Breed Organization Dalmatian Club of America Website: http://www.thedca.org Native Country Central Mediterranean Basin Other Names Dalmatian, English Coach Dog, Dal, Dali, Carriage Dog, Plum Pudding Dog, Fire House Dog, Spotted Dick, Spotted Coach Dog Life Expectancy Approximately 10-12 Years Litter Size 8-10 Puppies Breed Group AKC Non-Sporting
Breed Appearance The Dalmatian is a very popular breed mainly because of their unique coat. Their fur coat is short, dense, hard coat that
is spotted of black, brown, lemon, dark blue, tricolor, brindled, solid white, or sable on a pure white coat.
Breed Description Head: Long. Flat skull. Well-pronounced stop. Muzzle long and powerful, not tapering. Powerful jaws. Tight-lipped. Ears: Set on high, medium-sized, carried against the head. Rounded tips. Thin, smooth, covered with coin-sized spots. Eyes: Medium-sized, well-spaced, round. Dark in the variety with medium-brown spots, ranging to amber in the variety
with liver spots. Body: Square build. Neck moderately long, well-arched, without dewlap. High, wide chest. Well-sprung ribs. Well-defined
withers. Well-muscled, slightly clean-flanked loin. Powerful, straight back. Tail: Thick at the base, tapering gradually to the tip. Carried curved loosely upward but never curled. Hair: Short, hard, dense, smooth. Coat: Pure white ground. Black variety has dark black coin-sized spots; brown variety has liver brown coin-sized spots. Spots
should not blend together but instead be round, well-defined, well-distributed, and 2 to 3 cm in diameter. Spots on the head,
tail, and extremities should be smaller. Size: Dog: 56 to 61 cm. (22-24 in).Bitch: 54 to 59 cm. (21-23 in). Weight: Dog: approx. 27 kg. (59.5 lb).Bitch: approx. 24 kg. (53 lb).
History The Dalmatian is believed to have originated in the Mediterranean region. He was named after Dalmatia either because it was
his birthplace or because he was used in this region during the Balkan war. The Dalmatian is thought to be descended from the
now extinct Bengal Pointer crossed with the Bull Terrier and the English Pointer. In the seventeenth century, the Dalmatian
was popular at the Vatican. In eighteenth-century England, he was kept by the aristocracy to escort horse-drawn carriages, thus
earning the nickname (coach dog). In the United States, the Dalmatian was adopted by firefighters as their mascot. Walt Disneys
movie "101 Dalmatians" (1961) helped popularize the breed.
Behavior Dalmatians are alert, energetic, and athletic. They are friendly, even-tempered, but wary with strangers. They need a stable environment. They
are very active, and a good watch dog. They are affectionate and energetic. They have an affinity for running and for horses and cars. A strong work drive, but can be
stubborn. They can be independent, but are eager. They may be too excitable and annoyed by small children, they do best if raised with them. Dalmatians can be unpredictable with
other dogs, aggressive with other males.
Health Dalmatians are relatively a healthy and easy to keep breed. Like other breeds, Dalmatians display a propensity towards certain health problems specific to their breed, such
as deafness, allergies and urinary stones. Reputable breeders have their puppies BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) tested to ensure the status of the hearing on their pups. Hip
dysplasia is not a major issue in this breed. In their late teens, both males and females may suffer bone spurs and arthritic conditions. Autoimmune thyroiditis may be a relatively common
condition for the breed.
Advice He can live in an apartment as long as he gets enough exercise. He needs regular brushing. Puppies are born all white; spots
appear gradually and are not fully developed until the dog is one year old.