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.
But, so to speak, the Dalmatian received his final and most important place in life in England, thanks to the professionalism of the breeders. They developed dogs into a full-fledged breed, developing certain standards and determining the most effective use. Dalmatian cleared the way in front of the horses, ran near the carriage, guarded the horses and the crew during the rest. Even today, the Dalmatian breed has a natural affinity for horses.
Accordingly, the Dalmatians were also used as service dogs to accompany the ambulance and fire brigades, and in America it was even more popular than in England. It was the inner proximity to the horses, and the lack of fear of them, that made the Dalmatians the most used dogs to accompany various types of vehicles. In addition, they served as guard dogs at ambulance stations at hospitals, and at fire stations.
The Dalmatian dog breed is a thin, but strong and muscular animal with an aesthetic and proportional physique. The muzzle is elongated, ears are folded. The limbs are slightly longer than average, the chest is pronounced, as is the abdominal cavity. The coat is short, soft, thick and shiny. The color is white in a black spot.
To say that the Dalmatian breed has a high level of energy means to say nothing. This is a born fidget, who is always happy to be the soul of the company, and longs for new adventures. Dalmatians are ready to spend all their free time on the street, they will go to the ends of the world with you and this will be the best thing for them in life.
If you do not have enough free time to provide the dog with long and active walks, do not start this breed. Since if the animal does not receive the necessary level of activity and physical activity, it becomes unhappy, sad, it has an appetite and a tendency to chew on everything that surrounds it. In this case, furniture in your apartment, shoes, doorposts, etc.
Keep in mind that Dalmatians are as smart as active. They can be tricky and stubborn. Therefore, everyone who starts this breed should be aware that he will need to carry out consistent educational work. The goal is to make it clear to the dog that you see its tricks through and, so to speak, “not being conducted”, and secondly, to develop obedience, getting rid of stubbornness. And, at the same time, the Dalmatian loves his masters and his family very much, this is for him the first living creatures in the universe, of course, if the master is not an inadequate tyrant.
Therefore, the dog of the Dalmatian breed always tries to please the owners, and receives internal satisfaction from this. In the circle of his family, or friends of the family whom the dog knows and also loves, there is no living creature more affectionate, friendly and faithful. With these animals it is always interesting – they can entertain with their funny tricks, and in general – they are very lively, giving the impression of intelligent creatures who understand everything that happens around them.
They require early socialization, acquaintance with children, other animals, they need to get into various situations and make the character as flexible and open as possible. Then, you can be sure that the dog will behave perfectly with the child, although they are naturally endowed with a very kind character and love children. Strangers are perceived without aggression, either neutral or positive.
If a person shows a negative attitude, the dog looks at the reaction of the owner, although the Dalmatian does not like to conflict with the person. But, at the same time, he is good as a watchdog, as he has high vigilance and can bark loudly and abundantly. However, keep in mind – he loves people and is not strong enough to attack and constitute a serious danger to an adult, large man.
Dalmatian is an obedient and flexible breed, in terms of character, and, in general, normally perceives the process of training and training. Especially if the owner finds the right approach to the animal, everything happens harmoniously and without problems. So which approach is the right one?