Saturday, July 30, 2011


The Dalmatian is known for all of those spots on him. Some here, some there, spots everywhere. These breeds may have lots of spots, but that's only when they mature. They are born without these spots, and they develop as they mature. They range in size of a dime to a half dollar. Also, there aren't as many spots on the head, legs, and tail than on the body.

They aren't just known for their spots. They were featured in the movie "One-Hundred and One Dalmatians". Amongst children, they are known as firehouse dogs. Of course, some of them are in reality, but not as often as they are in cartoons and children's books.

There is no proof that this breed has originated in Dalmatia, but it's likely. It's a very old dog breed, and some have been found depicted on walls and tombs in Egypt. Back in the old days, they were bred to walk alongside horse chariots that were like old firetrucks. The Dalmatians would clear the crowd so they wouldn't be in the way of the chariot. In the USA, they were used to locate fires and and victims of the fire.

Grooming the breed's short coat shouldn't be hard, but it needs a weekly brushing to remove dead hairs. As for training them, you should start while your Dalmatian is a puppy. Otherwise, they can be a little stubborn and independent. This breed can have some health issues, such as skin disorders, epilepsy, and hip dysplasia. The breed is best with older children and active families, because the breed needs daily exercise in an enclosed yard, because they have been known to run away, and even jump and climb fences, so a tall fence is best for this breed.

But overall, the Dalmatian is a great spotted friend that will give you love, affection, and laughs that you'll always remember!

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