Height: 19-24 inches
Weight: 45-65 lbs.
Life Span: 10-12 yrs.
Breed Group: Companion Dogs
Dalmatians are loving with their families, but because they can be very
stubborn, they must be socialized and begin obedience classes early. Most
dalmatians are aloof and wary of and/or territorial with strangers.
They get along with other dogs and most other small animals, though birds
and squirrels may look like dinner to them, so they must always be walked
on a leash and exercised in a secured area.
Dalmatians have a lot of energy and do best in the suburbs or country, where
they have room to run around.
The dalmatian's coat is short, dense, fine, sleek, glossy, and close-lying.
Coat color is pure white with black or liver spots.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
Dalmatians shed constantly and so should be brushed daily. They need vigorous
exercise and extensive training to avoid serious behavior problems.
Brought to England during the Crusades from the Arabic coastal area of Dalmatia,
the dalmatian is thought to have a hunting pointer in its background, but
British sportsmen discovered it was better at guarding its owner's horses,
carriages, and coach inhabitants than hunting. It is best known for its
work as a firehouse dog.
It is especially important to obtain a dalmatian from a reputable breeder
as many are poorly bred individuals. Dalmatians are not suitable for inexperienced
Breed-related health concerns: deafness, bladder stones, allergies.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club