A Declamation is a medium size breed of dog coming from Croatia. This breed originally comes from the region of Dalmatia, hence its name. It was originally a carriage dog, but has changed its use numerous times during the years. Due to its intelligence and capabilities, Dalmatians have been used as firehouse dogs, circus dogs and had various other functions. They are very easy to recognize due to their unique coats. Their black or liver sports spread out across a white coat are a unique look in the dog world that only these type of dogs have. Dalmatians today are mainly used as family dogs or are companion dogs.
In the past, Dalmatians also had other names. They were mainly related to their appearance so they were known as Spotted Coach Dogs or Leopard Carriage Dogs. This breed of dog is very popular today and it is mostly because of their loveable nature and goofy attitude. This is why Disney popularized the story of “101 Dalmatians” which has been carried into the popular media in animation and on film.
Dalmatian History & Origins
A Dalmatian dog draws its organ from Croatia, or more specifically the regain of Dalmatia which is also responsible for its name. There are several documents and even frescos and paintings that confirm the dog’s background. The first one has been established in the 18th century. It was initially a coach dog and was seen as a noble dog because many notable people had these dogs during the Regency period. This dog was consider as a status symbol and it was also used as a guard dog at night.
Further from there, the breed was cultivated and officially established in England. The first standard for the dog were drawn up in 1882 by Vero Shaw. The first Dalmatian Club in England was formed in 1862. Since then, the dog has been used as a guard dog and a companion dog. In its farthest past period, they were used for various other things like even being war dogs. But today they are only recognized as pets.
Characteristics & Temperament
A Dalmatian is a joy to keep. They are energetic and playful dogs but also smart and affectionate. They are capable to endless running and playing and possesses high levels of energy. This is way they are great dogs to keep around your kids. A Dalmatian will also form an attachment to the entire family and is very prone to pleasing people around it. They are also alert and very curios, particularly when they are pups.
It is very easy to train a Dalmatian and it does not require a lot of experience to do it. You should approach the training with a positive attitude, gentle instructions and food rewards, as they react best to them. You also need to allow it a lot of room to exercise. These dog need to train their bodies due to the high levels of energy that they have. They will tend to run so a big yard or frequent walks will benefit the dog a lot. Also, make sure to socialize it with other people, animals, sounds and experiences so you get a well-rounded dog.
Dalmatian Appearance, Colors, Size
The Dalmatian is a medium sized dog which is described as a muscular dog with a high stamina and endurance. Based on the Kennel Clubs of America and UK the dog will grow to somewhere between 19 and 23 inches. Females are smaller and they are estimated to have a maximum size of 22 inches.
What defines a Dalmatian are is legendary spots. A puppy is born without any sports and once they start growing fur their spots were start to appear all around their body. As the dog gets older, less and less sports are going to appear. A Dalmatian has white fur with black or liver colored spots on it. There are some additional rare colors, like blue or brindle, but these are extremely rare.
Their coats are short, fine and dense. But there have been cases where long-coated Dalmatians appear. These are not recognized by any standards and are disregarded by all the Kennel clubs.
A Dalmatian is a breed with few health problems. They are generally healthy and easy to keep. But like in every case, they too display a problem with certain kinds of conditions. They are prone to deafness, allergies and urinary stones. Also, you may need to know that a Dalmatian may suffer from bone spurs and arthritic conditions which manifests itself during their late teens.
Nevertheless, a Dalmatian has an average lifespan of about 11 to 13 years, according to the Dalmatian Club of America. But there have been many cases where they lived up to 15 or 16 years. It all depends on the genetic makeup and how you take care of your dog.
Dalmatian Grooming & Shedding
A Dalmatian may be a fun dog to have, but the fun stops when it comes to grooming. Perhaps the only disadvantage about Dalmatians is the way they shed. These dogs will shed constantly and will shed profusely. You can try and prevent it by regular brushing, but it will not make a big difference. Nevertheless, grooming will have to be done to keep their coats clean.
Daily brushing with a soft brush will ensure that you remove all the dead hair. It will also keep your dog clean. They tend not to have a particular doggy odor and are generally clear dogs. This is why you do not have to bathe them so much. You can do so only when necessary if the dog gets really dirty. Other types of grooming include brushing their teeth and dealing with their nails.
Price and Breeders
There are many ways for you to get a Dalmatian puppy. Luckily, breeders are found in almost any corner of the world. Each and every one of them has a quality offer that you will most certainly like. Nevertheless, there is a difference in price still that you will have to account for. The least that you can pay is 500 dollars while if you want to get one with a pedigree it will cost you around 1,200 dollars. All in all, we advise you carefully pick the breeder and also the dog.
Because of the popularity of the Dalmatian dog today, there are many rescue groups that allow you to adopt one. This breed of dog is probably one of the most popular ones in the world today. But some of them still need rescue. Try to find your dog in Dalmatian Rescue of Colorado, Inc., Dalmatian Rescue of S. Florida, Recycled Canines Dalmatian Rescue of Houston or Antelope Valley Dalmatian Rescue. As you will see the choices are plentiful and it is up to you if you want to make this step.