Dalmatian Facts

Dalmatian Facts
Dalmatian, also known as Dal, is very old breed whose exact origin is still a mystery. Many researchers agree that Dalmatian originates from the part of Croatia called Dalmatia. Pictures of Dalmatian can be seen even on the walls of the Egyptian tombs. Dalmatian is very talented breed, that was used for trailing, hunting of bears and for various circus performances in the past. Dalmatian is still used as a working dog (mostly as a rescue dog today), but it is also very popular and often kept as a house pet.
Interesting Dalmatian Facts:
Dalmatian can reach 19 to 23 inches in height and 40 to 70 pounds of weight.
Dalmatian has short, smooth, white coat covered with black, or rarely with brown, lemon-yellow or blue spots. Each Dalmatian has unique pattern of spots.
Dalmatian has large, muscular body, thin ears and long legs with round feet.
Dalmatian is best known as coach (or carriage) dog. Thanks to their friendly relationship with horses, Dalmatians were used to follow coaches on long distances and keep them safe. They were also used as fire dogs when fire wagons were pulled by horses. Their main duty was to clear the area in from of the fire wagons and keep the horses calm near the fire. Dalmatians are still used as a firehouse mascots.
Due to ability to run for hours without getting tired, Dalmatian was used to transport secret messages during the WWII.
Dalmatian was often used to eliminate rats from the stables and firehouses in the past.
Dalmatian likes to play in the water and it is very good swimmer.
Dalmatian is very stubborn and independent by nature. It requires proper training to become appropriate pet. Despite its playful nature, Dalmatian is an excellent guard dog.
Dalmatian often chooses one family member and builds strong bond with him/her, and ignores the rest of the family. It doesn't always get along with children. Dalmatian became extremely popular after the movie "101 Dalmatian", which didn't show exact nature of this dog. Many Dalmatian puppies adopted after the movie were soon left on the streets, when people discovered "true" nature and high needs of this breed.
Dalmatian is highly energetic breed that requires regular daily exercises and long walks to remain healthy.
Former American president George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Pablo Picasso were proud owners of Dalmatian.
Dalmatian gives birth to 6 to 9 puppies (up to 13) which are snowy white at birth. Dark spots start to appear at the age of 10 to 14 days.
Dalmatian sheds a lot, but its hair doesn't trigger symptoms of allergy like hair of other breeds. It needs to be brushed regularly to keep shedding under control.
Dalmatian is generally healthy breed, but it can suffer from deafness, gout and arthritis.
Dalmatian has an average lifespan of 10 to 13 years.

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