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December 7, 2010 Posted by: Niki Slater
Niki Slater

Our breed for this post can be spotted anywhere!

Throughout American history, they have been a mascot for firehouses and for playing a role in brave rescues. They are also well-loved because of the Walt Disney classic, “101 Dalmatians”.

The Dalmatian is said to come from a place called Dalmatia which is a region of Croatia. However, there is a dispute over the true origins of the breed.

Dalmatians have a white body with black or dark brown spots covering it. However, as puppies, they are born white and their spots appear gradually after a few weeks.

Dalmatians are mid-sized, short hair dogs. They are very loyal and active. Because of their ease with horses, they were used as carriage dogs and would guide the horses to the fires. Although horses are no longer a part of firehouses, Dalmatians continue to be the pets of many fire houses and firefighters out of tradition. The American Kennel Club states that the Dalmatian is an excellent rescue dog or athletic partner.

Dalmatians are playful, happy and dedicated and love a lot of exercise because of their high stamina and energy level.  Daily brisk walks or jogs  are beneficial. Due to their high energy, apartment living is not their specialty. Despite being very clean dogs, Dalmatians require extra grooming due to the fact that they shed year round.

Owning a Dalmatian is quite an adventure! They truly are a man’s best friend.

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