The Ibizan Hound: The English Standard

England, 1997


General Appearance: Tall, narrow, finely built, large erect ears.

Characteristics: Agile, tireless, controlled hunter, retrieves to hand, has ability to jump great heights without take-off run.

Temperment: Reserved with strangers, not nervous or aggresive, dignified, intelligent and independent.

Head and Skull: Fine, long flat skull with prominent occipital bone. Stop not well defined, slightly convex of muzzle, length of which from eyes to tip of nose equals length from eyes to occiput. Nose flesh coloured, should protrude beyond teeth, jaws very strong and lean.

Eyes: Clear amber, expressive, almond shaped, not prominent, large or round.

Ears: Large, thin, stiff, highly mobile, erect when dog is alert, in a continuous line with the arch of the neck when viewed in profile; base set on level with eyes. Drop ears unacceptable.

Mouth: Perfectly even white teeth; scissor bite, i.e., upper teeth overlapping lower teeth and set square tot he jaws. Thin lips with no dewlap.

Neck: Very lean, long, muscular and slightly arched.

Forequarters: Rather steep, short shoulder blade, long straight legs, erect pasterns of good length.

Body: Level back sloping slightly from the pin bones of the rump. Long flat ribcage. Short coupled with well tucked-up waist, breast bone very prominent. Depth measured between bottom of ribcage and elbow 7-8 cms (2.5-3 inches).

Hindquarters: Long strong, straight and lean, no great angulation, long second thigh, turning neither in nor out.

Feet: Well arched toes, thick pads, light coloured claws. Front feet may turn slightly outwards. Dewclaws should not be removed in front. No hind dewclaws.

Tail: Long, thin, low set, reaching well below the hock; when passed between the legs and curled around the flank reaches spine; may be carried high when excited, but not curled within itself or low over back.

Gait/Movement: A suspended trot, which is a far reaching stride, with a slight hover before placing the foot to the ground.

Coat: Smooth or rough, always hard, close, dense. Longer under the tail and at the back of legs. Hunting scars should not be penalized.

Colour: White, chestnut or lion solid colour or any combination of these.

Size: In country of origin varies between 56 and 74 cms (22-29 inches) but balance is overriding factor.

Faults: Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.

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