The ‘Noblest’ of Dog Breeds: Dalmatian Dog Breed

Did you know dalmatians are born without their distinguishing spots? It’s true, the dalmatian dog breed gets their spots as they age. And, like snowflakes, no two dalmatians have the same spotted pattern. If you’re looking for more info on these beautiful, majestic creatures, like their barking habits, trainability, and grooming needs, you’ve come to the right place.

Do Dalmatians Bark a Lot?

For the most part, dalmatian temperament is docile, friendly, and quiet — though they can be highly energetic. Dalmatians need a considerable amount of daily exercise — we are talking at least 2 hours of physical and mental stimulation every day. Miss that and you’re likely to find your dalmatian chewing and excessively barking. This breed does not like to be left alone and may bark because he’s lonely and bored.

Why Dalmatians bark

Any time dalmatians bark it’s to let you know something going on. That’s how dogs communicate. In fact, dalmatians are famous for their barks, thanks to the “twilight bark” scene in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians where fellow canines let each other know that Pongo and Perdita’s puppies were missing!

Dalmatians can be howlers, for many reasons including responding to emergency sirens, or expressing pain, loneliness, anxiety, and sadness. They also howl to announce their presence to other dogs. 

Although you’ll never get a dog to stop barking entirely, nor should you want to, once you have determined the cause there are a few things you can do to reduce your dalmatian’s barking fits. 

  • Regular socialization reduces a dalmatian’s anxiety and apprehension. Expose them to positive experiences when they are as young as 3-12 weeks old. The rule of thumb is a pup should meets 100 people, 100 dogs, and 100 experiences by the time it’s 3 months old. For dalmations, make it 101!
  • Don’t stop in puppy-hood. Continue to expose your pet to new places, people and other dogs throughout its life.
  • Exercise your dog before you leave it at home alone. A tired dog is a quiet dog.
  • Use a radio, TV or smart speaker to drown out background noises with pleasant music, white noise or other sounds.

Learn how you can use an ultrasonic training tool to stop unwanted dog behaviors, like annoying barking, and teach your dog to follow your commands.

Facts About Dalmatians 

Underneath the eye-catching spots of dalmatians, you’ll find a dignified and reserved breed, with a slight reputation for being aloof, especially with strangers. Dalmatians are loving and loyal, making them reliable watchdogs. With plenty of stamina, dalmatians are strong, athletic dogs making them the perfect companion if you’re a runner or hiker. However, this breed is also quite comfy, chilling at home with his humans.

Size: Dalmatians are muscular and well-proportioned. They stand 19-24 inches tall and weigh 45-70 pounds.

Life expectancy: Dalmatians tend to live 11-13 years.

Coat: Dalmatians have a distinctive smooth white coat covered with black or liver-colored spots.

AKC group: Dalmatians belong to the AKC non-sporting group.

Are Dalmatians Easy to Train?

Dalmatians are sensitive dogs, so expose your puppy to a variety of situations and people from a young age, to reduce fear and anxiety. They respond well to reward-based positive reinforcement training (lots of praise and training treats). This breed, while not the most difficult to train, isn’t the easiest either. The younger your dog is when you begin training, the more effective. Likewise, we recommend socializing your dog as early as possible, and enroll in puppy training classes so you both learn new tricks. Practice makes perfect — be consistent and make sure everyone who regularly visits understands that you have a dog in training.

Does the Dalmatian Dog Breed Need Grooming?

Although this dog breed is a frequent shedder, the coat’s upkeep is quite simple. Weekly brushing with a rubber curry comb or horsehair mitt will remove dead hairs and keep them from covering your clothes, furniture, and floors.

Occasional baths will maintain your dalmatian’s beautiful coat. Trim nails at least once a month and check ears regularly. Because a dalmatian’s floppy ears can be difficult to clean, ask your vet how to clean your dog’s ears and what cleaning products you should use.

What If My Breed Is a Dalmatian Mix?

Lucky you! While there no guarantees about a dalmatian mix’s characteristics, any combination will likely produce an adorable dog. Although deemed a healthy breed overall, dalmatians face a couple of issues; one is deafness. Before breeding, it’s crucial to test the parent dalmatian for hearing loss. If you already have a dalmatian mix and don’t know its lineage, ask your vet to test your pet’s hearing. Dalmatians can also develop bladder or kidney stones.

Here are some popular Dalmatian mixes:

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