It is probably hard to imagine a person living in a civilized world who would not know a Dalmatian dog. The cartoon, and later the Walt Disney movie “101 Dalmatians,” made these animals famous everywhere. By the way, after the release of this touching story, the popularity of the breed soared to heaven. Which is not surprising.
The exact origin of the Dalmatian is unknown, but the first evidence relates to … Gypsies. Yes, you heard right – it was this stray people who used dogs in performances and hunting. Actually, the name of the breed Dalmatian itself refers to a territory called Dalmatia, which corresponds to the current Croatia. Apparently, dogs were very fond of this area – they were used not only by Gypsies, but literally by all in a wide variety of areas (although they came to Dalmatia, apparently with roving Gypsies). Dalmatians acted as shepherds, rat-catchers, retriever, circus dogs. Continue reading