Originating in the former Yugoslavia, the Dalmatian became very popular as a carriage dog in the 1800s, trotting alongside horse-drawn vehicles, especially fire engines.
The Dalmatian is alert and active, possessing great endurance, speed and intelligence. Their working and sporting heritage makes them suitable as both a family pet or performance animal. They require daily walks and are good at agility and dog sports. When full grown, its weight normally ranges between 35 and 70 pounds (16 and 32 kg) and it stands from 19 to 24 inches (48 to 61 cm) tall. Dalmatian puppies are born with plain white coats and their first spots usually appear within three weeks after birth.
Although a popular pet for households with children (more due to the Disney films “101 Dalmatians” than suitability), pet families should be aware of this breeds high-energy needs before adopting into homes with young ones.