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.
Watch-dog: High 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 Class: Non-Sporting Registries: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI (Group 6), KC (GB), UKC