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Description: The Dalmatian is a distinctively spotted dog; poised and alert; strong, muscular and active; free of shyness; intelligent in expression. They are capable of great endurance, combined with speed. A friendly, outgoing dog, they will make an excellent companion for anyone who has the time to exercise and train them. Dalmatians will bond very closely with their owner, more so than other breeds and will exhibit separation anxiety when left alone. They are wary of strangers, and males may be aggressive towards other males. Dalmatian puppies are born all white and begin to develop their spots by ten to fourteen days. This is evidence that the spots are actually genetic ticking, as with the Australian Cattle Dog and other breeds that have ticking. Dalmatians are eager, playful and energetic. Potential owners should be aware of the Dalmatians demand for exercise. They can be independent, stubborn and reserved toward strangers. Dalmatians have an affinity to horses, as they love to run beside them as their ancestors did when the British used horse-drawn carriages to pull royalty, and the Dalmatian would run alongside or ahead to clear the pathway through crowded areas. Dalmatians have been described to have a "Gentlemanly reserve."
Other Names: English Coach Dog, Carriage Dog, Plum Pudding Dog, Fire House Dog, Spotted Dick
Type: Companion Dog
19 - 24 inches.
Colors: Pure white
with black or liver brown spots scattered all over the body.
are alert, energetic, and athletic. They are friendly, even-tempered, but wary
with strangers. They need a stable environment. They are very active, and a
good watch dog. They have a "gentlemanly reserve." They are affectionate and
energetic. They have an affinity for running and for horses and cars. They have
a strong work drive, but can be stubborn. They can be independent, but are eager.
Dalmatians are very alert.
Care and Exercise:
Rub down the coat several times a week. Shedding is frequent. Dalmatians are
an active breed and exercise is essential. They should be walked or jogged daily,
and their endurance is high. Therefore, this breed would probably do best with
Activity: Indoors - High.
Outdoors - High. Dalmatians are very active.
Health Issues: Due to their pure white color at birth, they are prone to inherited deafness. This breed is the only breed susceptible to urinary stones. Other health concerns include skin allergies, epilepsy and hip dysplasia.
Life Span: 12 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
Former Yugoslavia, possibly India/Balkans
First Registered by the AKC:
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