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Dalmatian

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Breed
FCI-6
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Original Name : Dalmatinac

Type : Braccoid

Male size : 22-24 inches

Male weight : 59½-70½ lbs

Female size : 21¼-23¼ inches

Female weight : 53-64 lbs

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Countries of origin : Croatia

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As well as stars of the silver screen, Dalmatians are versatile sporting dogs that are well suited to many different disciplines. The breed was reassigned from Group 10 (Sighthounds) to Group 6 to give emphasis to the athletic prowess of Dalmatians, confirming that they need to have an active outdoor life.

Head+

Fairly long, with flat skull, broad between the ears, well defined temples.

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Body+

Well defined withers, powerful, straight back, muscular, lean, slightly arched loins, very slightly sloping croup.

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Coat+

Pure white, with black or brown spots.

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Ears+

Set rather high, medium-sized, rather broad at the base, carried close to the head.

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Tail+

Reaching approximately to the hock, strong at the base, tapering gradually to the tip.

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Hair+

Short, hard, dense, smooth, glossy.

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The first subjects imported into the United Kingdom in the early 20th century were they were known among other things, as coach dogs. The British were responsible for laying the foundations of the modern breed, which they prized as an original in many respects. It was here that the first breed standard was published for these accomplished athletes. Dalmatians are well balanced dogs with highly distinctive spots. Vigorous, muscular and lively, symmetrical in outline and free of any coarseness, dogs of this breed are capable of great endurance at a fair pace.

Did you know ?

The Brits set the main breed characteristics of the Dalmatian at the beginning of the 20th century, but Croatia was named as its native country by the F.C.I. in 1994.

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