Hailing from the Balaeric island of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Spain, the Ibizan Hound is an elegant, sleek-coated companion dog that began as a powerful hunter renowned for its infallible ability as a rabbit courser. Keen eyesight and equally perceptive hearing afford this lithe, fleet-footed sighthound superb hunting and coursing abilities. The breed's unique deerlike appearance is accomplished by its clean-cut lines; its large, mobile ears; its obliquely set, amber eyes; and its long, slender neck. Written by sighthound specialist Juliette Cunliffe, this Comprehensive Owner's Guide presents an authoritative and entertaining look at the breed's origins in Europe and the United States. The chapter on the breed's characteristics well describes this sensitive companion that is even tempered and well tuned to his owner's moods and feelings. Additional information is provided on the breed's physical characteristics as well as breed-specific health concerns of interest to all potential owners of an Ibizan Hound.
New owners will welcome the well-prepared chapter on finding a reputable breeder and selecting a healthy, sound puppy. Chapters on puppy-proofing the home and yard, purchasing the right supplies for the puppy as well as house-training, feeding, and grooming are illustrated with photographs of handsome adults and puppies. In all, there are over 135 full-color photographs in this useful and reliable volume. The author's advice on obedience training will help the reader better mold and train into the most well-mannered dog in the neighborhood. The extensive and lavishly illustrated chapter on healthcare provides up-to-date detailed information on selecting a qualified veterinarian, vaccinations, preventing and dealing with parasites, infectious diseases, and more. Sidebars throughout the text offer helpful hints, covering topics as diverse as historical dogs, breeders, or kennels, toxic plants, first aid, crate training, carsickness, fussy eaters, and parasite control. Fully indexed.