Located in Calgary, AB Canada
Located in Calgary, AB Canada
The Dalmatian has been traced back to the 1600's. There is lots of speculation on how the breed initiated, many believed that the breed originated in Dalmatia, a region of Croatia, however I have also read that there has been images found of spotted dogs in Egyptian pyramids.
Dalmatians are considered a 'Non-Sporting' dog, as they have been used for a variety of jobs throughout their history, never specializing in one area. Used as guard dogs, shepherds, ratters, retrievers, circus dogs, and coaching dogs. Dalmatians were used to clear a path before the horses and to run alongside or under coaches then they would guard the coach and horses while the horses were at rest.
There is a ton of information on the web about Dalmatians, their history, breed, etc. some of which we have highlighted below:
The Dalmatian has an average lifespan of 11 - 13 years and are generally considered to be a healthy breed, not commonly affected by a wide range of inherited health problems, but can be prone to some issues.
There are some everyday foods that you should not feed your dog see ASPCA
Dalmatians are outgoing, balanced and majestic. They have a natural protective nature and can make a dependable watchdog.
They are strong, independent and need a pack leader to feel comfortable within their pack/family.
Dalmatians do not like to spend long periods of time alone. They do best when they are included in all family activities and live where their humans do.
We believe that an element to a good temperament in a Dal is early socialization to other dogs, small pets, children, and other adults.
Your Dal and child will have a marvelous time tiring each other out, however younger children may be accidentally knocked down by these active and strong dogs.
Precautions and supervised interactions should be maintained between children and all dogs.
After we had our children and decided to add a new Dal to the family (even though we both grew up with and owned dogs all our adult lives) we found "Living with Kids and Dogs" to be a great resource.
Training is essential to a happy Dal home!!
Dalmatians are very loyal dogs and have an inherent nature to be protective. Along with being independent and a mind of their own, you will need to teach your dog how to behave around you, your family, friends and strangers. Obedience training and socialization play a key role in your dog's development and will lead to a well-mannered member of the family that is truly a joy to own.
Lack of leadership and training can lead to a dog that is unmanageable and/or a handful.
Crate training has been subject to controversy over the years, however is a great tool when used properly. The crate should never be used as a punishment, it is meant to be a safe and secure place for your dog.
Dalmatians shed! I highly recommend you invest in a Roomba or similar device 😊. Note: The quality of the food you give your pooch can make a difference in the amount of shedding.
A Dalmatian requires regular mental and physical exercise. Too little mental and/or physical stimulation will lead to boredom and destructive behaviors. Dals make great jogging or hiking buddies and enjoy a good romp in a safe, enclosed area.
This is a breed that can do it all. They excel at sports and have an endurance with no end. We once did an 8 hour trial ride with our Dals running along side of us. The dogs took a brief rest after we got back and were raring to go again 30 mins later! There are many great activities you can do with your Dalmatian, here are some ideas: