Podenco Ibicenco

Description Podenco Ibicenco

Clownlike, active, independent
The homeland of the Podenco Ibicenco is mainland Spain and the Balearic Islands. The Podenco Ibicenco is a dog breed recognized by the FCI. This breed of dog is listed in Group 5, Section 7 under Standard #89. Other well-known names are Mallorqui and Balearic Dog. Ca Eivissec is the Catalan name.FCI Group: Spitz – Primitive type dogs

  • Size: Large
  • Weight: 20-30kg
  • Life expectancy: 10-12 years
  • Coat type: short hair
  • Colours: white, fawn, red, red-white

Character Podenco Ibicenco

The narrow and greyhound-like physique is typical of the Podenco Ibicenco. In bitches, the height at the withers varies between 60 and 67 cm. The males are slightly larger at 66 to 72 cm. The body weight of both sexes is between 20 and 30 kg.
The Podenco Ibicenco is available in three coat variations.

The best-known coat of hair is straight and short. This breed is also bred in wire-haired and long-haired dogs. The approved fur colors are white, fawn, red and red-white. A fawning is only permitted for wire-haired and long-haired dogs.
The long-legged Podenco Ibicenco with a narrow head, long snout and large ears is between 10 and 12 years old.

The ability to jump from a standing position is legendary. The elegant and expansive trot can switch to a rapid racing pace in a flash.
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 demeanor.

Easily manageable with consistent training.
This dog fulfills tasks 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 to romp around in a safe environment.

Ideal would be a large garden with high fencing.

Diet Podenco Ibicenco

The Podenco Ibicenco is not picky about food. This breed is often “greedy”. Here you are asked. Eliminate opportunities for unwanted food stealing in the home. When walking, the dog should not have the opportunity to eat anything on the side of the road.

It is best to feed the daily ration twice (morning, evening). Use a high-quality lining adapted to daily exercise. Carefully choose reward and training treats. Dried offal (tripe, lung, heart) is healthier and tastier.
Whether BARF, wet or dry food is not important for this breed.

The energy requirement for the very active dog must be secured. The risk of being underweight is often present with an unbalanced diet. Check the weight regularly at the vet or pet store.


The Podenco Ibicenco is easy to care for. Brush the fur at regular intervals. No matter what type of coat, the Podenco Ibicenco has no undercoat. The regular change of fur is unspectacular.
Routinely check nails and pads after long walks.

Injuries can also occur in this area when cycling or other active dog sports.
Diseases typical of the breed are not known. The Podenco Ibicenco is robust. Above all, the performance-oriented breeding in his home country does not allow any health defects.


There are several possible variations for the origin of the Podenco Ibicenco. The ancient Egyptian hunting dog Tesem is said to be the origin of this breed. This is also associated with the pharaoh hound (Kelb tal Fenek). The Pharaoh Hound is native to Malta.
Another possibility is that the Phoenicians spread this type of dog in the Mediterranean area.

However, this theory has not been proven.
Another theory says that the breeds of the Podencos, the Pharaoh Hound and the Cirneco dell’ Etna developed from the pariah dog. That would mean that there are no common ancestors. The appearance of these dog breeds developed from regional requirements.
The Podenco Ibicenco first came to England in 1929.

It is still bred in England today. The term “hound of the pharaohs” has long been used on the continent. An article was published in a Swiss hunting magazine in 1906. dr Carl von Muralt reported on the hunt on the Balearic Islands. He used the term “hound of the pharaohs”.

In 1931, Spain submitted a breed standard to the FCI for the Podenco Ibicenco. The FCI passed another breed standard in 1963. This 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 hounds”.
This second breed standard was repealed by the FCI in 1977.

Due to the correction, the Pharaoh Hound was assigned to Kelb tal Fenek (Malta).

Podenco Ibicenco Accessories

You should have a matching leash for the usual collar or harness. Different lines would be useful for the Podenco Ibicenco. A shorter leash (2m) for urban or local use. A long line (5 m) for the forest and meadow area.
A tracking line (10 m) would be an important part of training to become a tracking dog.

Lunging is a good thing for obedience and for the dog-human relationship. Here you need pylons and a long rope for the circle.
Intelligence games for the cold season bring variety to your dog. 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 raincoat for your dog. Woolen scarves are suitable for dogs to protect against colds.

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