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Average size and lifespan

chihuahua silouette
great dane silouette
Height: 1ft 7in - 1ft 11in
Weight: 40-70lbs
Lifespan: 12 - 14 Years


  • Affection4/5
  • Kid-Friendly2/5
  • Stranger-Friendly3/5
  • Dog-Friendly3/5
  • Barking Amount3/5


  • Grooming Difficulty2/5
  • Shedding Amount5/5
  • Easy to Train3/5
  • Can Be Alone3/5
  • Exercise Need5/5


  • Cold Tolerance3/5
  • Heat Tolerance4/5
  • Apartment-Friendly3/5

Dalmatian Information

DalmatianDid you know the Dalmatian is the only spotted dog breed? Their coat – white with either black or liver spots – makes the Dalmatian one of the most easily recognizable dogs in the world. Because of their obedience, this breed was often found in shows, agility rings or alongside a horse as a coach dog. They skyrocketed to fame with the book 101 Dalmatians and subsequent films.

This poised pup is very athletic and needs regular exercise. After the popularity of the 101 Dalmatians movies, many people thought they could transition from a plush stuffed animal to the real live thing. Don’t be fooled – real dogs need lots of attention and activity, especially this breed!

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Breed FAQs

Can Dalmatians be apartment dogs?

Dalmatians aren't ideal for apartments, but might be able to live there successfully if there are enough opportunities to find larger spaces nearby to play.

Can Dalmatians be left alone?

While Dalmatians prefer to be around their owners, they can do fairly well when left alone if necessary.

Are Dalmatians good with kids?

Dalmatians can be difficult to handle with the rowdy behavior of a child. They should be watched very closely.

Are Dalmatians friendly with strangers?

Although Dalmatians can take a bit to warm up to a stranger, they are mostly friendly with others.

Do Dalmatians get along with other dogs?

Although Dalmatians will mostly get along with other dogs, they may have some issues. They can typically be dealt with by socializing them with other dogs.

Do Dalmatians bark a lot?

As far as dogs go, Dalmatians bark an average amount. You can expect them to bark to alert you, get your attention, or when there are strangers or other dogs.

Do Dalmatians shed a lot?

Expect a lot of sheeding from Dalmatians. You'll need to brush their coat often or have the vacuum ready.

Do Dalmatians need a lot of grooming?

Dalmatians don't require very much effort for grooming. You'll just need to provide typical maintenance and baths.

Do Dalmatians need a lot of exercise?

Expect Dalmatians to have high energy levels and need a lot of exercise. You'll need to find options to release this energy or they may exibit bad behavior.

Are Dalmatians easy to train?

Although Dalmatians can be a challenge to train, they can be taught with some dedicated work or by hiring some training help.

Can Dalmatians handle cold weather?

Although Dalmatians can handle the cold weather when out with you, they may not want to stay out for long periods of time.

Can Dalmatians handle hot weather?

Dalmatians do well in hot climates and can stay out longer without overheating.

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