The Dalmatian is probably one of the most well known breeds in the world, those spots and the Disney film 101 Dalmation’s, have made this breed a worldwide hit.

They are loving, dependable and affectionate and if you are looking for an dog for agility classes or a running companion, this could be the breed for you.

They were originally bred as working dogs to run along carriages, this means this they need a lot of activity. This is not a breed for couch potatoes, you will need to be able to commit to long walks and endless games to keep them happy.  A bored dog will usually become a mischievous dog, whether it be nuisance barking, chewing or digging. Try to make sure they are occupied with jobs, playtime or plenty exercise to keep them out of trouble.

They are playful and affectionate family pets. They are not suitable for families with young children as they have their limits to being pulled around. With older children and those used to being around dogs, they will run around the garden playing endless games with them.

They are OK watchdogs will usually alert you to suspicious activities but aren’t known to be excessive barkers. They are a little un-trusting of strangers, so make sure you socialise them early to avoid this.

They should be fine with other dogs and cats if brought up with them. They may react to strange dogs and those of the same sex. They will usually chase the neighbourhood cats for a bit of fun. They are known for being fantastic with horses.

They are intelligent and fairly easy to train. They do know their own minds so it’s important to discover what their treat motivation is early on, to get the best results. They are sensitive dogs so do not train harshly or forcefully they will sulk or hide from you, keep training playful and fun.

They have short smooth hair but they shed constantly and a lot. You will want to brush them at least weekly, to combat the problem.

They have problems with urinary stones, so it’s important to make sure they go out for the toilet regularly. They are also prone to deafness, make sure this is checked before you adopt or buy one.

Dalmation Dog Stats

The picturesque spotting of the Dalmatian makes this breed among the most distinctive of dogs. Pups are born white and begin to acquire their black or liver spots at about two weeks old. Although a breed of ancient lineage, in Victorian times the Dalmatian gained a reputation as a carriage dog and ran with the horses, either out in front, beside or behind the carriages of the nobility.

  • Weight -32kg –42kg
  • Size – 56cm – 61cm
  • They live for 12-14 years

Best Trait – Playful

Worst Trait – Needs lots of excercise

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