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If you own an Ibizan Hound, you're part of an ancient tradition: the breed has been around since at least 3400 B.C. and hunted along side the Pharaohs. Fans of the breed love his deer-like grace and his gracious, sweet nature. They're also familiar with his athleticism, speed, and his remarkable ability to leap as high as six feet high — from a standstill. Here are 9 images that show off the grace and athleticism of the Ibizan Hound.

1. With his superb athletic skills, this Ibizan Hound can almost fly.


A photo posted by Kristiina (@kristiinatammik) on Feb 22, 2016 at 2:32am PST

2. Here's that famous leap in action — this hound makes it look so effortless.


A video posted by azahound (@flechaslife) on Mar 7, 2016 at 12:48pm PST

3. With their hound instincts and pure love of running, they excel at sports like lure coursing. This guy runs like the wind and may keep this vigor into his senior years.


A photo posted by Sara Dalzell (@rlrumbleman) on Aug 23, 2014 at 1:22pm PDT

4. Like most hounds, Ibizan Hounds are born to hunt.


A video posted by azahound (@flechaslife) on Feb 28, 2016 at 6:44am PST

5. Even when they're not moving, the exhibit a unique elegance and grace.


A photo posted by azahound (@flechaslife) on Mar 8, 2016 at 5:05am PST

6. At home, Ibizan Hounds are affectionate and sweet-tempered.


A photo posted by Kristiina (@kristiinatammik) on Feb 20, 2016 at 1:19pm PST


7. Even with their canine housemates.


A photo posted by Kristiina (@kristiinatammik) on Mar 10, 2016 at 6:06am PST


8. And as we mentioned, they're very polite.


A photo posted by Kristiina (@kristiinatammik) on Dec 15, 2015 at 11:50am PST


9. You probably noticed his distinctive ears. Did you know those ears are very mobile and can point sideways, forward or fold backward depending on his mood?


A photo posted by Sara Dalzell (@rlrumbleman) on Nov 6, 2014 at 8:05pm PST

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