|Group:||Non Sporting (Group 7)|
|Club:||Dalmatian Club Of Victoria Inc|
|Contact:||Mrs Norma Kimber|
|Phone:||0409 952 505|
Background The picturesque spotting of the Dalmatian makes this breed among the most distinctive of dogs. Pups are born white and begin to acquire their black or liver spots at about two weeks old. Although a breed of ancient lineage, in Victorian times the Dalmatian gained a reputation as a carriage dog and ran with the horses, accompanying the carriages of the nobility. The Dalmatian had a natural affinity with horses, a trait that is still very strong today. Put most Dalmatians anywhere near a horse and they will immediately go and greet it. A dog that has been a drover of cattle, a trekker in two World Wars and the Vietnam War, earned a place on the dashing red fire engine, been the darling of the Victorian dandy, a show dog, a trick dog, a gun dog, and in olden times a hunter, the Dalmatian need only be given half a chance to win a place in your heart and your life.
Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime. Dalmatians live to 12 - 14 years of age.
Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Dalmatians are fun loving natural clowns, with both elegance and humour being hallmarks of the breed. The "smile" is often taken for a snarl, until one spots the furiously wagging tail. The breed’s fairly sensitive nature also craves human company and affection.
Compatibility with other pets Dalmatians can share their home quite comfortably with other pets.
Care Requirements Cleanliness and the need for minimal grooming are other much-appreciated characteristics of the breed. Having a short dense coat, Dalmatians only need an occasional brushing to present a well-groomed appearance. Being strong active dogs, they need to be kept under control and obedience training is recommended. As they are fairly active dogs, they require a good walk every day and need a soundly-fenced yard.
Please Take Note Dalmatians may be predisposed to bladder stones. Some dogs are prone to skin trouble, while some are born deaf.
Ideal Owner/s Dalmatians are perfect as a companion, a watchdog for children and a marvellous pet for the family, but as they are strong and very active, they need to be kept under control. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.
In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Dalmatian and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs.