Breed At A Glance: Dalmatian - Wagr Petcare

    Breed At A Glance: Dalmatian



    • Lifespan: Typically 11-13 years
    • Size: Medium to large (19-24 inches tall)
    • Maintenance Level: Medium
    • Shed Level: High
    • Temperament: Loyal, Intelligent, Energetic
    • Friendliness: High with family, may be aloof with strangers
    • Barking Tendency: Moderate
    • Coat Colours: Predominantly white with black or liver spots

    Best For

    • Active families or individuals who can provide ample exercise
    • Owners who enjoy participating in dog sports and activities


    • Iconic spotted coat
    • Muscular build, known for their long silhouette and short legs
    • Weighs around 20 to 30 kilograms


    • Originally bred for hunting, now known for their energetic and brave personality
    • Independent, often willing to take charge
    • Charming nature makes them a popular choice

    Care Guide

    • Grooming: Regular brushing needed due to shedding
    • Training: Starts best at a young age; independent nature requires consistent training
    • Diet & Nutrition: Balanced diet, careful not to overfeed
    • Exercise: High energy, requires plenty of physical activity
    • Ideal Environment: Thrives in an active household; not suitable for being left alone for long periods


    • Bladder Stones: Prone to urinary stones; may require surgery and special diet
    • Deafness: High incidence of deafness; special training for deaf dogs needed
    • Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM): Can lead to heart failure; regular veterinary monitoring required
    • Dalmatian Bronzing Syndrome: Skin condition; may require medication and special care

    Additional Information

    • Feeding Recommendations: May need a low-purine diet due to risk of bladder stones
    • Training Challenges: Intelligent but independent; positive reinforcement works best
    • Grooming Needs: Regular grooming; attention to coat, nails, and teeth
    • Good Family Dog: Yes, great with children and other pets when socialized
    • Intelligence: High; responds well to training
    • Energy Level: Very active; needs plenty of exercise
    • Health Concerns: Prone to certain hereditary conditions; regular veterinary care important

    Grooming Guide

    • Skin Care: Regular checks; may need special care for skin conditions
    • Coat Care: Weekly brushing; bathing as needed
    • Eye Care: Regular checks; watch for signs of eye problems
    • Ear Care: Regular cleaning to prevent infections.

    Curious to know more? Check out our Dalmatian guide!

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