“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make

our lives whole.” ― Roger A. Caras


Exercise Requirements: A minimum of 40 minutes a day
Energy Level: Very energetic
Longevity Range: 12-14 years
Tendency to Drool: Low
Tendency to Bark: Low
Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: High



Males and females stand between 19 and 24 inches tall. Male Dalmatians typically weigh between 55 and 70 pounds, while females average 40 to 55.


Dalmatians are distinctively spotted with a white coat and either black or brown (sometimes gold/yellow) spots. Dalmatians display strength and elegance through their stamina and muscular appearance. Dalmatian’s tails are an extension of the back line. When on the move their tails are carried with a slight upward curve. Dalmatians have longer legs than most breeds giving them the option of speed. Their feet finish off with a thick

pad for protection. Dalmatians chests commonly extend down to the dog’s elbow giving their lungs plenty of room to expand. Following the chest their stomachs have a moderate tuck up and follow flat with their loin. Dalmatians have been trained to hold the head high, however when trotting freely the head is only slightly higher than the topline. Dalmatian’s ears are set rather high and the base of the ear is usually level with the top of the skull.


Dalmatian’s are a high energy dog with an endless ability for exercise. They need daily exercise release or often become bored causing hyperactivity and destructive behaviors. Thus makes Dalmatians not the best dogs for apartments or a home without a yard. Dalmatian’s feign human companionship and have a strong desire to please. This makes Dalmatian’s easy to train through positive reinforcement. Although this is the case, Dalmatians are often stubborn due to their strong sense of independence and desire to dominate making the beginning stages of training challenging. Dalmatian’s are extremely smart and interested in everything that goes on around them


Dalmatian’s are extremely loyal to their people causing some to be timid around strangers. However, most are friendly greeters. Dalmatian’s are known to be outgoing and friendly while being free from nervousness and aggression. Dalmatians are extremely affectionate and love to spend time in close proximity of their people making them great family dogs. One of the disadvantages this is an increased risk of separation anxiety. To prevent this, train your Dalmatian from a young age to settle while you are out of sight. Dalmatian’s are easily excitable and often knock over bystanders making them unsuitable to for young children without proper monitoring. As an extrovert, Dalmatian’s are well known for their characteristic grin.



[1]            Bauer M., & Lemo N. 2008. The origin and evolution of Dalmatian and relation with other  

                Croatian native breeds   of dog. Revue de Médecine Véterinaire 159(12):618\ 623.           


[2]            Dalmatian Dog Breed Information and Personality Traits.


[3]            Dalmatian - Appearance & Grooming.                 


[4]            Dalmatian Temperament. http://www.dogtemperament.com/dalmatian-temperament/#

[5]            Dalmatian Temperament: What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em.



To read more about Dalmatian specifics select from the following:

- History                                                   - Characteristics

- Health & Nutrition                                    - Competitions

- Grooming


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