Dalmatian Dog Breed Information

Dalmatian Quick Facts
Breed Group: Non-Sporting
Origen: Croatia (Dalmatia)
Nickname: Dal, Dally
Weight: 40-60 Lbs
Height: 19-23 Inches
Color(s): black or liver spots on white background; spots should be round, well defined, and preferably separated. Dalmatians are born white and develop spots

Dalmatian Appearance

The Dalmatian is a mid-sized, square proportion, muscular and distinctively spotted dog. They are elegant dog with excellent endurance and determination. He has a muscular build, intelligent; enthusiastic and alert expression. Its head looks like a pear shaped form above. The muzzle is about the same length as the top of the skull; he is symmetrical in outline.

The ears are medium size drop. The nose is large, broad and black. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The medium sized round eyes are either brown or blue or a combination of both. It has a deep chest and compact well arched feet. His tail is naturally long and carried in a slight upward curve.

The Dalmatian coat is short, fine, dense and predominantly white with clearly defined round spots. The spots can be black or brown (liver) which are the preferred colors in the show ring, but can also be, lemon, dark blue, tri colored, brindled, solid white, or sable. The weight of the Dalmatian is around 45-60 pounds, and the height is around 19-23 inches.

Dalmatian Temperament

The Dalmatian is an active, energetic dog; He could be trained to run for miles and preserve his tireless enthusiasm. The Dalmatian is playful and eager, it has an affinity for horses and run; He is exceedingly social and thrives on human companionship and attention.

They may be wary with strangers and stubborn sometimes but are generally good with other pets and friendly toward its friends and family. The Dalmatian is a protective dog, and this helps to make him quite an effective watchdog; they tend to bark when absolutely necessary.

Is Dalmatian the Right Dog Breed for You?

The Dalmatian needs a lot of regular exercise and attention; more than a short walk on leash. They may be too energetic for young children. He loves to run and may wander sometime. His needs could also be met with vigorous games and run.

The Dalmatian is not an ideal dog for apartment dwellers unless it can be taken out for a brisk walk or run several times a day, Although, they could live outside in moderate or warm climates, it needs a shelter, soft bedding, and a companionship. If they become lonely or bored they could turn into depressed and destructive; for that reason is best to allowed them to live in the house and play in the yard.

Dalmatian Life expectancy

The life expectancy of the Dalmatian is around 10-12 years.

Dalmatian Health problems

Dalmatians are a relatively healthy. The major concerns associated with this breed are urinary stones and deafness (about 10-12% are born deaf).

There are some other concerns such as skin allergies, epilepsy, hip dysplasia, iris sphincter, hypothyroidism and occasionally seen CHD (Canine hip dysplasia).

Dalmatian Care and Grooming

The Dalmatian coat need only minimal care but requires frequent brushing with a firm bristle brush to minimize loose hair. Extra attention should be given to the coat during the heavy shedding periods. This breed does not do well in intense weather conditions. Bathe them only when necessary using a gentle shampoo to protect their coat and skin.

Dalmatian Shedding

Dalmatians shed considerably, and shed year-round. The short, stiff hairs will find their way into outfits, upholstery and nearly any other kind of fabric. Therefore, Dalmatians are not well suited to allergy sufferers.