pharaoh's dog (Kelb tal Fenek). The Pharaoh Dog is native to Malta.
Another possibility is that the Phoenicians spread this type of dog in the Mediterranean area. However, this theory is not proven.
Another theory is that from the Pariah dog have developed the breeds of Podencos, Pharaoh dog and Cirneco dell' Etna. This would mean that there are no common ancestors. The appearance of these dog breeds developed from the regional requirements.
For the first time the Podenco Ibicenco came to England in 1929. In England he is still bred today. The name "Pharaoh's dog" was used for a long time on the continent. In 1906, an article was published in a Swiss hunting magazine. Dr. Carl von Muralt reported on hunting in the Balearic Islands. He used the term "pharaoh dog".
In 1931, a breed standard for the Podenco Ibicenco was submitted to the FCI by Spain. The FCI adopted another breed standard in 1963. This one was based on the Podenco Ibicenco. This made it possible to register all greyhound-like dogs with prick ears from the Mediterranean region as "Pharaoh dogs".
This second breed standard was repealed by the FCI in 1977. The correction assigned the Pharaoh Hound to the Kelb tal Fenek (Malta).