Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 19-23 in (47.5-58.8cm)
Weight: 50-55 lb (22.5-25kg)
Coat: Short, fine, dense and close; sleek and glossy in appearance
Color: Pure white ground color with round and well-defined black or liver brown spots, as evenly distributed as possible; spots on extremities smaller than those on body
|The Dalmatian is named after Dalmatia on the
Adriatic coast, but it is in Britain that the modern
breed became well established. Heads would turn
as a carriage of the British aristocrircy went by with
an elegant Dalmatian trotting alongside the horses.
Although already popular in Britain, the Dalmatian's
registrations doubled following the filming in 1959
of Dodie Smith's book, 101 Dalmatians. The breed's
friendly character and elegant appearance have made
it popular as a pet and show dog worldwide.
This affectionate and energetic dog quickly becomes
a family favorite. It requires plenty of exercise and
a daily brushing but does tend to shed white hairs,
which does not endear the breed to the houseproud.
However, its intelligence and equable temperament
should make up for this small failing.