Most widely used name for this species
The area where the animal first came from
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
How long the animal lives for
The domestic group such as cat or dog
Map of Europe
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 are 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 favourably 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 owner's 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.
Are you Safe?
Are you Safe? is an online safety campaign by A-Z-Animals.com. If something has upset you, the Are you Safe? campaign can help you to speak to someone who can help you.Are you Safe?
Update your Dalmatian phobia filter.
View printer friendly version of Dalmatian article.
Learn how you can use or cite the Dalmatian article in your website content, school work and other projects.
First Published: 1st December 2008, Last Updated: 8th November 2019
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 01 Dec 2008]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 01 Dec 2008]
4. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2009]
5. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 01 Dec 2008]