A few fun facts about this week’s featured breed.

The Dalmatian is immediately recognisable by their striking black-spotted coat, however the origin of this interesting colour pattern is still unknown. Once bred primarily as carriage dogs, their name stems from Dalmatia, which is a historical region located west of Croatia.

Dalmatians are full of energy and have great enthusiasm for running long distances. Training this animal to behave in the home takes great patience and long hours spent in a safe and large area outside, so if you’re interested in owning one it might be a better option to make sure your house and garden is already quite large. The Dalmatian tends to be a little aggressive towards other animals, especially strange canines, but is known to be gentle with other pets, such as cats and even horses.

Although this dog breed makes an excellent house pet, it is a little stubborn when it comes to training and there may be a few trust issues early on.  This animal may also be a little too intense and energetic for small children in the house.  However, as with any dog breed, with thorough training and adequate exercise, the Dalmatian can make an excellent family companion capable of lots of love and care.

Upkeep And Maintenance

Upkeep of this energetic dog breed takes a bit of an active lifestyle on the owner's part.  The Dalmatian will not be happy with just a few short walks during the day.  They need to be able to run long distances and roam around outdoors. In fact, Dalmatian's make wonderful jogging partners. Just be sure to keep them in a safe area when off leash.

These dogs enjoy the luxury of living indoors but are flexible and can also remain outside with adequate care.  It does not tolerate hot temperatures very well so if kept outside be sure to have plenty of cool shaded areas and soft bedding. Companionship should be a top priority when owning a Dalmatian, so do not keep them outside longer than necessary without company.

Health Information

A very common health issue with the Dalmatian is deafness. Minor concerns include hypothyroidism, allergies, iris sphincter dysplasia, and seizures.  There are occasional cases of CHD, but it is extremely rare.

Dalmatians tend to have long life spans, ranging between 12 and 15 years, and sometimes longer.  Veterinarians recommend that you have this dog breed specifically tested for eye problems, hip dysplasia, thyroid, and potential hearing loss issues.