"C'est un lévrier Podemco", she replied.
"Ah bon! Beau chien!" was my embarrassed reply.
A Podemco hound is also known as an Ibizan Hound. This is what they look like:
This breed originates in the
island of Eivissa, Catalan for Ibiza and has been traditionally
used in the Catalan-speaking areas of Spain
to hunt rabbits and other small game. The Ibizan Hound is a fast dog that can
hunt on all types of terrain, working by scent, sound and sight. Hunters run
these dogs in mostly female packs, with perhaps a male or two, as the female is
considered the better hunter! France
The breed is considered by most experts one of the most ancient dog breeds. It is believed it evolved from the tesem, the ancient Egyptian hunting dog. Representations of this dog on the walls of ancient tombs show a striking similarity to the modern Ibizan Hound. These dogs would have been brought to the
by the Phoenicians,
who founded settlements there as early as the 8th century BC. island