Other names : Dalmatinski pas, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Leopard Carriage Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog

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Life expectancy

The Dalmatian has a life expectancy of between 10 and 12 years




Adult size

Female Between 21 and 24 in
Male Between 22 and 24 in

Adult weight

Female Between 53 and 71 lb
Male Between 53 and 71 lb
Coat colour
Type of coat
Short Hard
Eye colour

Purchase price

The Dalmatian costs between £560 and £710

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More details about the Dalmatian

Dalmatian: Origins and history

His origins remain a source of controversy, and several countries claim to be his birthplace, yet the FCI has determined the breed’s roots as Croatian, even if certain experts believe it to be oriental, while others English. England is, at any rate, one of its adoptive homelands. Presumably bred for the purpose of hunting, a theory backed by his Pointer dog aspect, he was quick to become a ‘coach dog’, before eventually ‘graduating’ onto companion dog- he never will be a ‘toy dog’ though. The Dalmatian is actually a remarkably good hunting dog, contrary to popular belief. The first official standards for the breed were established in 1890, right around the same time as the creation of the English Dalmatian Club. The FCI then published the standards in 1955.

FCI classification of the Dalmatian

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 3 : Related breeds

Training a Dalmatian

Usually perceived as quite an independent animal, the Dalmatian is in fact very stubborn, especially if his owner does not understand him and does not treat him as an equal, which is the only treatment this proud dog will accept. Any show of brutality towards this Croatian dog will be destined to failure and will only serve to sully the master-dog relationship. 

The Dalmatian is considered the professional dog trainer’s ‘achilles’ heel’. He is, indeed, difficult to train. It is important to set some boundaries for him from a young age and to maintain a coherent exchange with him, without which communication will be rendered impossible. 

Novice or overly lax owners will quickly become overwhelmed by this strong-tempered dog. A strict yet respectful handling, consisting of positive-reinforcement methods, will be crucial. 

It is only with a healthy dose of patience, determination and perseverance that the Dalmatian’s owners will obtain satisfactory results.

Dalmatian: Purchase price

The price of a Dalmatian varies depending on its origins, age, and sex. You have to count an average of £710 for dogs registered at the Kennel Club. 

With regards to the monthly budget required to meet the needs of a dog of this size, you have to estimate an average of £40 per month.

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