White body with the solids of black, Dalmatian is the chocolate boy of dogs.

It is the canine you recognize with a look and go with a stare.

Best known for its fondness of running, the dog’s pedigree belongs to a region named Dalmatia which now is a part of the country Croatia. 

A Dalmatian puppy is born without solid spots and the history of the dog’s special skin is obscure.

Quick Facts

Avg. Weight: 45-70 pounds

Avg. Height: 19-24 inches

Life Expectancy: 11-13 years

Dog Group: non-sporting dog group

Colours: liver and white, black and white

Other Names: dals, dally, plum pudding dog, carriage dog, firehouse dog

Dog Rank: 56/193 (United States of America)

At A Glance

  • Size (3/5)

The magnificent Dalmatian dog is a medium-size muscular dog with high-class agility weighing about 40-70 pounds with an average height of 19-24 inches.

The Dalmatians are perfectly sized dog breed with a sleek body and smooth coat.    

  • Affection Level (5/5)

All dogs of this canine are very affectionate with their family, particularly the little children.

The dog is a choice you should make if you are someone who is into regular running, jogging or cycling.

  • Apartment-Friendly (2/5)

The dog has a long history of having noble occupations from being carriage dogs to fire-fighter dogs and lastly as amazing companion dogs.

These naturally outgoing dogs prefer large houses to that of apartments.

However, many from the Dalmatian breed have proven to be comfortable in apartments as well.

  • Cold Weather Tolerability (3/5)

Worrying about your Dal’s health? Aha, then please keep the dog away from the bitter cold that the dog finds difficult to adjust to.

They perform well in moderate climates with lots of play and sufficient water to drink.

  • Hot Weather Tolerability (4/5)

Sunnyside up! Yes, that is what your Dalmatian would have said if given the ability to talk.

The dog adores moderate climate and will do really well in hot weather.

You need to make sure the pooch has excess to enough of fresh and clean water to keep it hydrated at all times.

  • Barking Tendencies (2/5)

Dals do bark, but not that would create a nuisance.

Their barking tendency would require a purpose.

The dogs are pleasant overall and would bark when in need of play and exercise.

  • Cat-Friendly (3/5)

Dalmatians will make your home an animal-friendly one with its history of being good with other animals including cats in the house.

Dalmatian puppies need a gradual introduction with cats around the house and once the two get along, you will need a purpose to break the bond.   

  • Dog-Friendly (4/5)

You need to know that this breed is a lover of horses.

This love spreads to other dogs and similar animals as well.

Dalmatian temperament is of a dog who will want play and play, with it with humans or other dogs.

  • Exercise Needs (5/5)

If there is a breed that requires ten on ten exercising then it is the spotty Dalmatian dog.

The canine has a history of running and trotting along with horses and this makes them prime candidates as cross-country runners.   

  • Grooming Needs (5/5)

The silky smooth coat isn’t a problem with the groom.

But the breed will require a little more grooming care than just normal.

The breed is said to shed a lot and needs at least once in a day brushing.

Also, maintaining daily dental hygiene and nail trimming is essential for a Dalmatian.    

  • Playfulness (4/5)                                                                          

Your Dalmatian pooch will always be up for a play.

The dog is at its best when given the time to play with its family and other pet friends.

Apart from these, the breed is very fond of horses who are one of their greatest playmates.   

  • Trainability (4/5)

The dogs belonging to the Dalmatian breed are observed to be good adapters.

They will quickly adapt to what you make them learn.

It is essential to give the Dalmatian puppy with basic training such as obedience training, potty training, etc.

  • Intelligence (4/5)

Underneath the spotted white skin, is a body that is born to be rightly intelligent and smart enough to follow clear instructions when being trained.

The dog is not for everyone.

These intelligent living beings need a task that is constantly challenging the brain.

  • Mouthiness (2/5)

Dalmatian dogs can be mouthy.

You need to train the dog well to control its licking and biting nature.

The breed drools as well.

Groom your dog regularly to reduce its drooling habits.

  • Price Group (3/5)

Dalmatians gained popularity from the animated movie Dalmatian 101.

This led to their hike in price all across the world.

Dalmatian dogs for sale would cost you $500 to $1,000 on average.

About the breed


Surprisingly, the Dalmatian puppies aren’t born with attractive black spots.

The spots are likely to appear after 3-4 weeks.

Dalmatian temperament at its puppy stage is of a dog that is innocent, chewy and curious to know about things around.

They weigh not more than 2 lbs in size as pups.



Adult Dalmatian dogs are medium-sized spotty animals that come in spots of liver or pure black in color.

A fully grown from this breed weighs about 70 pounds on an average.

One of the many Dalmatian facts includes that the dog has a unique urinary system than that of other dogs.

W>Where The Breed Came From?

dog from croatia

What history tells us is that this unique dog traveled from its native place known as Dalmatia, where the breed gets its name from.

Today this place is in Croatia where the dog was a popular one around horses and carriages.

The Dalmatians guarded the border regions of its country that brings in the natural guarding ability of the dog.

Several paintings have shown them around horses.

The name carriage dog was given for this reason.



Dals are medium-sized dogs. They form the square shape when looked closely.

The average Dalmatian weight is 45-70 pounds and 19-24 inches in height.

The body of a Dalmatian dog is sleek, well-coated and perfect for its size.

Dals are runners by birth and long runs with a lot of fun play are very important aspects of keeping the dog in its best size and shape.