The Dalmatian is easily known by its striking black-spotted pattern design. However, the origin of this interesting color pattern is still unknown. Its name, however, stems from Dalmatia, which is a region located in western Yugoslavia. This dog breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) back in the year 1888 and has remained popular ever since.
Dalmatians are full of energy and have great enthusiasm for running long distances. Training this animal to behave in the home takes great patience and long hours of obedience training in a safe area outside, with plenty of room to run around. The Dalmatian tends to be a little aggressive towards other animals, especially strange canines, but is known to be gentle with other pets, such as cats and even horses.
Although this dog breed makes an excellent house pet, it is a little stubborn when it comes to training. This animal may also be a little too intense and energetic for small children in the house. However, as with any dog breed, with thorough training and adequate exercise, the Dalmatian can make an excellent family companion.
Upkeep and Maintenance
Upkeep of this energetic dog breed takes a bit of an active lifestyle on the owner’s part. The Dalmatian will not be happy with just a few short walks during the day. He needs to be able to run long distances and roam around outdoors. In fact, Dalmatians make wonderful jogging partners. Just be sure to keep him in a safe area when off leash.
These dogs need to have the luxury of living indoors but also have the flexibility of being able to run outside when necessary. Dalmatians do not tolerate hot temperatures very well, so if he is kept outside be sure to have plenty of cool shaded areas and soft bedding for him to relax in when necessary. Companionship should be a top priority when owning a Dalmatian, so do not keep him outside longer than necessary without company.
A very common health issue with the Dalmatian is deafness. Minor concerns include hypothyroidism, allergies, iris sphincter dysplasia, and seizures. There are occasional cases of CHD, but it is extremely rare.
Dalmatians tend to have long life spans, ranging between 12 and 15 years, and sometimes longer. Veterinarians recommend that you have this dog breed specifically tested for eye problems, hip dysplasia, thyroid, and potential hearing loss issues.
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