Showsight Presents The Ibizan Hound

4. Advice to a new breeder? Advice to a new judge of your breed? KC: Carefully study the Ibizan’s unique front assembly as it is so different that you have to pause to wrap your thoughts around it. The points that make the Ibizan’s front assembly absolutely correct is completely incorrect in every other breed. The Ibizan’s unique front assembly is required to leap and hunt properly as the breed has functioned for thousands of years. Striving for a conven- tional front assembly in the Ibizan Hound would be a tragedy and should be highly penalized. EL: To the breeder: Breed a strong functional athletic hunter, with our deer-like elegance. Focus on dual purpose dogs who function in the field and show Ibizan Hound type movement in the ring. The the judge: Look for and reward the typical Ibizan who looks like it could bring home the meat for your rabbit stew. Also help us retain size, within our standard. Giant Ibizans (more than two inches above Standard) are not correct. AM: Here are a few words of advice I give to anyone new to the sport of dogs. Don’t join Facebook groups thinking you will learn. Often the people posting on them have no basis for their information and are attention seeking. There are exceptions like training and rearing groups. If you truly want to learn hang out at the show, attend other events even if they don’t pertain to your breed, attend kennel club meetings, and read the great old books. Build a foundation of friends and mentors in many breeds. Stay all day at the dog show and go outside your comfort zone to talk to people. If people are negative or trash dogs/ breeding programs unfriend and walk away. Life is better without that negativity. Don’t let anyone bully you. For new judges of Ibizans, please learn how to approach them. They usually do best with someone with confi- dence in their approach and aren’t huge fans of having their heads handled from above. Any one of us on the judge’s education committee would be happy to show you if you ask. 5. Anything else you’d like to share—something you’ve learned as a breeder, exhibitor or judge or a par- ticular point you’d like to make KC: We (the parent club) have spent several years carefully composing an Illustrated Standard in a PowerPoint for- mat. Although it is intended for use in conjunction with a live presentation, I believe that anyone judging Ibizan Hounds (regular, provisional or candidate status) owes it to themselves and the exhibitors to have a look at: http:// ihcus.org/judges-education/jepresentation/ . Also, the Ibizan Hound is now offered in the AKC Canine College program which should be helpful for anyone looking to find unbiased quality education on this low-entry-list breed. Another consideration for judge candidates is that the parent club national show is generally held at Purina Farms in mid-September in cooperation with a handful of

other parent club nationals. IHCUS always offers parent club approved Judges Ed at our national with wide variety of quality hands-on opportunities. Our web site is robust and offers more information and contacts: www.IHCUS.org EL: The most unique aspect of Ibizans is our unique front, with a well laid back shoulder attached to a rather upright upper arm. That assembly is placed on a chest whose depth goes to or close to the elbow, though the deepest part is under the withers, behind the elbow. Some breeders misunderstand this and just produce shal- low chested dogs. That is wrong. The dogs need chest volume for lungs and heart which give them the ability to function. We don’t want the chest too deep because that would limit flexibility and turning ability. 6. And for a bit of humor, what’s the funniest thing that you ever experienced at a dog show? KC: Some 20 years ago, I traveled to a cluster of shows with just one of my Ibizan Hounds and two of my Basenjis to show. The shows were being held inside a retired airplane hangar. Arriving at the shows in the parking lot, I loaded the three hounds up on a rolling cart in appro- priately sized wire crates with the Ibizan on the bottom, and two wire crates on top for the Basenjis nice and tidy. Since Ibizans and Basenjis were showing in differ- ent rings, I planned to wheel to each ring separately to gather my armbands. While I was requesting my Basenji armband from the ring steward, my Ibizan discovered a new trick: She used her paw to slide the latch effec- tively releasing herself from her crate. It took me a full two seconds to realize what had occurred, but that was enough time for my Ibizan to exhibit what she was built to do: Leap. And leap she did, into the closest ring and then in just a couple of strides, cleared the opposite side of the ring into the next ring and then the next, and the next and the next ring unable to be caught by anyone. As soon as anyone reached for her she leaped into the next adjacent ring! As you can imagine, everyone who wasn’t panicked, was laughing hysterically. After my girl made her way around the ring configuration, we were finally able to catch her, and the dog show carried on. But I didn’t live that one down for years! EL: Not the funniest thing but related to Ibizans and their brother Podenco breeds: In Ibizan Hound education we point out that the Ibizan Hound is just one of the Poden- co breeds with a similar ancient history going back to the times of the Pharaohs. Then the Portuguese Podenco Pequeno and their active club gets their act together and gets into Miscellaneous and then Group competition first of the remaining crowd. So for the past five years we’ve been asked, “How is that little dog like an Ibizan?” I’m glad to see the Medio and Grande version coming along in AKC competition so that that question will be better answered!

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