The Dalmatian is a well-known dog breed, famous for its white coat with black and/or brown spots, though they can also be lemon, dark blue, tricolored, brindled, solid white or sable. Dalmatian puppies are born without spots, but they develop weeks later.
The Dalmatian is a large, strong and muscular dog whose teeth meet in a scissors bite and whose ears are set high, hanging down and gradually taper to a rounded tip. Best known as the star of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, this sleek and athletic breed has a history that goes back several hundred years. Historically used as a carriage dog, but has also served in many other capacities, including hunter and firehouse dog.
- Eager and playful companion; however, should be exercised in a secure area because the Dalmatian is known to roam and is capable of running for miles at a time before getting tired.
- The Dalmatian is most suitable for owners who can give it attention and time for exercise as they’re capable of great endurance and a fair amount of speed.
- Dalmatians may be too lively and active for very young children. Within their preferred circle of humans, they are smart, loyal and loving house dogs.
- Dalmatians are good around horses and other pets, but usually reserved and/or aloof towards people they do not know.
Clubs, Registries & Associations
(Based on breed recognition. See store for details on a particular puppy.)
- American Canine Association
- Continental Kennel Club
- Universal Kennel Club International
- American Kennel Club
- American Canine Association Inc.
- America’s Pet Registry, Inc.
- American Canine Registry
Group: Companion Dog (Non-sporting)
Average Weight: 48-55 lbs
Personality Traits: Intelligent, outgoing, athletic
Country of Origin: Unknown, though a very old breed, having come through many centuries virtually unchanged.
Coat: Short with fine dense hairs