• Sarah Murphy is a Breeder of Merit Gold, AKC Lure Coursing Breeder of the Year and AKC Lure Coursing Judge.

  • Abbaio has produced 90 AKC Champions.

  • Abbaio has produced 36 AKC Grand Champions.

  • Abbaio has produced 33 AKC Field Champions.

  • Abbaio has produced 32 AKC Dual Champions.

  • Abbaio has produced 37 CHIC Qualifying Health Tested Ibizans, more than any other breeding program!

  • Abbaio is an Italian word that means "I bark". It is pronounced ah-BYE-oh.

  • I have been owned and loved by Ibizans since 2002.

  • My first litter was born in Spring 2011.

  • Home of the first breeder-owner-handled AKC Best in Show winning Ibizan Hound (Iris).

  • Home of the first and only Ibizan Hound to achieve Grand Champion Platinum (Iris).

  • Home of the first Ibizan to win Best of Breed at the prestigious Morris & Essex Kennel Club. (Klementine)

  • Home to the 2011/2013 IHCUS National Specialty Field Trial BOB winner. (Elin)

  • Home to the 2017 & 2018 IHCUS National Specialty Best in Show winners. (Iris & Kendra)

  • Home to Westminster Best of Breed winners 2012/2014/2015/2018/2020.

  • The first Abbaio Ibizan to attain a title was on 10.30.11 (Frances - RN)

  • The first Abbaio Ibizan to attain a championship was on 11.20.11 (Magnolia)

  • About Abbaio Ibizan Hounds


    My name is Sarah Murphy, and I began showing dogs in 2001 when I was eleven years old. I bought my first Ibizan Hound in 2002 from Elaine Ferguson of Serqet. Over the years, I co-owned and showed several dogs with Elaine and others. In 2009, I met a bitch named Klementine whose dam was Harmony, a bitch I had owned with Elaine who was sold to the Browns of Serandida, and she set the course for Abbaio.

    At the age of 19, I began working as a professional handler's assistant which continued for five and a half years. During that time I attended about 150 dog shows per year. I learned so much while I worked for Margery Good and can never thank her enough for all of the knowledge she shared with me, not just about grooming and presentation, but about breeding and raising beautiful and healthy dogs.

    With the guidance of Susan St John Brown of Serandida, I leased Klementine in 2011 and my first litter was born on March 19. I chose the name Abbaio because of my background in the study of the Italian language. It literally means "I bark", and while my hounds are not exceptionally vocal, I thought it was a fitting name for a breed known for "hunting by tongue". That first litter produced 7 puppies, and while we unfortunately lost one at an early age, the remaining 6 have gone above and beyond with 5 American Champions, 1 Canadian Champion, 3 AKC Grand Champions, 1 Best in Field winning AKC Dual Champion and Lure COurser Excellent, 1 Canadian Dual Champion, 5 with lure coursing titles, 2 with agility titles and 1 with a rally title.

    Over the years, I have been fortunate to present some amazing Ibizan Hounds to the fancy. I have won Best of Breed at Westminster Kennel Club five times (Elin in 2012; Magnolia in 2014 & 2015; Iris in 2018; Mallory in 2020), Best of Breed at IHCUS National Specialty twice (Iris in 2017; Kendra in 2018), Best of Breed at AKC National Championship twice (Iris in 2017 & 2018), Group 3rd at AKC National Championship (Iris in 2018), Group 4th at National Dog Show (Mallory in 2019), several Select and Award of Excellence at AKC National Championship, multiple supported entry Bests of Breed, multiple Hound Group 1st, the first breeder-owner-handled Best in Show Ibizan in AKC history, the first Ibizan Hound in history to win an AKC Reserve Best in Show, Bests of Breed during the National Specialty and Beezerfest weekends, several National Dog Show Bests of Breed, and the first Ibizan Hound to win Best of Breed at the prestigious Morris & Essex Kennel Club (Klementine in 2010), the second (Magnolia in 2015) and most recently the third (Mallory in 2021).

    Outside of my handling, Abbaio Ibizan Hounds have excelled in dog shows around the world. In 2015, one of my homebred Ibizans, "Fora" was Junior World Winner at the World Dog Show in Milan, Italy and Junior European Winner at the European Dog Show in Oslo, Norway. In 2016, "Fancy" won a Best in Specialty Show in California, "Tiger Lily" won a Best in Show at a sighthound specialty in Denmark, "Fora" was World Winner at the World Dog Show in Moscow, Russia, and "Primo" won an NOHS Best in Show in Virginia. In 2019, "Henri" ended the year as #1 Ibizan Hound in Finland! In 2022, "The Zit" won Best of Breed at AKC Royal Canin National Championship!

    Abbaio Ibizans have also done very well in several other venues. "Elin" has won Best of Breed at the IHCUS National Specialty AKC Field Trial twice (2011 & 2013) as well as 7 all-breed Bests in Field. Her daughter, "Ivy", has 3 Bests in Field to her credit in just a few starts as well. "Stella" won her open stake at the 2014 IHCUS National and finished her field/dual championship with a Best in Field, then was Highest Scoring Dual Champion of all breeds at the 2017 AKC National Lure Coursing Championship as a veteran and Highest Scoring Ibizan in Trial at the 2018 IHCUS National Specialty Agility trial. "Audrey" recently became a third generation Best in Field winning dual champion. "Frances" became the youngest Ibizan Hound (at the time) to win a non-conformation title, which was a Rally Novice at the age of 7 months. She also acquired her Rally Advanced and 4 agility titles before the age of 2 years. I am also proud of four generations of Best in Field winners with "Elin" (foundation), her daughter "Ivy", "Ivy's" son "Goose" and his daughter "Faline".

    Dog shows and competitions are a passion of mine, but the life of a dog is mostly spent outside the ring. My dog spend their days at home decorating the couches and beds, tearing up the back yard and being amazing companions that I couldn't imagine living without.

    Personally, I enjoy giving back to the sport as much as I can. I have been a member of the Ibizan Hound Club of the United States in good standing since 2011 and served as editor of The Third Eye breed magazine from 2019-2022. I founded the IHCUS Junior Showmanship committee and served as the trophy chairman for the national specialty in 2014 and 2018. I am also a member of the Sunshine State Rhodesian Ridgeback Club where I serve as the field trial secretary for AKC Lure Coursing trials. In 2022 I was selected as the AKC Lure Coursing Breeder of the Year and in early 2023 I was granted my license to judge AKC Lure Coursing field trials.

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