The Dalmatian Breed

The Dalmatian Breed

Who are we?

We are playful, cute and intelligent, We thrive on human companionship and need vigorous exercise to dispel our boundless energy. We are loyal to our family and love the little people.

We don't stink!

We have dryer skin than the other hounds around town and we are dirt proof. Throw mud on me and I’ll shake it off and still shine like a new shiny red firetruck, only white of course!

We're Famous!

We’ve been riding firetrucks for like, forever. They made movies about us, they make toys that look like us. Heck, I’m so cute, lovable and popular I can barely contain myself. 

Dal is Short for Dalmatian

Unique spots are the Dalmatian’s calling card, but what made him famous was running. His ability to tirelessly run for miles led to breeding him as a Coach Dog; the only dog known to have such a title. What is a coach dog? It is a breed of dog trained to run alongside carriages or horseback riders for miles. His job was to discourage stray dogs from interfering with the horses, alerting the coachman to the presence of approaching highway traffic, and guarding the carriage when parked. They were a dog of royalty or upper class, as they were the only one who could afford carriages and they usually traveled in pairs. Upon the invention of people and horse drawn fire apparatuses, the Dalmatian proved once again to be invaluable in clearing the way for the fire brigade. The Dalmatian has also been used for a war dog, fire department mascot, shepherd, vermin hunter, hound dog, guard dog and a circus performer, which is where he gets his clown like personality.

The Dalmatian gets its name from Dalmatia, in what is now Croatia located on the eastern coast of the Adriatic Sea. Development of the modern Dalmatian took place mainly in England. He has been used as a hunting dog and may be related to the English Pointer. The dog’s history goes way back possibly to the 13th century. But, its popularity began in Dalmatia. The American Kennel Club recognized the Dalmatian in 1888, and the Dalmatian Club of America was formed in 1905. The breed currently ranks 69th among the breeds registered by the AKC.

Dalmatians Need a Toy Box

Dalmatians are high energy dogs. They are clowns at heart and love to perform gorky antics. Toys and chew toys are a must to keep them entertained.

Dalmatians Need a Toy Box

Dalmatians are high energy dogs. They are clowns at heart and love to perform gorky antics. Toys and chew toys are a must to keep them entertained.

The Dalmatian Smile

The Dalmatian Smile

The Dalmatian smile is widely known among Dalmatian owners. People not familiar with this attribute may be wary of a dog showing its teeth. The Dalmatian smile is not a show of aggression. It can be a greeting, a sign of happiness or bashfulness when they’ve been up to no good. Here is a short slow-motion video of Zoey showing off her pearly whites.

The Dalmatian smile is widely known among Dalmatian owners. People not familiar with this attribute may be wary of a dog showing its teeth. The Dalmatian smile is not a show of aggression. It can be a greeting, a sign of happiness or bashfulness when they’ve been up to no good. Here is a short slow-motion video of Zoey showing off her pearly whites.

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