Showsight Presents The Ibizan Hound


United States. Additionally, I am generally very pleased with the quality of the class Ibizans as well.

Note that word, “possible.” It doesn’t mean they have to have one. It just let’s you know it’s possible. We aren’t Terriers and we don’t want people to treat our wire dogs as such. No sculpting or scissoring, please. Lastly, when it comes to the Ibizan weight—thin is in for this breed. We prefer our dogs to be in running condition, being able to go from the ring to the field to the backyard without missing a beat. Do not be too concerned if there are ribs showing on a dog but do check to make sure there is good muscle tone. EL: Judging Ibizans as a contest of which dog can hold its big ears up the longest does a disservice to the breed. Especially in the classes, judges should see the exhibits with their ears up at some point, but the dogs should be evaluated for body shape, strength and character of movement and athleticism. NL: I can’t tell you how many times I’ve coached judges after they judge the breed that it is supposed to have lift. RLM: I think a lot of new judges don’t understand correct Ibizan Hound movement. I think this may in part be because they don’t understand that the front assembly must look as it does from the side with a prominent breastbone, well laid back shoulders, a long, upright upper arm and the deepest point of the chest being behind the elbow not at the elbow. I think many new judges misunderstand judging wire coats also. GN: I think that sometimes judges have problems with the head of the Ibizan. The parent club judges education is excellent in training the eye for the correct head, expres- sion, ear, etc. Additionally, the Ibizan is a unique breed with a front that calls for a more upright upper arm. This translates to a canine that moves with more action in the elbow and pasterns that will allow for a balanced front and rear movement. This is different than other sight- hounds but correct for this sighthound. Judge the Ibizan Hound with generic sighthound movement expectations and the judge will get it wrong almost every time. 6. Is there anything else you’d like to share about the breed? Please elaborate. HC: When it comes to the Ibizan head, a lot of people seem to forget another one of the modifying points of our standard: the narrow brow. We look for a long, lean, fleshless head, tight lipped and extremely dry-fleshed. We don’t want thin pencil-shaped heads that are the same width from muzzle through backskull, but neither do we want pie-shaped fat heads. Calling for a narrow brow, which helps determine that the backskull is not much wider than the muzzle, helps determine that. The outside corner of the eye should be in a direct line with the base of the ear. The zygomatic arch runs smoothly and cleanly on that line. Often times, the more flare there is to that bone, the more muscling I see in backskulls, especially in mature males. Overall, there should be very little

5. What do you think new judges misunderstand about the breed? HC: I’ve had a lot of judges’ comment about the lack of conformity in the breed. Quit thinking that’s something we want—we value diversity in the Ibizan. There will often be uniformity within families, but Ibizans don’t all look alike, nor do we expect it of them. A case in point, several years ago, I was at one of our national specialties. There were four bitches out in the BOB competition. I looked down the line and thought to myself, ‘There is the show dog, the standard, the classic and the refined.’ Each was an outstanding specimen of the breed, but each was very different from the others not in type, but style. That can confuse judges who are used to breeds with less variation within the population. Another example of differences within the breed that judges don’t always understand is height. We call for a height between 23 ½ " to 27 ½ " for dogs and 22 ½ " to 26" for bitches. That’s a pretty wide range compared to most other breeds, but it’s because in different terrains, different dogs function better. In Spain, for instance, one farmer might have larger heftier dogs that can handle a harsher area while his neighbor prefers a smaller, more agile dog because of where he hunts. We value and preserve that quality. Don’t think a small dog isn’t as good as a big dog—size contributes to, but isn’t as important as, overall func- tionality. The biggest dog isn’t always the best, any more than the smaller dog is the worst. And don’t get too hung up on coat. In our breed, length is not as important as texture. Also, there are some nuances in our standard people seem to forget. In the section about coat, for example, it states, “Wire-haired can be from one to three inches in length with a possible generous moustache.” “JUDGE THE IBIZAN HOUND WITH GENERIC SIGHTHOUND MOVEMENT EXPECTATIONS AND THE JUDGE WILL GET IT WRONG ALMOST EVERY TIME.”

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