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Dalmatian Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Dalmatian so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginCroatia
Other Names
What other names does the Dalmatian have? The dog breed also known as...
Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Dalmatian recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting breed.
FCI Group
Is Dalmatian recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Dalmatian breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleKennel Club of Great BritainNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.Australian National Kennel CouncilContinental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubNew Zealand Kennel ClubUnited Kennel Club
Price
How much does the Dalmatian puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Dalmatian price:
$500-$600
If you choose to purchase the Dalmatian, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Dalmatian for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Dalmatian gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Dalmatian size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Dalmatian weigh? Dalmatian weight:
about 55 pounds (25 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Dalmatian? Dalmatian average weight:
about 55 pounds (25 kg)
Height
How tall is the Dalmatian? Dalmatian height:
Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Dalmatian average height:
Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm), Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Dalmatian have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Dalmatian's coat?
WhiteLiverBrownBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Dalmatian and how often?
Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Dalmatian is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Dalmatian dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Dal? Dalmatian shedding level:
Dalmatians are heavy shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Be prepared for the daily vacuum cleaning. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Dalmatian have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveFriendlyOutgoingSensitiveEnergeticIntelligentPlayful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Dalmatian? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Dalmatian dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Dalmatians are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Dalmatian is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Dalmatian sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Dalmatians don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Dalmatians are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Dal need? Dalmatian social needs:
Dalmatians need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Dalmatian dogs bark a lot? Why does my Dally bark?
Average: The Dalmatian barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Dalmatian good as a watchdog?
Dalmatians are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Dalmatian dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Dalmatians are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend his territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Dalmatian bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Dal? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Dalmatian? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Dalmatian do?
Dalmatians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Dalmatians need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Dalmatian to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Dalmatian roam?
Wanderlust potential of the Dalmatian is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Dalmatian have high prey drive?
Dalmatians have low to an average impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals.
Apartment Friendly
Is Dalmatian good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Dalmatians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Fighting Dog
Where Dalmatian dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Dalmatians are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Dalmatian dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Dalmatian and children:
Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Dalmatian dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Dalmatians are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Dalmatian good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Dalmatian dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Dalmatian can be a great choice.
Office Friendly
Are Dalmatians good office dogs? Do Dalmatians make good office friendly dogs? Can Dalmatians be office dogs?
No
Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Dalmatian dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Dal temperament with senior people? Are Dalmatian dogs good for elderly owners?
Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Dalmatian dogs get along with other pets? Are Dalmatian dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Dalmatians are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Dalmatian breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Dalmatians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Dalmatian be a service dog?
Yes
This breed makes good as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Dalmatian breed is a good choice for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Dalmatian be a therapy dog?
Yes
This breed makes a perfect therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Dalmatian breed is a good choice for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Dalmatian be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Dalmatian is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Dalmatian be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Dalmatian is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Dalmatian be a boat dog?
Not really
Dalmatian breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Dalmatian be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Dalmatian is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Dalmatian dogs have health problems?
Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Dalmatian breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Dalmatian breed? Health risks of Dalmatian:
AllergiesDeafnessHip DysplasiaIris Sphincter DysplasiaSkin AllergiesUrolithiasis
Life Expectancy
How long do Dalmatian dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Dalmatian be?
12-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Dalmatian breed hypoallergenic?
No
Dalmatians don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Dalmatian have?
Dalmatians are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Dalmatian dogs require per day?
Dalmatians need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Dalmatians don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Dalmatian need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Dalmatian risk for obesity:
Average to High. If you don't pay attention to the Dalmatian's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Dalmatian's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Low
The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Dalmatian drool?
The Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Dalmatian could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Dalmatian. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Dalmatian pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Dalmatian pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Dalmatian: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Dalmatian have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Dalmatian have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6-9 puppies

Pros & Cons of Dalmatian

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Dalmatian's has great intelligence.
  • Health Issues: Dalmatians are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Grooming: Effortless: The Dalmatian requires minimal grooming.
  • Drooling tendency: The Dalmatian is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Stinkiness: The Dalmatian has a low chance of bad smell.
  • Mouthiness: Dalmatians have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Dalmatians adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Dalmatians are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Dalmatians are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Dalmatians are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Service Dog: This breed makes good as a service dog.
  • Therapy Dog: This breed makes a perfect therapy dog.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Dalmatians don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Dalmatians are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Shedding Level: Dalmatians are heavy shedders.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Average to High.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Wanderlust potential of the Dalmatian is strong enough to escape from home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Dalmatians tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Dalmatian is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Dalmatians are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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  • Ba

    Dec 22, 2019, 10:55:42 PM:

    I had one, love them ❤️