Dog Facts

Exercise Requirement:
Affection Level:
Moderately protective
Medium - large
Grooming Maintenance:
Temperature Preference:
Temperate - warm
Typical Lifespan:
12-14 years

About the Dalmatian Breed

The Dalmatian is a lithe, athletic dog with a good strong bone. It is square in proportion, and the effortless way its gait looks is coupled with a great endurance and tireless trot. This unerring stamina is what made the dog good as a coach dog in the Victorian times, keeping pace alongside coaches, warding off any stray dogs and looking after the horses. The distinctive coat of the Dalmatian helped to add a touch of style to the coach service, and helped to preserve the breed as a pet.

The coat is what makes the Dalmatian as famous and loved as it is, as well as the subject of children's films and books. With a white base, the Dalmatian is covered with a spread of black dots. These spots only develop over time, however, and Dalmatian puppies are born completely white. In show dogs, the dots or spots should be very distinctive and not blend. The hair of the coat is fairly short, and will need brushing only occasionally to remove dead hair.

It is unknown where the Dalmatian originated from, or what kinds of breeds it was created from. It is named for an area in Yugoslavia, but it didn't necessarily originate from there. The Dalmatian has the capacity to become aggressive towards strange dogs, but is especially good with horses. It may have too much energy for children however.

It has an enthusiasm to match its stamina, and must get daily exercise to keep it well behaved. A walk is unlikely to be sufficient, and needs a run or a long game. The Dalmatian makes a good jogging companion.

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