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Although the breed standard for the Dalmatian calls for his spots to be either black or liver coloured, occasionally a recessive gene carried by the parents can result in lemon spots, blue spots, brindle spots, or tricolour spots. Dalmatian puppies appear white at birth, their spots start to develop over the first couple of weeks.

The Dalmatian is a strong, muscular and athletic dog with incredible stamina. He became a popular carriage dog, running alongside coaches of the gentry, the mail coach and horse drawn fire engines of London.

Energetic, fun loving and intelligent the Dalmatian needs companionship as well as plenty of physical and mental exercise, without which he can become highly strung and difficult to live with. Without proper socialisation and clear, consistent leadership he can also become aggressive towards unfamiliar dogs. Young and adolescent Dalmatians are quite a handful, especially for the novice owner.


Dalmatian Size: Large
Height: Dogs: 58-61cm - Bitches 56-58cms
Coat: Short
Grooming: Weekly
Exercise: Over 2 hours daily
Ideal Home: Large town or countryside dwelling
Colours: White with Black Spots • White with Liver Spots