Easily recognized by its white fur with black spots, the Dalmatian is a good guard dog and native protector. Called also Carriage Dog (transport dog), Dalmatian has a long history of accompanying his master in chariots, carriages and even fire trucks.
History and Origin
Dalmatian history is uncertain. Experts disagree on the country of origin of this breed. Dalmatia, a province of Yugoslavia and Austria once, claimed the origin of Dalmatian. However, France, India, Greece and several other states have done the same. Engravings from ancient Greece were a dog running behind a chariot which was entering a fight. Dalmatian accompanied transport diligence offering protection from bandit attacks. Midnight caught them sleeping near horses in stables and defending the owner property. Over time, Dalmatians were used as, fire fighter dogs, circus dogs, in search and rescue missions, as well as for hunting and retrieving. Recently, this stained “artist” gained popularity as one of Hollywood’s favorite breeds. American Kennel Club recognized the Dalmatian, for the first time in 1888, as members of non-sporting group (recreational). But the film 101 Dalmatians was the one who has awakened public interest in this dog. Today, it’s hard to see a Dalmatian and not think of Walt Disney!
The Dalmatian is a medium sized dog with a muscular body and smooth hair. His facial expressions express intelligence and loyalty. The breed has a short, dense and compact coat, well attached to the body. The spots are black or brown, round. They begin to appear around the age of 2 weeks. The forehead is wide. Ears are triangular and pendulous, reaching their peak by mid-cheek. Dalmatian has blue or brown eyes. Combinations of these colors are allowed. The nose should be the same color as the dots.
Height at the withers is 50-60 cm in males and females are of 50-55 cm and weight of both sexes standing at around 25 kg.
Dalmatian dog is active, full of energy, well known for its protective nature. Although not known as excessively barking dog, Dalmatian owners warn us about their voice when strangers approach them. The breed is generally eager to please you, although not very friendly with people you do not know and you do not trust.
Home and Family Relations
This race is really a pet for families. They get along with children and other pets, especially if raised with them small. This breed loves to move and to stay active, they love long walks or running. Some owners report that Dalmatians are very brave and like to explore.
The Dalmatian is an intelligent dog that learns quickly. They have been successfully trained to recover, rescue, doing tricks in circuses and as dog carriages. Dalmatians will provide excellent protection. They are considered easy to train.
Dalmatians shed. Their hair short, easy to spot on white clothing or furniture. Brush your Dalmatian once or twice a week; make sure the dead hair is removed. Dalmatians may have a skin “crusted” dandruff occurring during the winter months when humidity is low.
Dalmatian ears are very thin, with a poor blood supply compared to the body. For this reason, it can cause frostbite of the ears, if your pet is left outside too long in cold days.
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