Category: Dogs & Cats

The Dalmatian is a very popular breed of dog and hails from Croatia's historic Dalmatia region. The Dalmatian rose to fame in 1956 when "101 Dalmatians," a book for children, was published and again in 1961 when the original "101 Dalmatians" film was released.



Dalmatian Puppy

Dalmatian Puppy

Scientific & Common Names

The scientific name for this breed of dog is "Dalmatian - Canis lupus familiaris." The Dalmatian may be affectionately called "Carriage Dog," as it was originally bred for use as a carriage dog, or "Plum Pudding Dog," based on its spotted coat.


Standing 19 to 23 inches tall at the shoulder and weighing around 55 pounds when fully grown, the Dalmatian is classified as a large breed dog. The Dalmatian has a large, compact, muscular body. His coat is white with black or dark brown spots.


There are many reputable Dalmatian breeders in this country. Those who are interested may also look at their local animal shelter for a good Dalmatian. There are also several breed-specific rescues throughout the country that are dedicated to finding loving homes for Dalmatians. It is important to do a thorough background check if you decide to purchase a dog from a breeder, and avoid disreputable breeders and puppy mills. Deafness is a major issue with Dalmatians, so choosing a good breeder is imperative.


The Dalmatian is a very active dog that has amazing stamina. This dog loves to run and needs a lot of exercise each day. The Dalmatian also has a strong instinct to dig, so Dalmatian owners can expect many holes in their yard or under their fence if they allow their Dalmatian to become bored and under-exercised. This dog needs a yard with a tall, strong fence that is well planted into the ground.


The Dalmatian hails from the famed Dalmatia region of Croatia. This dog was originally bred to pull carriages.

Present Status

Dalmatians are very popular dogs and are commonly used as firehouse and police station mascots. These dogs are great for very active individuals and families with older children. The Dalmatian typically has a life span of ten to 13 years.