Distinctive, strong and muscular. The Dalmatian is a very loyal and devoted family pet and makes a great companion dog. Outgoing and friendly, the Dalmatian tends to be free from nervousness and aggression.
Synonymous with the Disney movie 101 Dalmatians, the athletic Dalmatian belongs to the pointer group of dogs. He is outgoing and friendly, and his distinctive spots make him one of the most recognisable dog breeds around.
Typical size of a Dalmatian: Large: 48cm-58cm
Dalmatians require more than 2 hours exercise each day, which should be considered before you choose this breed.
There’s no reason why your Dalmatian shouldn’t live a long and happy life. However, being aware of the ailments your dog will be more prone to, along with the associated symptoms, can help you to deal with any health issues that crop up.
Deafness at birth (known as congenital deafness) is can be inherited in Dalmatians. How this condition is inherited is not fully understood, but it is believed to be controlled by many different genes, possibly with additional breed-specific risk factors.
The BAER (Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response) test is used to check the hearing of a dog. The test checks if the brain responds to noise (usually a clicking sound) and is a reliable way to see if a Dalmatian is deaf and to what extent. The test does not measure the full range of a dog's hearing; it only checks noises in the normal human range (some dogs will test as ‘deaf’ but can still hear very high-pitched noises).
Dalmatians are also prone to urinary stones, epilepsy, skin allergies and obesity which can cause significant health issues to joints, as well as metabolic and digestive disorders, back pain and heart disease.
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Though they have a short coat, Dalmatians are known to shed and require regular grooming. You should aim to brush your Dalmatian at least twice per week using a suitable brush or grooming mit. Always brush down to the skin to ensure you’re stimulating hair follicles that will encourage shedding.
As with other dog breeds, another area that will need your attention is his teeth, and you should brush these at least once a week to ensure they stay free from plaque build-up and tartar. Nobody really likes a trip to the dentist – not even your dog, but special toothbrushes and toothpastes are available so you can be sure he gets his oral hygiene fix.
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