Dalmatian Dog

What are Dalmatian Dogs?

Dogs are a man’s best friend, there by our side no matter what the circumstance may be. However, not many people love dogs and there are many who adore them. Ever since the launch of the cartoon named, “101 Dalmatian” the demand of Dalmatians have increased.  Dalmatian is a large breed dog, identified by its unique black or liver spotted coat. When it is full grown it stands from 19-23 inches as stated by the American Kennel Club. Male Dalmatians are a bit larger than female Dalmatians.

How do they look?

When Dalmatian puppies are born they are born with plain white coats.  After 3 to 4 weeks of their birth their spots appear. Approximately after a month, they have almost all of their spots visible on their white coat. The spots range between 30 to 60 mm of size and are mostly in black or liver color. In addition, there is many other Dalmatian with unique colors such as grayish blue, brindle, and mosaic, tricolored, orange and pale yellow.

In olden days the Dalmatian was used as a coach or carriage dog, used to protect occupants from banditry or other problems. Dalmatians were first spotted in Dalmatia, Croatia. In the current era it is a popular family pet and many of a time are registered into kennel club competitions. The Dalmatian is often used as a rescue dog, guardian, sports partner, fire dog and an active family member.

More about them

They most give birth to 9 to 13 puppies, and occasionally 18 puppies. However, they have some health problems which develop over the years, such as deafness, allergies, and urinary stones. Breeders mostly make their puppies go through a Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) test, to make sure that the pups can hear properly. The average lifespan of a Dalmatian is between 11 and 13 years, whereas some can live from 15 to 16 years of age if kept under great care. While in their late teens, both female and male Dalmatians suffer bone spurs and arthritic conditions.

Dalmatians can suffer from hyperuricemia, this occurs when the Dalmatian’s livers have problems breaking down uric acid, which can be formed in the blood serum causing gout or hyperuricemia. The uric acid can also cause kidney and bladder stones. Male Dalmatians over 10 years of age are prone to get kidney stones.

Contrariwise, the first illustration of a Dalmatian dog was found in Croatia, an altar painting in Veli Losinj dating to 1600-1630 and a fresco in Zaostrog.

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