Ibizan Hound Puppies
If you’ve been looking for a dog to add to the family and have looked at Ibizan Hound puppies, you’re in luck! These dogs are awesome, and make for great companions.
However, as with any dog, you should do your research before adding one to the family. Here’s what you need to know.
Where To Get Ibizan Hound Puppies
You might be able to find an Ibizan Hound in a shelter or rescue, if you call around and are willing to wait. However, you might end up with a mixed breed or older dog, so adopting requires some flexibility! It’s hard to find a purebred puppy in shelters, because they’re highly desirable and get snapped up immediately. Coreythering…
Chances are, if you want an Ibizan Hound puppy to raise, you’ll be looking for a breeder.
There are two types of breeders: ethical, good breeders and unethical breeders, known as “backyard breeders”.
Ethical breeders will check the health of the parent dogs before ever letting them mate. They’ll DNA test them to ensure they’re purebred and make sure they have great temperaments. They’ll have waitlists to ensure all puppies are getting a home and keep you updated through the puppy’s life. The breeder will also be able to provide vet records for the puppy as well as papers.
Backyard breeders do none of this. They won’t socialize or health check their dogs, will ask to meet in a neutral location, and may sell their puppies cheap on Craigslist. It can be easy to be tempted, but you shouldn’t be, as it’ll cost you a lot later. The vet and training bills will make up for the cheap puppy!
These dogs are large, athletic, and lean, with a short red and white coat and pricked ears. They’re very elegant-looking and almost slightly resemble the better-known Greyhound.
These dogs are incredibly intelligent, but you should be prepared for their slightly stubborn streak. Although you should remain patient and only ever use positive reinforcement, it can take some patience to deal with! They love to please people with their almost-clownish antics but when they don’t want to do something, they will dig their heels in.
The main thing to be aware of is that this dog has a strong prey drive. They don’t do well with cats and other small animals so if you have a multi-pet household, they may not be the dog for you. They do well with children and other dogs, but should be socialized and trained from an early age to ensure they reach their full potential.
They’re prone to alarm-barking and make good watchdogs for this reason. Podenchos…
Ibizan Hound Puppies – Veterinary Needs
Although they have some genetic allergies, this breed is generally very healthy and doesn’t have hereditary diseases.
As with every other puppy, vets will give them shots when they’re young to protect them. This is usually a series of three or four that starts at around six to eight weeks old and protects against various nasty diseases and viruses that can be fatal. At sixteen to eighteen weeks, they can have their rabies shot (which is mandatory) and will be offered optional immunizations like bordetella, which you should take.
Afterward, a vet check-up once a year will keep them healthy. Your vet can also give them boosters at this time. You should keep up with monthly flea and heartworm prevention pills too.
Owners have strong opinions on which diet is best! Raw food or kibble?
If you choose to feed your dog kibble, the main thing you should remember is that grain-free food is linked to heart problems in dogs. It may sound healthy — and is marketed to sound so — but avoid it, as it’ll cause problems in the long run. Instead, pick high-quality food with all of the nutrients your dog needs.
Some owners choose to feed their dog raw food, which is also great when done right. Just make sure you do your research or use a subscription service with prepacked meals, because dogs need more than just meat to survive. They’re omnivores, so also need grains, fiber, etc. Podenchos…
This dog has relatively low-maintenance grooming needs due to the short coat. A weekly brush should be good enough to keep them in good condition.
Like every other dog, nail care, teeth, and ears are also important. Clean their ears and teeth regularly, and clip their nails when needed — usually every six to eight weeks.
You can use a Dremel or clippers for this, but make sure to provide lots of high-value treats every time you do it so they associate grooming with a good time — especially if they find it daunting. This is especially important with a Dremel, which has an intimidating noise.