Dog Breeds

Dalmatian Dog Breed.

Dalmatian training, care, history, temperament, and characteristics

Group: Non-sporting

Weight: 40-60 lbs

Height: 19-23 inches


There is much difference about the origin of the Dalmatian. Some traces of these dogs are found in Egypt, so it surely is a very old breed. During the 1700s a dog known as the Bengal pointer, very alike the Dalmatian, existed in England. This was questioning the Dalmatians Yugoslavian origin. Some people state the Dalmatian to be a Croatian breed. During the middle ages, Dalmatians were used as hounds. And during the 1800s, the dogs became popular as carriage dogs. They trotted beside the horses, and also guarded the carriages and horses while the owner was engaged elsewhere. Dalmatians followed their owners with outstanding consistency and hardiness. The flexible Dalmatian has had many uses thus far, including being a mascot for firemen, war sentinel, circus performers, vermin hunters, hounds and shepherd and guard dogs. Today, most people use them as a companion dog.


Dalmatians are medium sized dogs, and they are very lively and bouncy. They are brave, distinctive, and are known as the clowns in the dog world. This is a multitalented breed that possesses the ability to work as a vermin hunter, a hound, and a guard dog and circus performer. At the same time they are also very loyal companions.


The Dalmatian is a watchful, vigorous, and sure dog with ample energy. They have excellent skills when it comes to problem solving and obedience training. Brave, gracious, and outgoing, the Dalmatian is a dog that tends to bond intimately with his owners. They make great family pets, although they can be quite strong willed. This makes them better matched to owners with some degree of experience in handling and training dogs. These distinguished dogs love a broad range of actions, and are friendly and trustworthy. Owners will need to give a lot in terms of physical activity and mental stimulation - otherwise these dogs can get bored to death. This in return can lead to destructive behaviour.


Grooming needs for the Dalmatian are not very high. Regular brushing will help to get rid of dead hair, and also help to keep the coat looking shiny. The Dalmatian is a very medium shedding dog. And tend to shed all year round, making them not ideal for people suffering from allergies. For more detailed info, take a look at the Dalmatian Grooming page.


These dogs need thorough and extensive early and lifelong socialization as well as basic obedience training. Without the right training, the Dalmatian has a tendency to be shy or anxious. They do not respond well at all to harsh or rough training methods. Training must be done with determination, fairness and uniformity. Reward and patience are also important aspects of their training. Dalmatians do extremely well in obedience competition, agility, and fly-ball.