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Dalmatian

Dalmatian

Best known as the star of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, this sleek and athletic dog breed has a history that goes back several hundred years. He started out as a coach dog but has also served in many other capacities, including hunter, firehouse dog, and circus performer. As charming in life as in film, he goes from gallant to goofy to gallant again in the blink of an eye, and loves to be a part of everything his family does.

Fun Fact

Did you know that Dalmatian puppies are born without spots?

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Sunny
28%
Ruby
33%
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Favorite names
  1. Maggie
  2. Ellie
Common locations
  1. Arizona, United States
  2. New York, United States
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Dalmatian

Dalmatian

The Dalmatian is a breed of large dog, noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. Its roots trace back to Croatia and its historical region of Dalmatia. Today, it is a popular family pet, and many dog enthusiasts enter Dalmatians into kennel club competitions. Dalmatians are a relatively healthy and easy to keep breed. Like other breeds, Dalmatians display a propensity towards certain health problems specific to their breed, such as deafness, allergies and urinary stones. Reputable breeders have their puppies BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) tested to ensure the status of the hearing on their pups. Particularly in the United States the use of Dalmatians as carriage dogs was transferred to horse-drawn fire engines. Today, the Dalmatian serves as a firehouse mascot and is sometimes used to educate the public in fire safety, but in the days of horse-drawn fire carts, they provided a valuable service, having a natural affinity to horses. They would run alongside the horses, or beneath the cart axles. The horses have long since gone, but the Dalmatians, by tradition, have stayed. As a result, in the United States, Dalmatians are commonly known as firehouse dogs.

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Dalmatian

Dalmatian

Explore some Embark dogs that share Dalmatian ancestry.

Purebreds

Fury
Andy
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Luke
Dice
Domino
Tre

Mixed breeds

Sunny
28%
Ruby
33%
The Rockster
50%
Guinness
22%
Lucky
28%
PuaBella
72%
Maizie
27%
Cache
25%
Beau
24%
Callie
28%
Bonks
26%
Jolie
21%
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Dalmatian

Dalmatian

Breed Stats

Favorite names:
  1. Maggie
  2. Ellie
  3. Pepper
  4. Rocky
  5. Bangka
  6. Beau
  7. Aine
  8. Bailey
  9. Bond
  10. Blue
Common locations:
  1. Arizona, United States
  2. New York, United States
Popularity Ranking: 62
AKC Recognized: 1988
AKC Group: Non Sporting
FCI Group: Group 6, Section 3
Weight: Male: 35-71 lb
Female: 35-53 lb
Height: Male: 23-24 in
Female: 22-23 in
Common MT Haplotypes: A16/17/99/100,
A17,
A18/19/20/21/27/36/94/109,
A91/11,
A299
Common Y Haplotypes: H1a.6,
H1a.20
Acceptable colors: Black And White
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