The Dalmatian Dog

The Dalmatian dog is believed by most to originate from the Dalmatia region in the former country of Yugoslavia. There is debate over its origin and other theories exist although its exact origins are unsure. The Dalmatian is a dog that has had many roles in the past, most of which required a great deal of running. The modern Dalmatian dog retains that part of its heritage and requires far more exercise than most dogs. It is also one of the most recognized breeds because of its presence in many children's movies. Its movie connect has also made it one of the most popular breeds today. A note of caution: deafness is one of the more common faults of this breed, so if you are wanting to obtain one, make sure to approach only reputable breeders, preferrably ones who test puppies for hearing.

Origin The Balkans area in Europe ? - middle ages.
Original Use You name it, this dog has done it! Original uses include guard dog, hunter, retriever, bird dog, herding dog, cart puller courier, circus dog and more.
Use Today Mainly used as a companion
Temperament It is a happy dog that loves to run and play. It is happy, outgoing. It is very loving with its family. It is usually willing to please but can have a stubborn side.
Acceptance of: Other Dogs - Below average
Other Pets - Average
Strangers - Average
Children - Good with children with two exceptions. It is probably too energetic for young children. If it is deaf, it may be easily startled and snap not only at children but also adults.
Watchdog Ability Good
Guard dog Ability Average
Ease of Training Average
Living Conditions Can live outdoors in moderate climates, but does best when living indoors. It needs to get out everday to exercise.
Exercise The dalmatian needs lots and lots of exercise. Are you a marathon runner - good, take your dalmatian on your training runs and on your races! Ok, I'm only half kidding! The dalmatian does best with an hour or two of exercise everyday, more if you are willing. Without proper exercise, it can turn its energy into destructive behaviour.
Coat It has a short dense coat that is smooth and glossy.
Grooming Minimal grooming required
Colors Most are white with black spots, some are white with liver colored spots. Puppies are born white at birth and develop spots later.
Height and Weight Weight range is 50 to 55 pounds (22.7 to 30 kg) while the height range is 20 to 24 inches (50.8 to 61 cm). Variations may occur in individual animals.
Life Expectancy 12 to 14 years.
Group The AKC places the Dalmatian dog in the Non-Sporting group.

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