The only spotted breed, the Dalmatian is alert and active, possessing great endurance, speed and intelligence. Their working and sporting heritage makes them suitable as both a family pet or performance animal, and they are often found in the show, obedience and agility rings, or galloping alongside a horse as a coach dog in "road trials." Their short coat is white with black or liver (brown) spots.
Considering a Dalmatian as a pet? Great, but first consider that Dals are more than beautiful, oversized plush toys. These are strong, active dogs with great stamina—a perfect companion for runners and hikers. The modern Dal is a friendlier fellow than his European ancestors, but some of the old guarding instinct remains—making him a sensible, dependable watchdog. Reserved and dignified, Dals can be aloof with strangers. Within their circle of preferred humans, however, Dals are smart, loyal, and loving housedogs.
Did You Know?
Dalmatian puppies are born without spots.
Dalmatians are famous for being the "Fire House Dog", and they are often featured in older ads and spots riding on fire engines.
The Dalmatian has frequently been found in bands of Romanies, and like its gypsy masters, it has been well-known but not located definitely in any one place.
Authoritative writers place the Dalmatian's first positive entry in Dalmatia, a region in the west of the former country of Yugoslavia, now Croatia, in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Dalmatian is also known as the English Coach Dog, the Carriage Dog, the Plum Pudding Dog, and the Spotted Dick.
The Dalmatian has served in many areas, including border sentinel in Dalmatia and Croatia, draft dog and shepherd, sporting dog, pack dog, performer, and above all, coach dog.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|White & Black||202|
|White & Liver Brown||280|
|White & Lemon||211|
|White & Orange||213|
|White Black & Tan||219|
|White, Liver & Tan||443|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|