The Dalmatian is the original coach dog and is well recognised for sprinting beside a carriage or riding erectly atop a fire engine. Dalmatians have the stamina to keep up with the pace and are both intelligent and robust.
This breed of highly intelligent dogs thrives in the care of a loving family, who will find them to be astute, dedicated, and caring companions.
The initial purpose of the Dalmatian breed was to guard horses and coaches, and the breed still possesses a natural tendency to keep watch. They make excellent running and hiking companions because they are energetic dogs who require daily activity.
Despite being a Non-Sporting breed, Dalmatians are athletic dogs with powerful hindquarters that effortlessly drive them forward. Of course, the Dalmatian’s distinctive, spotted coat is the most eye-catching feature.
10 to 13 years
The Dalmatian’s short, sleek coat always sticks out thanks to its white background and black or liver-colored patches.
Although Dalmatians do shed, weekly brushing and sporadic baths will help remove the dead hair and cut down on shedding.
Overall, Dalmatians are energetic, healthy dogs that need regular exercise to remain content (and out of trouble).
Responsive breeding helps to reduce the breed’s propensity for deafness. An additional problem are kidney stones.
Regarding the Dalmatian’s ancestry, there is some disagreement. On painted walls of Egyptian tombs, there are depictions of spotted dogs pulling chariots. We do know that the breed was associated with Dalmatia, a location in Central Europe on the Adriatic Sea, by the early 1800s.
The Dalmatian worked as a coach dog. It was his responsibility to follow horse-drawn carriages and keep an eye on them while they weren’t in use.
Dalmatians have carried out this duty throughout history, solidifying their place in everything from the caravans of the nomad Romani people to the opulent carriages of British nobility to the horse-drawn fire engines of the 1800s.
Even the legendary Budweiser Clydesdales can now be seen travelling with Dalmatians as they pass along parade routes.