Dalmatian: Your Complete Guide To A Strikingly Beautiful Breed
by John M. Krieger, Ph.D., DVM (Veterinary Science)
The Dalmatian is one of the most popular breeds in America today, with approximately 6 million registered dogs in the United States alone! There are many reasons why so many people love these beautiful animals; they’re loyal, affectionate and playful. They make wonderful companions for children and adults alike. But there’s another reason why so many people have become interested in owning a Dalmatian: their striking beauty.
Dalmatians come in all colors and sizes, but the standard color is white with black markings. Their coats range from silky smooth to thick and coarse, depending upon age, activity level and diet. Most are medium sized dogs weighing between 25–35 pounds at maturity, though some are larger than 40 pounds! All Dalmatians are born with their distinctive coat pattern, which develops over time. Some Dalmatians develop no visible signs of this pattern until adulthood or even later.
Others may begin showing signs of it during puppyhood, before reaching full maturity.
In general, the darker the coat color, the longer it takes for them to grow out of it completely. However, lighter colored dogs tend to reach full adult size much faster than dark ones do. They all get their daily exercise requirements and most of them eat just about anything that you put in front of them. As long as they are well socialized and trained during the earlier stages of their lives, they make wonderful companions. Take a look at those adorable eyes and floppy ears!
Once you own one, you’ll be hooked for life. Just don’t forget to give them your love and attention every day, or they will make you pay for it!
Although they are popularly thought to be a mix of the Irish Water Spaniel and the Greyhound, there is some disagreement as to the true origin of the Dalmatian. Some say that they are actually the result of a cross between the English Coach Dog and the Bloodhound. Others believe that they are only a color variation of the English Pointer. In fact, it is completely possible (even likely) that all three of these breeds may have contributed to the Dalmatian gene pool.
The word “dalmatian” was first used to describe these dogs in 1791, and they were brought to England in 1800 by William Antonio Mountstephen Ponsonby, the 4th Earl of Bessborough. It was not until 1868 that they arrived in North America. They were used as coach dogs in England, which is how they got their name.
These dogs became widely used by the fire departments throughout America since they have a natural tendency to run fast and love to run. They also make great family pets, as long as they get enough exercise. A well cared for Dalmatian can live between 10-14 years.
Dalmatians are intelligent and eager to please, which makes them very trainable. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, you’ll reap the benefits of having an incredibly loyal, loving and happy dog. They are very clean dogs that rarely get sick and are always ready to play. They love to run and will run all day if you let them.
Dalmatians are relatively easy to groom. Although they do shed, their short hair means that it isn’t a big problem. A weekly combing should be sufficient.
Dalmatian Children and Other Pets
Dalmatians are very child friendly. They love children and are very patient with them. They are also very good with other dogs and other pets.
If you’re looking for a fun, happy pet that is great around children and other animals, then a Dalmatian may be the breed for you. They are high energy dogs that need plenty of exercise and stimulation on a daily basis – but it’s all worth it when they curl up on your lap and snooze.
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