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Podenco Ibicenco, a dog with a "greyhound”Mainly used for hunting small animals such as rabbits and hares, not suitable for children. He does not hunt them, no, but he is not particularly inclined to live with them even though he is not dangerous. Aesthetically, for those who love the greyhound style, it is an animal with a beautiful appearance, muscular and slender. It comes from the islands of Spain and is classified as a breed belonging to the group of spitz type and primitive type dogs. It is also called Chien de garenne des Baléares.
Podenco Ibicenco: origins
Given the appearance, as mentioned, very much like a greyhound, the strong suspicion is that the Podenco Ibicenco draws its origins from those Greyhounds who arrived in our continent of Europe together with the Phoenicians who traded by sea throughout the Mediterranean. The history of this breed is very similar to that of our "Cirneco dell’Etna", Then the Podenco Ibicenco however, it ended up on the Balearic Islands, automatically taking the name of the island of Ibiza: "ibicenco".
As often happens with dogs, and animal species in general, which grow on islands, our friend has also remained almost always the same in appearance for several centuries. With the ability to choose between two varieties: wire-haired and short-haired.
Podenco Ibicenco: puppies
The puppies of Podenco Ibicenco they are already marked for hunting, so they are lively, awake, attentive to everything and with a body that already promises well. Quick and dry. From an early age the Podenco Ibicenco it has a greyhound appearance, shows a very slender and lean body and reaches a medium size as an adult. The male of this breed at the withers measures between 66 and 72 cm, the female between 60 and 67 cm. Not very small, of course, even if he specializes in small prey.
The physicist of the Podenco Ibicenco it is evidently toned, its sculpted and lean muscle masses immediately stand out. The trunk is very slender but well proportioned, the chest narrow and deep, the skull also follows the line and is flat, with a narrow, narrow and long forehead, also the head which has a conical shape and an unmarked stop. The truffle of Podenco Ibicenco it is not very voluminous but it is noticeable because of a liver or reddish color, the eyes are instead light amber, oblique and not particularly large. The ears emerge from the head, erect and always very mobile.
Like the trunk also the limbs of this dog are strong and dry, and also long as always those of the greyhounds. The tail is herringbone, obviously long and set rather low.
Podenco Ibicenco: cloak
The Podenco Ibicenco it can be both long-haired and short-haired. They are both varieties not very common in Italy with no particular prevalence in the world. In both cases, the hair appears resistant and shiny, never silky. As for the coat color that we can meet in dogs belonging to this breed, the ones allowed are mainly White and red together or one-color white and one-color red.
All other colors are to be excluded, if we follow the official standard, with the exception of fawn. This tint can only be accepted if it is a Podenco Ibicencoof exceptional stature.
Among the most common defects in the Podenco Ibicenco in addition to the colors that are unquestionably not allowed, we also find too large ears, insufficient musculature, short head, heavy bone, incorrect gait. Even a dog of this breed that has a fearful or timid character is not welcome at all.
Podenco Ibicenco: character
Considering how and where he grew up and his main occupation - hunting - it is trivial to say that the character of the Podenco Ibicenco it is rustic, "rough", rough. It is definitely not a living room dog, it is not recommended as an animal to keep in a house with children even if it is not aggressive. In the apartment he can be provided that his space is left and he is not forced to interact too much.
In fact, the specimens of this breed are 9 out of 10 reserved, a bit of confidence and affectionate "cuddly" manifestations only with the master can happen. But unexpectedly it is a docile and never violent dog, he does not take life head-on even if he is determined and tenacious: he is hunting, he could not be.
In his hunting activity he specializes in prey such as rabbit, partridge and hare, but is also sometimes used for large game. In general it is found to go hunting preferably in pack, usually made up of females only. Among the various hunting dogs the Podenco Ibicenco it stands out because it is very skilled in finding prey above all thanks to the sense of smell, very developed.
Podenco Ibicenco: farms
Among the farms of Podenco Ibicenco, in Italy the only accredited and reported by ENCI of its site is located in Emilia Romagna, it is called Tigidit. In addition to our Spanish friend, he also holds the breed ofAzawakh, is located in Canossa (RE) and on the dedicated official website you can find all the information and contacts for those who want a Podenco Ibicenco all to itself.
It would then be among the few who have one in Italy as this is an uncommon breed: ENCI speaks of a maximum of ten registered specimens, at least for what has been recorded in the last decade. For those who want to try a different way from breeding but equally safe, they can look for a Podenco Ibicenco addressing the various animal welfare organizations that deal with the adoption of Spanish greyhounds. For example GACI Greyhounds adoption Italy (www.adozionilevrieri.it).
Podenco Ibicenco: price
Before throwing yourself into the search for breeding and associations, it is good to know the average price of a specimen of this breed, also reflecting on how suitable it may be for our lifestyle and the house in which we live. It is a breed as well as rare even complicated to keep, not always comfortable for his motor needs and his privacy. As a guideline, the price could vary between 500 and 1000 euros but it is always better to contact the ENCI recognized kennel and ask directly, also to check the availability of puppies for us.
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