The Dalmatian is a well known breed which has its origins in Croatia. This breed is well- muscled, mid- sized and elegant dog. The nails of this breed can be white or the same color as the spots. The ears are thin, tapering toward the tip, set fairly high and carried close to the head. A Dalmatian may have between 48 to 61 cm at the withers and the weight is between 16 to 32 kilos. The number of puppies a female Dalmatian can give birth is between 6 to 8.
The coat of this breed is short, dense, fine and smooth at touch. When born, the puppies are completely white, and their spots come in gradually over the period of a couple of weeks. The most familiar colors for this breed are black or liver spotted on a white background. Other spotting colors are blue, orange or lemon, brindle or mosaic. The Dalmatian has its eyes colored in brown, amber or blue, but sometimes a dog may have one blue eye and one brown eye.
The dogs which belong to this breed have a high guarding instinct with the persons that they do not know but they can be very friendly and loyal to those that these dogs know and trust. Having a strong hunting instinct , these dogs are an excellent exterminator of rats and vermin. Like any other dogs, Dalmatians suffer from dysplasia, bone spurs and arthritic conditions. Most of their health problems result from the onset of old age: the average Dalmatian lives between 12 to 14 years. This is why many people choose this breed when they want to have a new pet. To this extent, if you are looking for a gift for someone who owns a Dalmatian, there is nothing better than a dog house gift. Your friend’s dog will have a great time and your friend will be delighted by your gift.
The Dalmatian breed became famous for the first time in the novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians and later due to the Walt Disney films which based on that book. Later, at the releasing of the second film, this breed suffered a lot at the hands irresponsible breeders and inexperienced owners. Most of the irrefutable breeders and puppy mulls cashed in on the breed`s rising popularity , and began breeding a large number of Dalmatians without first ensuring and health, temperament and quality of the dogs being bred.
Those dogs which belong to this breed must be trained. One important thing which must not be forgotten is that these dogs must be trained but also they must be socialized. If you give a proper environment and care, the dog is a responsible and loving one.
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