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The Dalmatian Dog Breed

Updated on June 10, 2015
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What a handsome dog. No wonder they are so popular.
What a handsome dog. No wonder they are so popular. | Source

Everyone Loves a Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is easily known by its striking black-spotted pattern design. However, the origin of this interesting color pattern is still unknown. Its name however, stems from Dalmatia, which is a region located in western Croatia. This dog breed was recognized by the AKC back in the year 1888 and has remained popular ever since.

Dalmatians are full of energy and have great enthusiasm for running long distances. Training this animal to behave in the home takes great patience and long obedience training hours in a safe area outside, with plenty of room to run around. The Dalmatian tends to be a little aggressive towards other animals, especially strange canines, but is known to be gentle with other pets, such as cats and even horses.

Although this dog breed makes an excellent house pet, it is a little stubborn when it comes to training. This animal may also be a little too intense and energetic for small children in the house. However, as with any dog breed, with thorough training and adequate exercise, the Dalmatian can make an excellent family companion.

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What My Friends Say about Dalmations

  • squidoopets - Abbotsford, BC

    I used to babysit for a family owned by a very rambunctious Dalmation girl :)

    OzGirl LM

    I loved my Dal - he lived to be about 12 yrs old. I still miss him! We currently have two Australian shepherds and a chocolate Lab, but I hope to have another Dal sometime soon.

    TonyPayne - Southampton, UK

    I love Dalmatians, they are lovely dogs to look at.

    Tamara14 - Zagreb, Croatia, Europe

    I'm happy to see a page having some roots in Dalmatia. Dalmatia is a coastal region of my home country Croatia.

    RaintreeAnnie - UK

    Dalmations are so gorgeous! However, I am glad you rightly pointed out the energy/exercise requirements. They really do need lots of exercise and Yes companionship to keep them happy.. A stunning breed.

    MargoPArrowsmith

    I had two, now just one, but they are wonderful animals! Zoe is gone now and Leo is 14! A little arthritic, but doing good!

    ArtByLinda - Idaho

    Love those dal dots! Dalmatians are special to me, we used to have two of them, for 14 years.

Learn All about Dalmatians

The Official Book of the Dalmatian: Akc Rank 15
The Official Book of the Dalmatian: Akc Rank 15

The reviewers rave about this book and all that it covers. Essential for a family with a Dalmatian. Published by The Dalmatian Club of America so you know it's the authoritative guide on the breed.

 

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Dalmatians Are Fun Dogs

Dalmatian Puppies and Peanut Butter - FUN!

Life-Sized Plush Dalmatian for the Kids

Melissa & Doug Giant Dalmatian - Lifelike Stuffed Animal Dog (over 2 feet tall)
Melissa & Doug Giant Dalmatian - Lifelike Stuffed Animal Dog (over 2 feet tall)

Look at the size of this huggable dalmatian from Melissa and Doug. I count on them for a quality toy.

 

Upkeep And Maintenance

of Dalmatian Dogs

Upkeep of this energetic dog breed takes a bit of an active lifestyle on the owner's part. The Dalmatian will not be happy with just a few short walks during the day. He needs to be able to run long distances and roam around outdoors. In fact, Dalmatian's make wonderful jogging partners. Just be sure to keep him in a safe area when off leash.

These dogs need to have the luxury of living indoors but also have the flexibility of being able to run outside when necessary. It does not tolerate hot temperatures very well so if he is kept outside be sure to have plenty of cool shaded areas and soft bedding for him to relax in when necessary. Companionship should be a top priority when owning a Dalmatian, so do not keep him outside longer than necessary without company.

Dalmatian Playing in the Snow

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Dalmatian Health Information

Health Information

for Dalmatians

A very common health issue with the Dalmatian his deafness. Minor concerns include hypothyroidism, allergies, iris sphincter dysplasia, and seizures. There are occasional cases of CHD, but it is extremely rare.

Dalmatians tend to have long life spans, ranging between 12 and 15 years, and sometimes longer. Veterinarians recommend that you have this dog breed specifically tested for eye problems, hip dysplasia, thyroid, and potential hearing loss issues.

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      RinchenChodron 

      4 years ago

      Loved the dog playing in the snow video!

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      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I had always heard that Dalmatians have very high energy levels. They are beautiful animals.

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      Annamadagan 

      6 years ago

      I love dalmatians! Thanks for all the info.

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      kpcwriting 

      6 years ago

      I love Dalmatians - so beautiful and unique. Absolutely stunning.

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Very sweetly presented with plenty of tips on caring for this special breed. I love your dalmatian inspired borders, nice!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Dalmatians are such beautiful creatures and if I had the energy LOL I would love to include one in our family! - Kathy

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      Alisha Vargas 

      7 years ago from Reno, Nevada

      Wonderful lens. Dalmatians are beautiful dogs

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