Sire: SP Ch. Melqart's Hunter - Dam:
Melqart's Barbara II
Spanish Import - Breeder: Martina Rabe
DOB: Dec 22, 2002 - Wire Coat - BAER & CERF Normal Pedigree
I am most happy to have “Sultan” from Martina
Rabe, accomplished huntswoman and long time Ibizan breeder.
Her “Melqart” Ibizans and their progeny are
well known in the show ring in Europe and the United
States and, more importantly, in Spain for their hunting
ability. Sultan was a lovely puppy as shown above at
11 weeks and one of those “together” from
the beginning, a sign of promise fulfilled as an adult.
He illustrates key characteristics of this breed: moderation
in structure and the steady temperament needed in a versatile,
Above: These photos attempt to show in a humorous
way Sultan being true to his origins. At right he brings
his prize to my back door.
Function is primary in Melqart dogs, used
and valued by hunters today for their structure and “hunting
intelligence”. They are used by hunters on horseback
or on foot with and without guns against a variety of
game including rabbit, deer, and assisting against wild
Importing dogs like Sultan from active hunting kennels
is a cornerstone of my breeding program, intended to
preserve the characteristics of function and instinct
which distinguish the Ibizan Hound as a specific breed.
See also “Fresca”, “Blaia",
and "Ferran" for
more such dogs. Function entails not only the correct
structure but also the temperament essential for a dog
to maintain the self control to locate, catch, and bring
to hand the rabbit intact and alive to the huntsman who
hunts in the purest, age old way, with the dog only and
without use of a gun.
Sultan has a handsome head often seen in the Melqart
males in particular. He has a delightful and gentle temperament
and while at ease in the house, prefers to be outside.
Above left: With siblings in Spain; Above right: Sultan
Above left: Coursing practice; Above right: Cooling
off in a crater he dug for himself.