It is an old breed that originated in ancient Egypt more than 5000 years ago. It seems to have been brought in the 8th century from Egypt to the Ibiza Island and to the eastern shore of Spain, where it was raised to hunt rabbits and other small animals, which were chased at a speed up to 64 km/h.
It is a medium to large-sized dog, slender, brawny, with a deerlike look. It is long rather than tall, it has a long head, flat between the ears with a long and conical muzzle and a big, brown nose that has the same colour as the fur. The eyes are small, almond-shaped, set apart and light hazel. The ears are big, triangular, erect and very mobile. The tail is long, tapered, bent at the tip and kept low. There are 2 varieties of fur: straight and wiry. The straight fur has short, shiny hair, close to the body, and the wiry one has longer hair, up to 7,5 cm, which is rough and wiry, also covering the head. The coat's color can be red, white or a combination of these 2 colours.
It is an active, dynamic, intelligent, jolly, sometimes stubborn dog. It is affectionate and devoted to its master and his family, loving and playful with children, but cautious with strangers. It gets along with other dogs, accepts the animals it was raised with since it was a pup, but those that run and are unknown to it are mistaken for prey.
This dog's fur needs a casual brushing with a rubber glove, to keep its shine.
It is a dog which adapts to any offered conditions, but feels best in a well fenced yard where it can move freely. It likes to run in the open, but its powerful hunting instinct should not be forgotten and in public spaces it should wear a leash. It needs socialization and training.
It is a relatively easy to train dog. With a firm, varied, consistent training, with a gentle and friendly approach, good results can be obtained.
It is an excellent hunting dog (hunts like a hound using sight, smell and hearing) but it is also a good companion.