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Dalmatian

Breed Information Dalmatian

General Description

A medium sized lean and muscular dog. A short dense coat of pure white with black or liver coloured spots all over the body.

General Health

Generally healthy.

Kidney and bladder problems have been reported so it is advised not to leave them caged too long as this may aggravate the problem. Some recommend that you use a low protein diet to place less stress on the kidneys.

Hereditary Illnesses

Deafness is a common problem for Dalmations, as many as 10% of puppies being born. This number is declining due to careful breeding and tests carried out to reduce the use of dogs prone to producing deaf puppies.

Character and Temperament

A happy and sociable dog. They have lots of energy that needs to be channeled in the right direction from puppy hood. A properly trained and socialised Dalmatian makes an excellent family pet, loyal, affectionate, and a very capable guard/watchdog happy to defend the family unit if ever required.

Food

Apart from the possibility that your vet may suggest a low protein diet if your Dalamtion shows signs of kidney or bladder problems, There are no special requirements.

Exercise

These dogs need a lot of physical and mental stimulation to keep them healthy and happy. A good daily walk with play is recommended.

Grooming

A weekly brush is generally all that's needed

Origin

An ancient breed dating back as far as 2000bc in Greece and Rome. Used for many activities such as dog of war, border guard, hunting, herding and cart pulling.

Other_info

Famous for having a Disney film created about them called 101 Dalmations.

Stats

Average Dog Size

22 - 24

Average Dog Weight

55

Average Bitch Size

20 - 22

Average Bitch Weight

55

Average Litter Size

8

Average Life Expectancy

10 - 12


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