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Sunday, 31 August 2014


Their name refers to Dalmatia, a region now in Croatia, where the earliest written records of the breed in the early 18th century showed that it was used for a variety of functions.

The Dalmatian was seen as the height of carriage accessory fashion in Britain and France in the nineteenth century. They were used by aristocracy as a coach dog to trot beside carriages and protect them from highwaymen, but later used strictly as a companion dog.

Dalmatians have a natural affinity for horses, and were popularized as firefighter's dogs because they were used to calm and guard the horses that pulled the firefighters' carriages back in the day. The breed also cleared the way for firemen on the way to the scene of a fire.

The popular book 101 Dalmatians (1956) and subsequent Disney movie propelled the Dalmatian breed to fame.

Dalmatians are born spotless: at first pure white, their spots develop as they age.

In the film 101 Dalmatians, every Dalmatian puppy has precisely 32 spots.

Source Compton's Interactive Encyclopedia © 1998 The Learning Company, Inc.

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