Showsight Presents The Ibizan Hound

ibi֍an ;ound Q&A


muscling on the Ibizan backskull. And please don’t get fooled into thinking one need to have ear contests and that the ears must be at full alert the entire time a dog is in the ring. All a judge should need is a glimpse to know the ears are able to be held erect without tipping or creasing. EL: Self pigmented with eyes ranging from clear amber to caramel contributes to our dog’s unique expression. Dogs with bright yellow or even greenish eyes are unappeal- ing, those are not on the color continuum we desire. Ibizan eyes get darker with age, but any color within the described range is equally good. NL: Ibizan Hounds are sweet and “wifty”. They are easily distracted and don’t miss a thing that is going on around them. A combination of sight, smell and hearing, all of which they use when hunting, can also cause sensory overload if they are in a building with echoes and dust and fans and barking. They are the original “Look! A but- terfly!” dog. Once when a tree fell through our fence and dogs all got out we found our older bitch in a field about a half mile away sitting staring up into a tree, not moving. She was hunting a squirrel and she knew if she didn’t give her position away the squirrel might accidentally get within reach. If she had continued to run, we might never have found her. RLM: This breed is a functional breed as well as an elegant and beautiful breed. It should be fit and muscular without any sign of coarseness. It is also an extremely intelligent breed with a wonderful sense of humor. The breed can be white or red or any combination of the two colors. White is listed first, therefore white Ibizan Hounds are perfectly acceptable. Wires and smooths are judged using the same standard with the only exception between the two being the coat. Judges shouldn’t put up a wire because it is the best wire they’ve ever seen, they should put one up because it is the best Ibizan Hound to fit the standard in the ring. GN: I have had the pleasure to actually hunt with the Ibizan Hounds on the island of Ibiza in 1974. Watching the hounds spring into the brush to flush and then course in three-dog packs will be something I will always remem- ber. One of the highlights of my judging was the honor of officiating at the Ibizan Hound Club of the United States National Specialty in 2012. The quality both in the

classes and in the specials will be something I will always remember with fondness.

7. And, for a bit of humor: what’s the funniest thing you’ve ever experienced at a dog show? HC: When I first got the breed, I was really into the whole idea of the balanced dog having a title at both ends. I wanted dogs that not only finished their AKC champion- ships, but were versatile in the field and obedience ring as well. My first Ibizan, Jim, didn’t agree with me. Oh, he finished his Championship easily (once we found points) and was a good courser, though really hard to catch afterward. But when it came to obedience, he had his own ideas. I had gotten him to the point I felt ready to try for his CD and entered him at a big Tulsa show. Jim did well on the on lead heeling and all, but on the off lead, but I noticed he was lagging behind. On the about turn, I turned just in time to see him stop and lift his leg against the wall of the ring, showing me just what he thought of the whole thing. Needless to say, we left in disgrace and I never tried to make him do it again. EL: As part of my Ibizan exam I ask the exhibitor to “Show me the ears” when they first line up in the ring. (That way I can get that part out of the way and evaluate the dogs for the important things.) I was doing this in a class with several dogs and the first in line dropped the lead, reached down with both hands and grabbed each ear by its end and held them up. I suggested that she try bait or a squeaky instead. NL: Having nothing to do with Ibizan Hounds, I will never forget Al Krause showing a baby pig to Judy Goodin in Best In Show. That was back in the old days when we were allowed to have fun. The piglet had a big bow around his neck and was incredibly cute, until he started screaming. He was excused for failure to gait. And screaming. RLM: Maybe not the funniest (that is for not for publication), but while judging I was watching a handler take her Afghan Hound around the ring when her wraparound skirt came undone and fell off. She took her dog to the end of the line, had him pose for me, then went back to retrieve her skirt and put it back on. Fortunately for her, she did have a slip on.

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