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Dalmatian

dalmatian in snowThe Dalmatian is a high-spirited, friendly, affectionate and full of energy dog breed. They are great running partners and good with older children.

Here’s a fun fact, Dalmatians are actually born with all white fur. White puppies without spots. Their spots will develop at around 2 to 3 weeks of age.


Origin

Little is known of the origin of the Dalmatian. They have been living in Europe, Asia and Africa for centuries. Some people think they originated in Croatia. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recognized the Dalmatian dog breed in 1888.

During the 19th century, Dalmatians were used to run with carriages to protect the horses and remove any threats in the way of the carriage. They still love horses today.


Group

The Dalmatian dog breed is in the American Kennel Club’s non-sporting group. Being the only dog breed with spots, Dalmatians are easy to recognize.



Size

Dalmatians are large dogs that are about 20 to 24 inches to the shoulder and they weight about 45 to 60 pounds.


Color

Dalmatians have white fur with black or brown spots. Most people think they are only white with black spots, but there are Dalmatians that are white with brown spots.


Temperament

Dalmatians are very funny, loving and affectionate dogs, but they do not do well with small animals such as hamsters. They are friendly and are good with older children, but not small children due to their high-spirited nature.

They should not be left all day in a fenced in yard. Inside with their family is where they want to be. Daily human interaction makes them happy.


dalmatian with brown spotsEnergy

This is a dog with tons of energy and stamina who needs room to run and play. Dalmatians will enjoy running or jogging with you to release energy and they are good swimmers that enjoy playing in the water. Check out this hands free leash!

An agility course is a good choice to release physical and mental energy. Exercise your dog before having a training session to remove some of their physical energy so they can concentrate on training.

Destructive digging and chewing, and excessive barking can develop with a lack of exercise. Playing games like fetch and catch will heap them release pent up energy.


Health

About 10% of Dalmatians are born deaf, and they are prone to urinary stones. A special diet is needed to help prevent urinary stones from forming. Their lifespan is 10 to 12 years on average.


Shedding

With short hair that lays flat to the body, Dalmatians are light shedders all year round except twice a year when they become heavy shedders. Brush twice a week year round and daily in the Spring and Fall when they are shedding at a heavy rate.


Food

The Dalmatian dog breed lacks an enzyme that helps digest proteins. Therefore, you should not feed them foods that are high in protein, such as organ meats, wild game, scallops, some vegetables and beans.

Undigested proteins can form into small kidney or bladder stones. There some things you can do to help prevent stones from developing. Choose a diet with main ingredients like chicken, turkey, eggs, lamb, pork and beef such as a Wellness large breed food.

Many Dalmatians never develop these stones with a proper diet. Offer plenty of water to filter out the kidneys and the opportunity to relieve themselves outside. Talk to your veterinarian about feeding your Dalmatian to keep them healthy.


dalmatian with red collarTraining

Dalmatians are an intelligent breed that needs praise and rewards for positive behavior. They want to please their owners and they will if they know what you want. Consistency is essential. You should exercise your dog before beginning a training session..


Separation Anxiety

It’s not a good idea to leave a Dalmatian alone for long periods of time. To release energy and satisfy their need for human interaction, a dog walker would be a good idea.

Always exercise your Dalmatian before leaving them alone. Releasing their energy will make them tired and less likely to develop bad behaviors. The old saying is very true…A tired dog is a good dog!


Rescue

If you are thinking about adopting a Dalmatian, you can go to PetFinder and search for one in your area. Enter your location, Type is dog, Breed is Dalmatian, Age and Sex are optional. Then click Find Pets.

You can also go to Google and enter “Dalmatian rescue + location” in the search bar. For example, I live in Florida so I would enter, “Dalmatian rescue + Florida”. You can also use your zip code to search.


Dalmatians are great dogs for high energy people and families, as they love to be with their people and they have lots of energy. They will be happy running or jogging with you for as far as you want to go.


What do you think about the Dalmatian dog breed? The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.

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2 Comments

  1. A wonderful breed of dog. Surprisingly I saw very little of them while growing up. Fortunately, my uncle was Chief of the fire department, and being totally cliche, they had a Dalmatian as their mascot! Loved that dog like crazy!

    • Alice

      February 14, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      I like that the fire department had a Dalmatian mascot! I didn’t see many Dalmatians growing up either, but the ones I did see were great dogs.

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