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• High energy level
• Medium exercise needs
• Moderately playful
• Very Affectionate
• Friendly towards other dogs
• Friendly around other pets
• Friendly around strangers
• Moderately easy to train
• Great watchdogs
• Moderately protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat
• Low tolerance to cold


This tireless breed can run for miles, so it’s important that those contemplating the Dalmatian are prepared to exercise their pet hard every day, otherwise he may not be the ideal pet in the home.

His high energy and enthusiastic nature may not be suitable for families with young children, and deaf Dalmatians are not advised to be kept with children because of their tendency to snap.

He’s an alert and playful breed that is happiest in a family environment, although he can be aggressive towards strange dogs. The Dalmatian can be stubborn, but he makes a great watchdog and wonderful companion. His spotted coat is his main trademark and identifiable throughout the world.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family as opposed to living outdoors
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for are his hearing
  • Grooming needs include regular brushing as he sheds constantly
  • The Dalmatian is a very high energy and loving animal that can be fairly easily trained
  • Has a great relationship with family members, and make great watchdogs
  • The average size of a male is 40 to 60lbs and 19 to 23 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 40 to 60lbs and 19 to 23 inches tall

Care & Health:

The Dalmatian is a dog breed that will not be happy or make a good family pet if he doesn’t get regular daily hard exercise. He’s perfect for joggers. Although he can survive in cooler temperatures, but he needs a soft bed and is happier sleeping indoors with his family.

His coat requires regular brushing as he tends to shed constantly.

Major Health Concerns:

–deafness, urolithiasis

Minor Health Concerns:

–allergies, epilepsy and occasionally CHD, vWDTest for –none

Test for:

- hearing

Life Span:

– 12 to 14 years

Additional information:

– unable to metabolize uric acid, which results in urinary stones

Breed History:

Although the Dalmatian has been known for a wide variety of uses throughout history, he’s an excellent and the only dog to be used alongside coaches with horse-drawn carriages. His name is derived from Dalmatia, the western region of the former Yugoslavia.

Throughout history he has been a war dog, retriever, bird dog, fire house dog, circus performer and even trail hound. His coach-dog days in the Victorian era are what brought his popularity and job purpose to distinction, especially with his elegant posture and spotted appearance.

Once cars became the mode of transportation the Dalmatian lost his job as a coach hound but he still retained his position alongside horse-drawn fire trucks, and is the beginnings of his reputation as a fire dog.

Thanks to 101 Dalmatians he became a children’s favorite and is still a very popular breed today.

  • Family history is scenthound, pointer
  • Originally from Yugoslavia
  • First bred in ancient times
  • Original purpose was carriage dog
  • Today they are used for companion