Dalmatians: Spotted and Guarded

The most noticeable attribute of Dalmatians are their spots. Dalmatians are typically white with black or brown spots. Some other spot colors, although rare, include blue-grey, tricolored, orange and lemon. Puppies are born all white and their spots start to appear with 3-4 weeks after birth. Deafness is a serious genetic health problem with Dalmatians, affecting about 30 percent.

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Considered to have originated in Croatia, the Dalmatian is typically friendly and loyal to those the dog knows. But unknown dogs and strangers beware, this breed possesses a high guarding instinct making them cool and distant.

 

 

 

 

 
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It’s hard to see a Dalmatian and not think of a fire truck and there’s a fun explanation why.  Back in the early 1800’s, long before the combustion engine, horse-drawn fire carriages were used by the fire department.  Since Dalmatians were found to get along well with horses, they would run ahead of the carriage in an attempt to clear a path to the local fire.  Back at the station, they were excellent watch dogs and would protect the horses from thieves when they were in their stables.  Even today, the Dalmatian is the mascot at most firehouses and have been nicknamed firedogs.

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The Dalmatian is also known as the “Anheuser-Busch Dog”.  The company’s iconic beer wagon, which is led by Clydesdale horses, is usually accompanied by a Dalmatian during national tours or in parades. 

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The breed became widely known in 1956 after Dodie Smith wrote The Hundred and One Dalmatians. Disney further increased popularity with an animated film in 1961. In 1996, they produced a live-action remake, 101 Dalmatians and later its sequel, 102 Dalmatians.

 

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