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Breed Group: Non-Sporting
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An ancient breed, it is believed the Dalmatian originated in a section of Yugoslavia called Dalmatia. Their stamina, size, and guard dog capabilities made them a favored breed by English aristocracy. During both World Wars, this breed was used to protect the camps of U.S. soldiers. The Dalmatian is most often associated with being a firehouse dog.
Dalmatians are of medium size and are extremely active and energetic. They are bold, unique, and are known as the clowns of the dog world. This is a versatile breed that possesses the ability to work as a vermin hunter, hound, guard dog, and circus performer as well as being a loyal companion.
The Dalmatian is exceedingly social and thrives on human companionship and attention. They are extremely sensitive and do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. If they become lonely or bored they will become depressed and destructive. The Dalmatian is not recommended for homes with small children due to their exuberant and rambunctious nature. They will typically get along with household pets they have been raised with, but display aggression to dogs they do not know. This breed is aloof with strangers and makes an excellent watchdog; only barking when absolutely necessary.
The Dalmatian requires frequent brushing with a firm bristle brush to minimize loose hair. Extra attention should be given to the coat during the heavy shedding periods. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo to protect the integrity of the coat and skin. This breed does not do well in extreme weather conditions and are prone to fungi from moist grass and soil as well as ticks and fleas. The various health issues that affect this breed include deafness, bladder and kidney stones, skin and food allergies, and hip dysplasia.
The Dalmatian has a hard, smooth, short and dense coat. The color of the coat is pure white with spots that are either black or liver. Puppies are born completely white and spots develop as they mature. This breed is a constant shedder with profuse shedding twice a year.
This breed requires intensive and extensive early and lifelong socialization as well as basic obedience. Without training, the Dalmatian has a propensity to be timid or high-strung. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, consistency, reward, and patience. Dalmatians excel in obedience competition, agility, and fly-ball.
The Dalmatian must have daily frequent exercise. They enjoy participating in family activities and play sessions. Quality time spent with their family is extremely important to this breed. With their high degree of endurance, the Dalmatian makes an excellent walking, jogging, and hiking companion. This breed does best with a securely fenced yard they can romp and run in. Dalmatians are not recommended for apartment dwelling unless it is possible for them to receive a walk or run several times a day.
40-60 lbs
19-23 inches
black or liver spots on white background; spots should be round, well defined, and preferably separated. Dalmatians are born white and develop spots
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How much do Dalmatian puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Dalmatian varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Dalmatian puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Dalmatians sold is $647.50. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Dalmatian with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,900 upwards to $5,000 or even more for a Dalmatian with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Dalmatians sold is $900.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $647.50
Average Price: $900.00
Top Quality: $1,900.00 to $5,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 3836 Dalmatian puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a Dalmatian puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Dalmatians true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular Dalmatian Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 3836 Dalmatian dogs.
  • 1. Freckles
  • 2. Pepper
  • 3. Draco
  • 4. Patch
  • 5. Dallas
  • 6. Prince
  • 7. Spot
  • 8. Archie
  • 9. Wagges
  • 10. Demi
  • 11. Lucky
  • 12. Domino
  • 13. Patches
  • 14. Penny
  • 15. Dot
  • 16. Pongo
  • 17. Girls
  • 18. Cody
  • 19. Daisy
  • 20. Lilly

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I have been breeding dalmatians for 14 years now, this breed is not for everyone but anyone who does purchase them loves this breed and never gives up on them, they are extremely loyal dogs, they have a ton of energy so they are very good dogs for anyone who likes hiking or running, they are good with children, the only downfall to them is that they do shed a lot

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Anonymous asked:
Hello, I am currently a college student and I am looking for a puppy to own. I was wondering would a Dalmatian be ok being by itself for 3 to 4 hours while I'm in a class? In a few years from now - 8 hrs by itself when I graduate and have a job?

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The Dalmatian is a very loyal, loving and active breed of dog. They need extensive exercise every day, no matter if it is rain or shine. Training and socialization is a must with this breed as early as possible so that they can grow to be a good companion. I would not recommend any dog for a college student. Even if you are only gone for a couple of hours a day, there is studying and added stress in a students life that just doesn't do well with a dog, especially a puppy. When you have graduated and am ready to commit to an animal 100%, then the Dalmatian might be fine with you. If you really need to get your dog fix, I would suggest becoming a short term foster parent for a local rescue. This way you can spend some time with a dog and get some experience in how your life would be with a dog, without the commitment. If it doesn't work out, then the rescue can find another foster home for the dog and you can focus on your studies.

