Ibizan hound ēbē´zŏn, ĭb´ə– [key], also called Ibizan Podenco, breed of tall, swift dog of ancient origin now found chiefly in the Balearic Islands and other areas of Spain. It stands from 22 to 28 in. (55.8–71.1 cm) high at the shoulder and weighs from 42 to 50 lb (19.1–22.7 kg). Its short coat is usually red with white markings, but it may also be solid red or white. It is generally believed that the Ibizan is a modern survivor of the ring-tailed, prick-eared greyhound of ancient Egypt, although similarities to both the afghan and the basenji suggest the possibility that the breed was originated by other people prior to its development in Egypt. Introduced into the United States in 1956, it is exhibited in the miscellaneous class at dog shows sanctioned by the American Kennel Club. See dog.
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