The breed also goes by other names such as Podenco Ibicenco, Ibizan Warren Hound, Ibizan Podenco or “Beezers“ (an affectionate term used by its breeders). It is believed to be an ancient breed, brought by sea traders to the island of Ibiza during 700 to 900 BC. The Ibizan Hound bears resemblance to the Pharaoh Hound but only larger. It weighs about 42 to 55 pounds and has a height of 22 to 29 inches. Its slender and fine boned body belies its strength and speed. It has a long and narrow head tapering to a long muzzle with a small stop. Its nose is rosy flesh in colour and the small eyes are a clear amber to caramel. It has ears that are large, erect and pointed. The neck is also long, slender, and slightly arched. In terms of coat varieties there are three recognized: smooth-haired, long-haired and wire-haired with the most common being the smooth-haired. Typical colours for the breed are white and red, white and tan, solid white or solid red.
This fast hunting hound is often used in the sport of lure coursing. They can hunt in both daylight and nighttime using their sight, their extreme speed and their ability to jump very high from a complete standstill. Easy to train and fairly obedient, it can participate in many types of dog sports. As a household pet, it is quiet, clean, playful but polite and good with children.