Dalmatians character, features and attitudeIn a whole series of public appearances representatives of the dog breed of Dalmatians put themselves in the scene. They accompany stagecoaches. Fire trucks over long distances.
Meanwhile, they warn other road users with loud barking before the approaching companions or protect the transported freight.
Film lovers see them in 1961 as the London Dalmatian couple Pongo and Perdi. The story of the successful cartoon comes after thirty-five years once again with real actors and great success on the cinema screens worldwide.
With the film success the demand for the spotted cinema heroes increases and calls less serious, profit-oriented breeders on the plan. Today the Dalmatian is a healthy distance away from a fashionable dog, for the animals and their owners this is a blessing.
The Dalmatians, which American fire stations like to choose as mascots, are physically as well as mentally very agile representatives.
Movement may be almost unlimited, running is in their blood. Two to four hours of exercise per day are allowed, in order to do justice to the persistent runner, who can travel at considerable speed.
The Dalmatian is the ideal companion dog for sporty engaged people.
Where there is something going on, he feels at home. He accompanies his owners running beside the bicycle, on their ways in free nature or at the side of the horse. Here the running rhythm of the two different animals is nice to see. The many facets of dog sport offer owners. Dog ample opportunity for shared experiences.
Thus demanded, there is hardly any reason for the English pedigree dog to bring unrest in his turn into the family everyday life. Sensitive and attentive, he is ready for any kind of play to inspire.
In terms of character, the Dalmatian is a naturally easy to train, adaptable domestic dog, which is characterized by a special love of children and intelligence. Although extroverted and lively, he actually barks only when something special has occurred.
Nevertheless, he is also suitable as a guard dog, because he is very brave and does not show any fear to defend himself if necessary.
Otherwise, he is not aggressive, has a good sense of who is his master and is friendly to the whole family, which makes him a loyal playmate for children.
He is extremely persistent, at a moderate trot he can follow horses almost endlessly. His innate urge to move requires regular exercise.
He is used to acting independently and accepts tasks given to him well. Even if the medium-sized dog is predominantly described as easily trainable, without a consistent school it does not go.
Especially the males get into a dominant role for lack of leadership.
This trait is neither desired nor tolerated towards other dogs or within the family pack. It is up to the owner to make the order of precedence experienced early and throughout.
Early contact with other conspecifics helps to prevent dominance behavior from arising in the first place. At first, the Dalmatian is cautious towards strangers. Free from the compulsion to constantly yap, he makes a good guardian. Absolutely he wants to live in the company of people.
This includes the older children who are considerate in dealing with dogs and are supervised by adults. Dalmatians a long. Multi-faceted history attributed to them. They should belong to the oldest breeds at all.
Most of this is not supported by evidence, although black spotted dogs can already be seen on ancient Greek wall paintings. In the FCI standard for the standard number 153 Croatia is mentioned as origin.
The stay at European noble courts and the further development of the breed there, on the other hand, is widely accepted among cynologists. Especially in the 19. In the nineteenth century the English aristocrats. French nobles of the beauties.
Around the exact Origin of the Dalmatian many legends are entwined until today. Already in the 14. In the nineteenth century were known white dogs with dark spots, which were later called Bracken.
Since he came especially as a status symbol of the British nobility in the public eye, many think his origin lies in England.
Some experts, however, claim that it came from India and then was taken by gypsies to Eastern Europe, including Dalmatia. In some places, however, it is claimed that he actually comes from Egypt or Greece.
From Dalmatia was reported very early about the breed and also its name comes from there, therefore it was finally recognized as a Yugoslavian breed. Since he resembles the appearance of a Vorsteherhund except for the spots, a relationship between the two is to be amed. It is also very similar to the small-eared Eastern European Hounds with their short-fitting coat.
But since these two possible ancestors developed each other, until today there is a dispute about the origin of the Dalmatian, especially since his pedigree is also very difficult to determine due to the fact that he is neither used as a hunting dog nor as a tracking dog.
Various experts believe it is either a pointing dog, running dog, guard dog or sheep herding dog, but it is also considered in some places as a draft dog and even as a rat catcher.
In any case, since the Middle Ages he was known throughout Europe as a companion dog for horses. Especially the English nobility appreciated him as a companion of their carriages, where he was originally used to protect the travelers from highwaymen, but more and more served representational purposes. But also the common people found more. More like the Dalmatian. They got their honorary name "Firehouse Dog" from the fact that they cleared the way in London for the fire extinguishing trains, which were still pulled by horses at that time.
In the course of time they became real mascots, especially in the United States the image of the faithful Dalmatian on the front seat of a fire engine has become established in the public mind.
There breeders also organize exercises, which test the abilities of the Dalmatian as a companion of horse-drawn carriages, which is due to the fact that he has remained friendly to horses to this day.
Their popularity was greatly increased by the book "101 Dalmatians", published in England in 1956 and filmed as a cartoon by Walt Disney in 1959. The interest, especially among children, has continued to this day, also due to the Hollywood films of the book, which were made a few years ago.
A first breed standard appears in England in 1882, the recognition of the breed occurs eight years later. The Dalmatian offspring sees the light of day with a uniform white coat. ten to fourteen days pass before the first dark spots become visible.
In the beginning of the second year of life, the distribution of spots and plates is finally determined.
The recognition value of the four-legged friends is high. The black and white to liver spots are two to three centimeters in diameter and generously distributed.
The attractive coat covers 56 to 61 centimeters tall dogs weighing 27 to 32 kilograms, with bitches remaining slightly smaller and lighter.
The thin coat of the slender and muscular body with the sickle-shaped tail is smooth and short. Dense and shiny it is trained without undercoat. This is due to the low level of care required.