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    Dalmatian |Croatia|

    Dalmatian |Croatia|

    The distinctive Dalmatian with its striking spotted coat pattern is an instantly recognizable breed. These elegant dogs combine a playful personality with great versatility and historically have been used in a range of roles including as hunters, ratters, farm dogs, watchdogs, circus performers, military dogs, firehouse dogs, carriage dogs, and of course as companions. They are intelligent and trainable, and love to be involved in any activity. They can occasionally be aggressive toward other dogs and are sometimes reserved with strangers.


    Spotted dogs appear in Ancient Egyptian art and in Italian Renaissance art. A letter written by sixteenth-century Serbian poet Jurij Dalmatin refers to two spotted Turkish dogs that he then bred—possibly Dalmatians! The dogs are, however, most associated with England and the United States. They were favored as coaching dogs from the sixteenth century onward in England, guarding the coaches and horses when they were unattended, and as a way to deter highwaymen. Dalmatians became known as English Coach Dogs, Plum Pudding Dogs, or Spotted Dicks. In the United States, the Dalmatian accompanied early fire trucks, running alongside them and clearing the way ahead. They became known as Firehouse Dogs, and in 1951 a Dalmatian named Sparky was designated the official mascot by the National Fire Protection Association. This dog’s popularity rocketed following the release of Disney’s 101 Dalmations in 1961, and it has remained a popular companion breed ever since.

    Dalmatian puppies are born white. Their spots develop when they are about two weeks old.

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    From Dogs Unleashed, Copyright by Tamsin Pickeral, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with Thunder Bay Press

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