An elegant animal of ancient lineage, the Dalmatian with their picturesque spotting is certainly one of the most distinctive looking of all breeds. Their traditional role in life was that of a carriage dog, trotting either alongside the horses or underneath the axle of the coach for mile after mile, to protect occupants from being attacked by highwaymen. Made redundant with the advent of the motor car, the Dalmatian subsequently came to prominence working with horse-drawn fire engines.


The Dalmatian has a short, hardy, dense coat covered in black or liver spots. The pups are born white and begin to acquire their spots at about 2 weeks old.


Temperamently, the Dalmatian makes an ideal companion dog. They are Intelligent, willing to please and have a friendly outgoing disposition, making them a handsome and faithful family pet. They are a true gentleman, being quiet, sensitive and well-mannered. Politely reserved with strangers and with a highly developed protective instinct, the Dalmatian makes a sensible and dependable guard dog too.

Average Lifespan

Up to 12 – 14 years


The Dalmatian’s short coat requires very little attention to maintain a well-groomed appearance. A very natural “no-frills” breed, the Dalmatian is hardy, adaptable and super sound.


A strong, muscular active dog, capable of great speed and endurance, the Dalmatian’s great love in life is exercise, exercise and more exercise! They are ideally suited to somebody with a very active lifestyle, or alternatively someone living on an acreage.


For the latest research in breed-related problems in the Dalmatians, visit the University of Sydney’s LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.

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