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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Dalmatian

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 are traditional fire house mascots because they get along with horses.

Back when fire engines were drawn by horses, Dalmatians were kept in the firehouse to deter horse thieves. The breed also cleared the way for firemen on the way to the scene of a fire.

Back when fire engines were drawn by horses, Dalmatians were kept in the firehouse to deter horse thieves.

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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