Instantly recognisable owing to its spotted coat, the Dalmatian is a sleek, muscular breed of medium size, with a massive amount of stamina. Intelligent and devoted, it loves nothing better than to run and play with its master – often for hours – and is totally people orientated.
The Dalmatian’s affinity with horses is well documented. Developed as a coaching dog in 18th century England, it was earlier used for hunting and guarding in Dalmatia, Yugoslavia. Despite this, the Dalmatian is a friendly and non-aggressive breed which makes an ideal family pet. However, it can be a little boisterous for very young children and is best suited to an experienced dog owner.
Typical Dalmatian Facts:
Height: Dog 23 – 24 inches (58 – 61cm) Bitch 22 – 23 inches (56 -58 cm)
Weight: 35 to 70 pounds (16 to 32 kg)
Average Litter Size: 8, though up to 15 is not uncommon
Life Expectancy: 9 to 15 years
Good with Children: Yes, but best suited to children over the age of 6 years owing to its exuberant nature.
Kennel Club Classification: Utility breed
Colour of a Dalmatian
The only spotted breed of dog, the Dalmatian is instantly recognisable by its short, black or liver spotted coat. Other colours include blue, brindle, mosaic, yellow and tri-colour, though these are very rare.
Dalmatian puppies are pure white when first born, with most of their spots appearing within (more…)