The Ibizan Hound’s Origins and History Source: Wikipedia. Country/Region of Origin: Ibiza, Spain Original purpose: hunting (sighthound) Name: also called Ibizan Podenco, Ibizan Warren Hound, and Podenco Ibiceno Historical notes: The breed was used to hunt rabbits and other small animals in Ibiza. The origins of this breed are now uncertain. For a long time, it was thought that the Ibizan Hound breed was one of the world's oldest dog breeds, originating in ancient Egypt. Today, DNA analysis conducted by Elaine Ostrander of the University of Washington reveals that the breed is much more recent. The Ibizan Hound dog breed was only bred to resemble the kind of ancient dogs seen painted on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs.