Dalmatian

Life expectancy

12 years

Age adult

19 months

Height (Shoulder height)

55 cm

Weight

28 kg

Coat texture

short-haired / stiff/rigid / dense

Coat color

white with black or brown dots

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / allergies / idiopathic epilepsy / deafness / atopy / bronzing skin syndrome in dalmatians (Dal Crud) / uric acid stones / dalmatian leukodystrophy / hyperuricosuria/hyperuricemia (HUU) / atopic dermatitis

Food expenses per month in €

about € 64

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather not

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not

Athletic

Very atletic

Attention

Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn

High

Exercise

Needs a lot of exercise

Nature

sensitive / quick and eager to learn / friendly / vivacious / active / playful / intelligent / attentive / likes to run

Bred for

watchdog / preferred by aristocracy, companion dog / hunting dog, hound / guard carriages

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / allergies / idiopathic epilepsy / deafness / atopy / bronzing skin syndrome in dalmatians (Dal Crud) / uric acid stones / dalmatian leukodystrophy / hyperuricosuria/hyperuricemia (HUU) / atopic dermatitis

Dog type according to FCI

scent hounds and related breeds

FCI description

They have always been used as hunting dogs, have an extraordinary sense of smell and pick up every trace. Running dogs had to follow the game over long distances, sweat dogs search for the injured (sweaty) game and follow it. They have an enormous urge to move and need a lot of exercise and meaningful, species-appropriate occupation. Many breeds, especially sweat dogs, are only handed over to hunters. If you are not aware of what hunting motivation means, you may soon be overwhelmed. Because this instinct cannot be completely trained away.

Dogs of this group are considered friendly, intelligent and social, therefore they are popular companion dogs. Think about whether you can cope with the hunting temperament, because once the untrained hunting dog has a track in his nose he quickly forgets any obedience and is up and away.

Short description

Dalmatians, all white at birth, originate from Croatia and were originally used as hunting dogs. Later he evolved to be a popular dog for higher societies. Nowadays, the Dalmatian is a friendly, athltic and eager to learn family-dog, which needs a lot of physical and mental exercise.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.