Showsight Presents The Ibizan Hound

“IBIZAN EARS ARE CERTAINLY A DISTINCTIVE FEATURE.”

elbow in depth, is therefore set behind the elbow. At the elbow, the chest is rising to the prominent sternum and is 2 ½ inches above the elbow. Th is front produces our special front movement, described in our current standard as “with joint flexion”. What we want is to see the wrist joint flex with each reaching step in the front. Th is has also been described as “lift”. “Joint flexion” and a “rather upright upper arm” are not an excuse for lack or reach or unsoundness. Th ey help our breed trot and gallop high, an adaptation to hunting in high brush and rough terrain. Ibizan’s still get good reach in front, they just do it with joint flexion. Ibizan ears are certainly a distinctive feature. Our old standard described the ears as an “elongated rhomboid truncated at ⅓ of its longer diagonal”. Th at was a little too geometric but it did describe an ear which is more than simply “large and pointed”. Th at is what we want in ear shape

rather than just triangular. One good description is that the ear should be wide open. Our standard asks for ear height 2 ½ times the width at the base. Th ose are some big ears. We want that! We don’t want judges to make the com- petition into a test of who can hold their ears up the longest. See them once, at the end of the down & back, or as I do in the first line-up, and then judge Ibizans by their overall type and their function as the powerful hunter they are. Also please remember our described size range: 23 ½ to 27 ½ inches for dogs, bitches 22 ½ to 26 inches. 80% or more of our current exhib- its are near or over the top of these mea- surements. While sizes just over the norms are OK, be sure not to fault what may be the only properly sized dog in your ring, the smaller one. Most of our Standard is excellent in its descriptions. It emphasizes that we have 2 coat types, smooth and wire (one to

3 inches in length) and that neither is preferable, also that any combination of red and white in the coat is equally desired. Th e Ibizan head, described in the standard as “a sharp cone truncated at its base” adds to the elegance of the breed. Th is description is in contrast to the Pha- raoh Hound head with “the foreface rep- resenting a blunt wedge”. When examining the Ibizan (or any sighthound) always approach from the front with your hand underneath the dogs head. Coming down from the top will cause any sighthound to lean back. See the erect ears and evaluate expres- sion at least once during the dog’s time in the ring. Strength and balance are part of characteristic Ibizan movement along with joint flexion. Emphasize those aspects of the breed which character- ize our unique, elegant, powerful hunt- ing hound, bred with function being of prime importance.

“See the erect ears and evaluate expression at least once during the dog’s time in the ring. STRENGTH AND BALANCE ARE PART OF CHARACTERISTIC IBIZAN MOVEMENT ALONG WITH JOINT FLEXION.”

188 • S HOW S IGHT M AGAZINE , M AY 2014

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