The Dalmatian is known for its penchant for horses, which made it the original and only coaching dog. The breed has also served as a dog of war, guard dog, retriever, ratter and shepherd. The Dalmatian arrived in the US around the turn of the 20th century and one worked closely with teams of firefighters. The breed is often still seen as a firehouse mascot.
About the Breed:
Dalmatians have smooth white coats with distinct black or brown spots. The breed requires little more than basic grooming, but is a relatively high shedder. Regular brushing will help minimize shedding.
The Dalmatian is known for it's ready-and-willing attitude and seemingly endless energy. These dogs are quite smart, despite what some may think - their extreme energy levels makes them appear goofy at times. The breed may also have a tendency for excessive barking. Overall, proper obedience training is absolutely essential for this dog. The Dalmatian is typically very clever and eager to learn if you are diligent and can keep his attention.
Dalmatians are very agile, athletic, and versatile. In order to keep this dog in good shape (physical and mental), Dalmatians needs tons of exercise and plenty of activities. Otherwise, they are prone to weight gain.
Dalmatians were made extremely popular by Disney's 101 Dalmatians films and programs, especially for families with children. Ironically, the breed is not ideal for smaller kids - though proper training and socialization can make all the difference. Dalmatians can make excellent companions for the right household. This affectionate dog breed that bonds closely with its human companions and can make a lovely companion for the active individual or family.
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