Facts about Dalmatian Puppies

Are you unsure how to care for Dalmatian puppies, or just want to learn more about the breed?

Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you?

No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!



Breed History

One of the most recognizable breeds, also known as a Fire House Dog, Carriage Dog, and English Coach Dog, the Dalmatian is named after a coastal area along the Adriatic Sea where it was first recorded.

The first Dalmatian puppies were brought to Great Britain sometime in 1700s. There, the breed was used to guard coach passengers and their property. That's how it got two of its names.

But Dalmatians are most known as fire engine chasers and fire house mascots.

It's not known when a first Dalmatian was brought into the United States but what is known is that George Washington was a breeder of Dalmation puppies!

Physical Characteristics of Dalmatian Puppies

The Dalmatian is a large dog. It has a square body with deep chest, an almost flat head and a long tail. It also has medium size drop ears, a large nose and medium size eyes.

But its most recognizable feature is its coat. It's short, white and has distinct markings. The most common colors of those markings are black and liver. Other possible colors are very rare and include blue-grayish, orange and yellow.

When born, Dalmatian puppies are completely white. The spots develop later on.

    Height Weight
  Male 22 to 24 inches 50 to 65 pounds
  Female 19 to 22 inches 45 to 55 pounds


The Dalmatian is very friendly and intelligent dog.

It loves human company and gets lonely when left alone for extended periods of time. At the same time, its friendliness extends only to those it knows as the breed is known to be wary with strangers. Though good with other animals, especially horses, it can be aggressive with strange dogs.

Consider socializing your dog while he is still young.

Dalmation puppies are energetic, playful, fast, have a lot of stamina and love to run. These qualities make them good companions for children.

They are very sensitive and require gentle training methods. They also have good memories, so never mistreat Dalmatian puppies!

Best Owner / Living Conditions

Because they are very active (both indoors and outdoors), love running and can be stubborn, they require an experienced owner living in the suburbs.   

Some Dalmatian breeders may interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.

Activity and Exercise

The Dalmation is a very active dog and requires plenty of exercise. Without it, it can get bored and destructive.

It has great stamina and loves running. If you are into jogging or bicycle riding, take your pet along (on-leash).

At a minimum, Dalmatian puppies and adult dogs need to go for one or two brisk walks every day.


Dalmatian puppies are easy to care for.

They are clean, without body odor and don't need to be washed that often. On the other hand, they shed quite heavily throughout the year, so frequent brushing is required.

Health Concerns

Like all dog breeds, the Dalmatian is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.

Other known health problems include epilepsy, hip dysplasia, kidney stones, and deafness. To learn more about dog diseases and health care, visit dog health problems.

To reduce the risk of the above and many other health problems, buy only from reputable Dalmatian breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).

No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.

To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.

Life Expectancy

The average life expectancy for Dalmatian puppies is between 10 and 12 years.

Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?

If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Dalmatian rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.

Puppy Training

Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this Dalmatian Behavior and Obedience Training Guide.

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