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The Dalmatian breed has been around for many years.  In fact, it is considered a very old breed that existed in the middle 18th century.  Its origins are unclear, but it is believed that the Dalmatian originated in Dalmatia, a region in Croatia, thus its name.

Dalmatians have always been pictured as firehouse mascots.  This is because in the olden days when fire wagons in fire departments were horse-drawn, the Dalmatian, with its strong affinity with horses, cleared the path for horses to travel.  They were also counted on to calm the horses at the fire scene while all the commotion and confusion went on.  Horses may no longer be used in firehouses these days, but Dalmatians would probably still be found in some of them.

Born white, the Dalmatian’s spots show only after a couple of weeks after birth.  The spots are either black or “liver” in color.

Dalmatians are intelligent and people-oriented. They want nothing more than to be in the company of their owners.  They are also clean by nature, with little to none of the “doggy odor”.

Popularized by the 1956 novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians written by Continue reading “Dalmatians”