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Although Dalmatians have been around for 600 years or so the Dalmatian only become prominent since the release of the popular Walt Disney’s animated film about a litter of Dalmatian puppies who are abducted and it’s up to the puppy’s parents to find them before they are used as a diabolical fashion statement. The movie, “101 Dalmatians” was released in 1961 and was based on the novel written by author Dodre Smith published in 1956.

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The exact time and location of the dog’s origin are unknown. However, because Dalmatians appear in an Italian wall painting dated about 1360 A.D. and because these spotted dogs were named after Dalmatia, an Adriatic coastal region and one may assume that they originated somewhere in this area. However, it wasn’t until 1780 when the name ‘Dalmatian’ was used in the English language.

The Dalmatian is amongst the most easily recognized dogs. For the most part they are born completely white and gradually having dark spots throughout the entire body. The spots are more likely to appear black or brown but can appear a blue-greyish or even a dark to pale yellow colour as well.

Their coat is short, fine and dense Although Dalmatians tend to shed a whole lot, frequent grooming can help control the shedding. Shedding may be a problem but not doggy odours since Dalmatians require minimal bathing. Even if Dalmatians shed a lot they are often recommended to people who are allergic to dogs because their fur doesn’t trigger symptoms the way most coated breeds do.

Dalmatians grow to 56–61cm (22–24ins) when mature and can weigh over 25kgs (55lbs). During the 17th to 19th centuries when the mode of travel was by horse or by carriage, the Dalmatians became a society dog and were trained to run alongside women’s carriages, through this they became known as Coach dogs or Ladies dogs. Actually, the term coaching is referring to how the Dalmatian will take up position just off the side and towards the rear of a horse and run with them. In fact, in Great Britain, Dalmatians are still nicknamed “English coach dogs” and “plum pudding dogs.”

The Dalmatian is a very physical breed, with a strong, muscular body and able to run great distances without tiring. The Dalmatian also has what seems to be a natural calming effect on horses. This trait about the breed was seen very early on and soon the Dalmatian was identified with horses. Possibly horse mounted warriors or hunters first used the breed in their activities.

In the 1700’s, Dalmatians were used to protect horses that pulled English stagecoaches. Typically two Dalmatians would run next to the horses as they pulled the coach. When other dogs tried to run out and scare the horses, the Dalmatian team would chase them away. Over the years, Dalmatians formed a close bond with horses.

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The Dalmatian became the horses pet as it were, to help keep them calm. There are many reports and stories of seeing a fire team rushing to the scene of a call, with a Dalmatian or two running between the horse teams. Once on the scene of the call, the Dalmatian took over as guard dog, insuring that nothing was stolen from the apparatus. The Dalmatian is a very loyal breed to its owners and an admirable foe when challenged.

Because of the dog/horse bond, the Dalmatian easily adapted to the firehouse in the days of horse-drawn fire wagons. Since every firehouse had a set of fast horses to pull the pumper, it became common for each group of fire-fighters to keep a Dalmatian in the firehouse to guard the firehouse and horses. When the alarm came in, the Dalmatian led the way for the horse-drawn pumper. In this way, the Dalmatian became the fire-fighters companion and a symbol of the fire service. Today, Dalmatians are still found in many firehouses in England, Canada and the United States.

Dalmatians are excellent hunters of rats and other pests and were used specifically for this purpose in stables and firehouses in London.

Because of this loyalty, the Dalmatian continued in the Fire Service once the horses were replaced with mechanical apparatus. Today, in many large cities, the Dalmatian is the guard dog of the fire truck while at the scene of fires and rescues. In its long history in the Fire Service, there are also reports of how the Dalmatian has rescued trapped fire-fighters or victims. Overall, the Dalmatian is a brave and valiant dog.

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They need plenty of outdoor exercise activities such as catch, running, walking, etc, etc, etc. Dalmatians have plenty of energy and can be very destructive and can start to display a wide range of bad behaviours if they cannot release this energy. But on the brighter side, they can make great play mates with active children and adults.

The life expectancy of a Dalmatian is 10–12 years.

Dalmatians are often good swimmers and they love to play in water.

The breed gets its name from the Croatian province of Dalmatia where many believe the Dalmatian got its start, although there has been no concrete evidence to support this.

The Dalmatian made its first appearance in a dog show in Great Britain in 1860 but didn’t appear in American shows until the 1920’s.

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Engravings portraying what appears to be Dalmatians alongside chariots have been discovered in Egyptian tombs.

This breed was mentioned in letters by a poet named Jurij Dalmatin which was written in the mid 1500’s.

Dalmatians are known to choose one family member as their own while virtually ignoring everyone else in the household.

Dalmatians often curl their lips in a way that resembles a human smile. Some owners insist that their dogs do this when they think they may be in trouble.

Dalmatians are the only animals that can develop gout, a disease commonly found in humans which causes swelling in the joints.

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Dalmatians typically hate being left alone and are much happier when hanging out with the family.

Although Dalmatians have a reputation for being fun and playful they can also make excellent guard dogs.

Deafness is a relatively common health problem for Dalmatians and some owners claim to use sign language to train dogs with this condition. Thirty percent of all Dalmatians are deaf in one or both ears.

Today you can find just about anything with the unique Dalmatian paw prints, from beautiful and adorable bedding sheets to funky clothes and accessories.

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