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Family: Scenthound, Pointer
Area of origin: Yugoslavia
Original function: carriage dog
Average size of male: Ht: 19-23, Wt: 40-60
Average size of female: Ht: 19-23, Wt: 40-60
Other names: none

Dalmatian Dog Temperament

Bred to run for miles, the Dalmatian retains this tireless enthusiasm. It is a playful, eager companion that must get daily hard exercise in a safe area if he is expected to behave at home. He loves to run and may roam. He is generally good with other pets and is especially good with horses. He tends to be reserved toward strangers. He can be stubborn.

Note: Deaf Dalmatians present special training and behavioral problems. They are not advised for families with children.

Dalmatian Dog Care

The Dalmatian needs a lot of regular exercise and attention. He needs more than a short walk on leash; he makes a good jogging companion. The Dalmatian's needs can also be met with vigorous games and runs. Although the Dal needs shelter, soft bedding and, most of all, companionship. Thus, he is best allowed to live in the house and play in the yard. The coat needs only minimal care, but more frequent brushing will help remove dead hair.

Dalmatian Dog Health

Major concerns: deafness, urolithiasis
Minor concerns: allergies, epilepsy
Occasionally seen: CHD, vWD
Suggested tests: hearing
Life span: 12-14 years
Note: A unique defect of the Dalmatian is its inability to metabolize
uric acid into allantoin, which leads to the tendency to form urinary
calculi (stones).

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