Meet the Breed

Overview

The dignified Dalmatian, dogdom's citizen of the world, is famed for his spotted coat and unique job description. During their long history, these "coach dogs" have accompanied the horse-drawn rigs of nobles, gypsies, and firefighters.

Temperament

  • Dignified, Smart, Outgoing
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 56 of 193
  • Height: 19-24 inches
  • Weight: 45-70 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 11-13 years
  • Group: Non-Sporting Group

Breed Standard

The Dalmatian is a distinctively spotted dog; poised and alert; strong, muscular and active; free of shyness; intelligent in expression; symmetrical in outline; and without exaggeration or coarseness. The Dalmatian is capable of great endurance, combined with fair amount of speed. Deviations from the described ideal should be penalized in direct proportion to the degree of the deviation.

National Dog Club

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The Dalmatian’s delightful, eye-catching spots of black or liver adorn one of the most distinctive coats in the animal kingdom. Beneath the spots is a graceful, elegantly proportioned trotting dog standing between 19 and 23 inches at the shoulder. Dals are muscular, built to go the distance; the powerful hindquarters provide the drive behind the smooth, effortless gait.

The Dal was originally bred to guard horses and coaches, and some of the old protective instinct remains. Reserved and dignified, Dals can be aloof with strangers and are dependable watchdogs. With their preferred humans, Dals are bright, loyal, and loving house dogs. They are strong, active athletes with great stamina—a wonderful partner for runners and hikers.

National Breed Club

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Check out the Dalmatian Club of America to learn more about the Dalmatian parent club.

Founded in 1905, the Dalmatian Club of America represents nearly 1,000 Dalmatian breeders and fanciers across the United States and around the world. We are dedicate to promoting, preserving, and protecting the wonderful Dalmatian breed.