Anonymous asked:
I was wondering how Dalmatians work with animals of the farm. Those animals being cows, horses, chickens, ducks, etc. I was wondering if it really just depended on whether or not their trained to get along, or is there another way to help develop good behaviors with animals of those types?



The Dalmatian is an amazing breed of dog that is very versatile. However, they need to be socialized, trained and exercised such as it comes with all breeds of dogs. If the dog is purchased as a puppy, socialized with farm animals, trained to respect them and properly exercised so that the amount of prey drive this breed has is lessened; the breed can be a wonderful farm dog. I myself have three Dalmatians and they are great with all of my farm animals. I have cows, horses, chickens, turkeys, and meat rabbits.


Most people don't know that Dalmatians were bred to accompany horses. They got into the firehouses because they ran with the horse teams and helped to clear the road for them. They are also known as "coach dogs", and you can view competitions for their obedience and stamina, called Road Dog Trials, on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgsL-eDahy4

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I am wanting a running partner ( I am in cross-country and run a 2 mile course every day). Will a Dalmatian be a good fit for that?

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The Dalmatian is an athlete and not only loves, but needs to run and exercise. This breed would be fantastic as a running partner for you, especially if you do a 2 mile course every day. Just make sure that your breeder has done all the health checks on the dam and sire so you know you are getting a healthy pup. Also, slowly work the dog into your routine as they should not be running that length of distance until they are at least 3/4's of the way to full grown. This will ensure their joints are ready for that much exercise.

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I'm wondering if a Dalmatian (with proper training of course) would make a good service dog for my son?



A service dog is a huge responsibility and needs to be trained and planned according to the type of service your son needs. The Dalmatian is an intelligent, hard working, never tiring breed that would do well as a service dog for certain jobs, but not for others. What I would suggest is to contact a Service Dog training center in your area and discuss the pros and cons of the Dalmatian breed for the type of service dog your son needs.


I am an experienced dalmatian owner and I believe if you select a reputable breeder and socialize the puppy early that you could have a successful service dog. They are a very intelligent and devoted breed. A word of caution regarding health issues; the breed is prone to urinary and kidney issues as well as congenital deafness. A reputable breeder will screen for deafness prior to placing a puppy. I would also advise researching the Dalmatian Foundation Project which has gone back several generations to reverse the kidney issues. Keep in mind they are very energetic dogs that require lots of exercise and interaction. Be sure you have the time and patience to raise a happy dalmatian!


Yes, a line of Dalmatians with healthy kidneys and normal uric acid levels has been developed. Just buy a low uric acid puppy (LUA), which can be health tested for (a reputable Dalmatian breeder will know what this is) prior to purchase. They are being bred around the world now.

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Are Dalmatians good family pets? Why do I rarely see them?



The Dalmatian is not a very popular breed. Their popularity exploded after the 101 Dalmatian's Movie, however with a lot of bad breeding to live up to demand; the breed got a reputation of being bad with kids. However, a well bred Dalmatian and well socialized Dalmatian is a great family pet. But they are prone to health issues such as deafness. So getting one from a reputable and responsible breeder is key.


Dalmatians make for a great family pet. Deafness isn't a health issue, It is usually something they are born with. Responsible breeders in the US and abroad, will often either sell them at a discounted rate with a spay/neuter contract, or euthanize them, so they aren't bred to pass the trait on. Although, they do have problems with bladder stones and cancer with bad breeding. It depends where you live, whether or not you see a lot of the Dalmatian breed. In the south, FL, TX, etc...they are more common. There are a lot of backyard breeders and puppymills, that breed them. Rescues are always bailing them out of shelters and pulling them off the streets.


I had my Dalmatian for 15 years. She was bought at a pet store and my grandkids grew up with her. A wonderful dog.


Our Dalmatians love kids! I wish I could attach a photo of our stud dog kissing a visiting baby crawling near him.

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Updated: 7/4/2022