The Dalmatian is a distinctive medium-sized dog breed known for having a white coat with black or brown spots. The dogs are eye-catching and affectionate with several unique characteristics.
If you’ve been thinking about bringing one of these playful, intelligent dogs into your home, here is what you need to know about this fascinating breed.
Dalmatians’ sleek build, regal carriage, and intelligence make them incredible hunters, firehouse dogs, and even circus performers.
According to the American Kennel Club Organization, “Surprisingly little is known about the origins of the Dalmatian, and, in fact, there is no evidence that the breed even originated in Dalmatia. What we do know is that spotted dogs looking very much like modern-day Dalmatians were described in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and Dalmatians appear in ancient Egyptian wall paintings, medieval letters, and Italian frescoes.”
Male and female adult Dalmatians generally stand between 19 and 33 inches tall, with the males larger than females. The average adult can weigh between 45 to 60 pounds. The dogs are occasionally confused with Great Danes, which can have similar coloring.
When the dogs are born, they are entirely white, and their spots begin to develop after about two weeks. Their ears are naturally floppy, and their overall grooming needs are low because their coat is short and flat.
Is a Dalmatian a good family dog?
Dalmatians have playful and sensitive qualities, which make them great family dogs. Proper care is necessary to ensure the dogs behave with children. This active and muscular breed can easily knock down children younger than six years.
The dogs love playing and being outdoors, so they make incredible hiking and backpacking companions. They require plenty of activity and action, which fits well with a large and active family. If they don’t have daily exercise, they could potentially become destructive. The dogs need more than 40 minutes of daily exercise.
Is a Dalmatian aggressive?
Too much confinement, poor breeding, and little mental stimulation can lead the dogs to become aggressive. Generally, a well-bred dog with the proper training will not be aggressive.
Their traits for independence and dominance, however, can make them a tough breed to train. Showing your dog absolute authority and consistency while training can save you a lot of trouble.
Socializing your dog from a young age can quickly acclimate them to respond well in public situations. This process will require patience, but having a well-trained dog can prevent a dog bite injury or an attack on a stranger.
Do Dalmatians have a lot of health problems?
If you’re thinking about adopting one of these beautiful spotted dogs, it’s essential to know that they are genetically prone to forming kidney and urinary stones. These stones can be especially dangerous for males because of their narrow urinary tract.
To avoid life-threatening urinary health issues and stones, your dog will need food to help limit that problem. The recommended daily amount of food intake on average is about 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Embrace, a pet insurance company, says Dalmatians are predisposed to genetic deafness. They’re also likely to develop ear infections, suffer from allergies, and experience cranial cruciate ligament tears.
Movie star good looks
When most of us see these dogs, we think about a firehouse dog or the star of Disney’s “101 Dalmatians.” The breed surges in popularity when a new movie releases, which results in over breeding and an increase in puppy mills seeking to profit off the newest fad. That’s expected to happen again this summer with the release of “Cruella.”
The dogs make incredible companions; they are generally well-behaved and make ideal family dogs. On average, the dogs live from 12 to 15 years. With help from a professional trainer, the dogs can grow up to be your best friend and live a happy life.
If you’re considering adopting one, be sure you check your local rescue groups or animal shelters. If you decide to buy, choose a reputable breeder.
Want to know more?
Check out these resources and clubs.
- Dalmatian Club Of America
- Heartland Dalmatian Club of Greater Kansas City
- Western Reserve Dalmatian Club of Ohio
- Dalmatian Club of Southern California
- Dalmatian Club of Northern California
- Chicagoland Dalmatian Club
- Dalmatian Club of Colorado
- Mid Florida Dalmatian Club
- Dalmatian Club of Greater Indianapolis – DCGI
- Dalmatian Organization of Tulsa
- Greater Pittsburgh Dalmatian Club in Pennsylvania
- Dalmatian Organization Houston
- Puget Sound Dalmatian Club
Alana Redmond is a graduate in Media and Business from the University of California San Diego. She is also a consumer safety writer for safer-america.com and an avid dog lover. Instagram: @its_lonnie