Dalmatian information

It seems that the Dalmatian breed was known during the reign of pharaohs as Egyptologists have found drawings of animals, looking similar to Dalmatians, on pharaohs tomb. It is in the 19th century that the Dalmatian breed became popular in England. Back then, Dalmatians were used as an escort by aristocrats. The dogs were trained as coach dogs and were used to walk next to horses.

In 1961, with the release of the movie 101 Dalmatians by Walt Disney, the popularity of the Dalmatian breed increased. As a result, some breeders did not select their dogs carefully before breeding and the breed suffered from all sort of disorders. Nowadays, responsible Dalmatian breeders select their dogs carefully before breeding: ensuring that the temperament of their dog is flawless and that they are not affected by genetic diseases.


Dalmatian characteristics

A Dalmatian measures between 20 to 24 inches and weighs between 23 to 25 kilos. The colour of the Dalmatian's coat is usually white with black or liver spots.


Dalmatian temperament

When trained properly, Dalmatians can be good and faithful companions. They are very affectionate with their owners and enjoy taking part in their activities. They, instinctively, seem to know how to behave around young children and are generally very gentle.

At home, Dalmatians are good watch dogs and will notify their owners of strangers approaching the house.


Dalmatian training

Dalmatians tend to be dominant and, therefore, it is necessary to establish rules and boundaries from the day you bring your puppy home. As most hunting dogs, Dalmatians can be stubborn also they require a consistent training. Being extremely sensible, they need to be treated as fairly as possible by their owners. Harsh and though punishments would only alter the character of your dog, making him fearful of humans or/and aggressive.

On the contrary, rewarding wanted behaviour will build up the confidence of your dog and will help you gain his trust. Dalmatians are very greedy also they will learn faster when rewarded with a treat.

Socialization should also be part of the training of your Dalmatian. Some adult Dalmatians who did not have an early socialization with other dogs often become wary around them and can develop aggressive behaviour. Inexperienced owners should enlist their dogs in puppy classes for proper advices on obedience training and socialization.


Dalmatian food habits

On average, the Dalmatian eliminates ten times more acid uric than any other dog breed. As a result, they need a high quality aliment adapted to their needs. When fed with an improper aliment, kidney stones can form in their kidneys.

The dog breeder and the vet should be able to recommend you a suitable diet for your dog.


Dalmatian health

The average life expectancy of the Dalmatian varies between 12 to 14 years. There are a few disease which can affect the breed such as:

  • Deafness: due to the breeder's unawareness, Dalmatians with hearing deficiency have been bred for many years. As a result, we estimate that about a quarter of the Dalmatian population suffers from this condition. Nowadays, breeders should run some test on their dog to ensure their dogs are not affected by this condition.

  • Epilepsy

  • Hypothyroidism

  • Bladder stone


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