About Dalmation : Dalmation dogs are sometimes just called the “black and white spotted dog.” The distinctive black and white spots of the dalmation are unique to this breed: no other purebreed dog has the distinctive Dalmation spots. It is believed that the Dalmation dog gets its name from Dalmatia, a province in Croatia, where the breed is thought to have originated. Dalmations are one of the oldest purebreds in the world.
Dalmation dogs have quite a regal history. They used to accompany coaches in the olden days. Their spots made them really stand out and they truly made a great royal coach dog. They have a very durable and flexible physique, so were perfect to accompany the coaches.
Dalmation puppies are born with completely white fur. They begin developing their spots when they’re about a week old, and the spots develop rapidly during the first few weeks of life. Dalmations continue developing spots throughout their life, although the rate of development slows down as they age. Most dalmations have black spots on a white coat, although liver-colored spots are also fairly common.
Appearance : Adult dalmations reach about 45 to 70 lbs. in weight when full grown, and stand about 19 to 24 inches tall. They have coats of short, fine fur, which they shed year-round. If you’re considering acquiring a Dalmation dog as a pet, you should be aware that Dalmations shed more than most short-haired dogs; cleaning up Dalmation fur is a continuing chore when you have Dalmations.
Grooming : The grooming requirements for the Dalmatian are not overly high, and regular brushing will help to get rid of dead hair and keep the coat looking good. The Dalmatian is a medium shedder, and tends to shed all year round, which means that he is not the ideal dog for those with allergies.
Health Problems and Life Expectancy : The life expectancy of the Dalmatian is around 11-14 years, and this breed has a range of health issues and disorders linked to it. This includes glaucoma, deafness, diabetes, gall stones, allergies, and seizures.
Temperament : The playful and happy Dalmatian was bred to run, and therefore has a lot of energy. Dalmatians are not good yard dogs because they love their families and can become very sad and even depressed without human companionship. They are very well known for their ability to remember for years any bad treatment they have suffered. Dalmatians love children and enjoy playing with them but they are a little too rambunctious for toddlers. Without proper socialization, the Dalmatian can be timid or aggressive; often, males do not like other males. The Dalmatian is an intelligent breed but needs consistent, firm training.