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 a 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. Dalmatian puppies are born all white and begin to develop their spots by ten to fourteen days.
Type: Companion Dog
Height: 22 - 24 inches
Weight: 50 - 55 lbs.
Colors: Pure white with black or liver brown spots.
Coat: Short, fine, dense and close.
Temperament: Dalmatians are alert, energetic, athletic.
With Children: They may be too excitable for small children they do best if raised with them.
With Pets: Can be unpredictable with other dogs.
Guard-dog: Medium - High
Care and Exercise: Rub down the coat several times a week. Dalmatians are an active breed and exercise is essential.
Training: Training must begin early and must never be overbearing or rushed. Puppies need to be taught to be quiet and not shy away from strangers.
Learning Rate: High, Obedience - High, Problem Solving - High
Activity: Indoors - High, Outdoors - High
Living Environment: Needs a predictable, stable environment.
Health Issues: Prone to inherited deafness. Urinary stones and skin allergies.
Life Span: 11 - 13 years
Litter Size: 8 - 10
Country of Origin: Former Yugoslavia
History: The name is taken from Dalmatia, part of the former Yugoslavia. Coming from Dalmatia, a region on the Adriatic Sea north of Albania. It was in Britain that the Dalmatians became well established as a dog of the British aristocracy, running alongside their horse-drawn carriages. They have been used as a watchdog, draft dog, shepherd, ratter, bird dog, trail hound, retriever, circus and stage performer and of course as a firehouse mascot. Their registration doubled following the 1959 film "101 Dalmatians."
First Registered by the AKC: 1888
AKC Group: Non-Sporting Group
Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 6), KC (GB), UKC