Dalmatians are certainly fine-looking dogs. But have you ever noticed a Dalmatian cross breed dog? Most of them are just as “spotty”!
The Carriage Dog, or Dalmatian as we know him, is a prominent breed of canines, not to mention all of the Dalmatian cross breeds too. There are other notable titles, for our favourite spotted dog. The Dal, the Spotted Coach Dog, the Spotted Dick, the Firehouse Dog, the Plum Pudding dog and the English Coach Dog.
Origins and history
This breed has a very stimulating and sentimental history. Although these days, the Dalmatian is a very recognisable breed, it has a mysterious heritage. The breed is thought to have first appeared in Africa, Asia and Europe, findings supported by engravings and writings that have been discovered. The dogs are also thought to have been owned by groups of nomadic Gypsies.
In 1791, Thomas Bewick initiated the name, Dalmation, but at this time there were no known dogs of this type living in his country, Dalmatia. Consequently, an air of mystery surrounds their origins. Around the mid-1900s, an English ship-owner took his dogs overseas, to Dalmatia, which is an area close to the Adriatic Sea. It was here, that he lived and bred his dogs, and where the breed was first established.
Sporting and Working Dalmatians
The breed’s intelligence and eagerness to complete any tasks makes them suitable for multiple missions. Consequently, they make brilliant sporting dogs when hunting birds. They are certainly used for stag and boar hunting and as trail hounds. Another role the Dalmatian takes is as a coach dog. In days gone by, they would trot alongside the horses pulling coaches. Obviously, they didn’t pull the vehicles but were more like security, transport guards. Other Dalmatian dogs appear on the stage and in circuses.
Dalmatian cross breeds of dogs
Over the years, the Dalmatian breed has been mixed successfully with various other canine groups. The Dalmatian himself is a strong dog with a huge personality and character. Here are some of the Dalmatian mix breeds when crossed with other canine types.
Bodacion – Border Collie and Dalmation cross
The resulting puppy when 2 purebred dogs are mated, producing a half breed canine. In this case, crossing the Dalmation with the Border Collie produces a medium to larger size dog. A very friendly breed that will almost certainly develop a bond with just one person.
Height: 15 – 22 inches
Weight: 26 to 40 pounds
Life Span: 12 – 15 years
Bullmation – Bulldog and Dalmation cross
Although not a thoroughbred cross, the Bullmation is an irresistible, friendly dog. A very sociable pet and very family orientated. As a result of their cheerful disposition, they make and accept new companions without any issues. Picking up on the excitable nature from the Dalmation parent, and the stature of the Bulldog, the Bullmation is a fantastic crossbreed.
Height: 15 – 23 inches
Weight: 40 to 65 pounds
Life Span: 10 – 12 years
Dalcorgi – Dalmation cross with a Corgi
This crossed breed dog is also known as a Corgi-Dalmation mix. They are almost all intelligent, chirpy dogs that make delightful family pets. His coat has the spotted appearance of his parent, the Dalmation while he has the Corgi’s sturdy, low set legs.
Height: 10 – 12 inches
Weight: 20 to 50 pounds
Life Span: 10 – 15 years
Dalmador – Labrador and Dalmation mix
First of all, these pups take their genes from both parents. They are a crossover breed as a result of both parents being thoroughbred canines. As a result of this, different physical and personality traits can be different, dependant on the dominant parental genes. Both parents are very intelligent, social dogs and the resulting pups are very much the same. Certainly, Dalmadors are very sociable dogs, quite happy around other pets, children and meeting new people.
Height: 19 – 24 inches
Weight: 48 to 80 pounds
Life Span: 10 – 14 years
Sharmation – Dalmation and Chinese Shar Pei cross
These gorgeous crossbreed pups have amazing personalities. Their coats usually pick up on the spotty Dalmation identity. Consequently, they tend to be quite short and shed hair only a small amount. The Sharmation offspring make very sociable and responsive family pets.
Height: 18 – 24 inches
Weight: 40 to 60 pounds
Life Span: 10 – 12 years
There are also several other crossbreeding unions that produce remarkable Dalmation cross puppies. For instance, breeding a Dalmation and a Bassett Hound gives us a Bassamatian. Breeding with a Pitbull produces a Pitmation and with a Golden Retriever, a Goldmation. As you can expect, all of the puppies take some of the startling, spotted markings from the parent Dalmation dog.
Having a Dalmation cross breed as a family pet
The parent Dalmation is a very loyal and obedient dog, with a lovely nature and lots of charisma. Almost all his offspring will inherit some of these traits, but will also, of course, have physical and character features from the other parent too. As a result of these qualities, although they make outstanding family pets, the Dalmation cross puppies do have a nature to protect and guard objects. It seems like the best idea is to always supervise when other small pets or young children are around.
Remember too, that these dogs love lots of exercise and playtimes. As with most dogs, the implementation of early training and social skills will certainly reduce any temperamental and behaviour problems.