The Dalmatian has a short, hardy, dense coat covered in black or liver spots. The pups are born white and begin to acquire their spots at about 2 weeks old.
Temperamently, the Dalmatian makes an ideal companion dog. They are Intelligent, willing to please and have a friendly outgoing disposition, making them a handsome and faithful family pet. They are a true gentleman, being quiet, sensitive and well-mannered. Politely reserved with strangers and with a highly developed protective instinct, the Dalmatian makes a sensible and dependable guard dog too.
Up to 12 - 14 years
The Dalmatian's short coat requires very little attention to maintain a well-groomed appearance. A very natural "no-frills" breed, the Dalmatian is hardy, adaptable and super sound.
A strong, muscular active dog, capable of great speed and endurance, the Dalmatian's great love in life is exercise, exercise and more exercise! They are ideally suited to somebody with a very active lifestyle, or alternatively someone living on an acreage.
For the latest research in breed-related problems in the Dalmatians, visit the University of Sydney's LIDA (Listing of Inherited Disorders in Animals) website.
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