Dalmatian is known as a Fireman Dog since it is the mascot of firefighters in both the U.S. and the UK.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Dalmatian.
1) Unknown History
Like many other old breeds, the origins of the Dalmatian are hard to pin down. Some people believe the dogs come from Dalmatia, a region in modern day Croatia. The canines were dogs of war and used as sentinels. Others believe the dogs are as old as the ancient Egyptians—paintings of spotted dogs running by chariots can be found in the tombs.
2) Born Spotless
Dalmatian puppies are born white, without spots. Spots start appearing when the puppy is about 10 to 14 days old, and spots continue to appear on the dog's body as it grows.
No two dalmatians have the same number and pattern of spots. Your dal's coat is absolutely one-of-a-kind, just like a snowflake. Cruella DeVille probably didn't know this fact when she was plotting to make herself a dalmatian coat. If she'd succeeded, the pattern wouldn't have matched. While most dals are white with black spots, others are white with liver, or brown spots. These two colors are permitted in the breed standard. Dals with yellow spots or tri-colored dals, those with brown and black spots, can't be exhibited in the show ring.While the spotting process slows as the dog ages, even older dals continue to get new spots.
4) Many Purposes
The breed is very versatile and has been used for many purposes over the years. They're talented sporting dogs, and are used as birding dogs, trail hounds, boar hunters, and retrievers. What's more, thanks to an excellent memory and interesting coat, the pooches made good performers on the stage and in the circus.
5) George Washington
The first president was an avid dog fan and was known to be an early breeder of Dals. His coach dog was a Dalmatian named Madame Moose.
6) The Movie
101 Dalmatians in any of its several screen versions might have been your introduction to the breed. The downside of those popular films is that some viewers decide the dal is the breed for them without doing the right research, and unscrupulous breeders start mass-producing poorly-bred puppies. That means many dals ended up in shelters when their owners realize what an energetic dog they bought. If you really want a dal, research the breed and only buy from a reputable breeder.
Up to 12 percent of Dalmatians are deaf, according to the Dalmatian Club of America. Many other dals can hear in only one ear.
Dalmatians are very intelligent and, as a result, very independent dogs. Without the proper training, they can be willful and stubborn. The demanding dogs need a lot of attention and exercise. Don’t get a Dal unless you’re ready to wake up early and go for long walks.
Because they were bred to follow coaches and spent a great deal of time in the stable, dals tend to get along very well with horses. If you trail ride, a well-trained dal can easily keep up with you and your horse.
10) Living with Dalmatian
Dalmatians thrive on human companionship, and if left alone too long they can become destructive or they will pout and act depressed. This dog is for someone who wants to spend time with a pet. Dalmatians also need lots of exercise to dispel boundless energy. They are probably not suitable for apartment-dwellers unless the family is committed to long, daily walks or runs. The Dalmatian is more suited to living where he can romp and run.