To listen to this article, please select Control + Shift + Z to launch the pop-up player.

Browser out-of-date!

You are using an out-of-date web browser, to avoid problems when using A-Z Animals and other sites we strongly recommend you upgrade to the latest version of your web browser!
Get Firefox Get Google Chrome Get Opera Get Microsoft Internet Explorer Get Apple Safari
Remove Advertising
A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Images and Resources A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Images and Resources A-Z Animals - Animal Facts, Images and Resources

Animals >>

Dalmatian


 Add to Phobia Filter  Contribute  Print  Listen
Dalmatian
As a result of their history as coach dogs, the dalmation is very active and needs plenty of exercise. They are very fast runners, with a great deal of stamina and self-reliance. Given freedom to roam the wild, they will take multi-day trips on their own across the countryside. In today's urban environment, they will not likely survive such excursions and must be contained.

Their energetic and playful nature makes them good companions for children and they have an instinctive fondness for humans and horses. These qualities make them somewhat unbreakable, and forgiving of rough handling by children. However, it is imperative that they be socialized with children while still puppies, and also that children be taught the correct way to play with animals.

They have very sensitive natures but respond favorably to calm assertive leadership by the pack leader. Their rambunctious and playful personalities necessitate constant supervision around very small children, whom they may accidentally knock over and hurt.

Dalmatians are extremely people-oriented dogs, and will get very lonely if left by themselves, and should be trained to accept their owners absence if they must be left alone as otherwise they will pine severely. A better option is to provide companions.

These dogs crave human companionship and do poorly if left alone in a backyard or basement. Dalmatians are famed for their intelligence, and survival instincts. In general they have good memories and are usually kind natured (though individual specimens may vary).

Originally bred to defend carriages and horses, these dogs can become territorial if not trained otherwise.


Dalmatian Comments (3)

sarah

"there should be more pictures"

Diana Barrera

"There should be more information about the reasons behind the dog's appearance, origins, other special characteristics particular to that species, for instance, dalmatians are often born deaf."

Megan

"Good article, very intresting and enjoyed reading it. Could be layed out better with more pictures but overall good. Thank you! :)"


Post Comment

Your Name:

Article Rating:

Your Comment:


Article Tools

Print Article
View printer friendly version of Dalmatian article.
 
Listen to Article
Listen to audio version of Dalmatian article. Hot key: CTRL key + Shift key + Z key

Dalmatian Facts

Name:
The name of the domestic breed...
Dalmation
Origin:
The area where the animal first came from...
Yugoslavia
Size:
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is...
58cm (23in)
Weight:
The measurement of how heavy the animal is...
25kg (55lbs)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for...
12 years
Group:
The domestic group such as cat or dog...
Gun Dog