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Dalmatian

An happy-go-lucky dog, very good with children (other names: Dalmatinac)

Dalmatian
origin:Croatia
life expectancy:12 years
classification:Gun dog
height:50 to 60 cm
weight:25 to 27 kg
exercise: Demandingtraining: Easyclimate: Hotfeeding: Mediumsize: Large
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History [ edit ]

The Dalmatian is an ancient breed which origins are very controversial. Some experts claim that it originated in India and were later brought into Greece by Indian traders. There are traces of “spotted” dogs in Asia, Africa and Europe, that go back to many centuries ago. Egyptian bas-reliefs and Hellenic friezes, Italian frescos of the 14th century and documents of the 16th century leave no doubt as to the ancient ancestry of this breed. However, undisputed records of the existence of this dog in Dalmatia (Croacia) in the 18th century have determined the name of the breed. Originallly a working breed, the Dalmatian was a multi-purpose dog: pack hunter, retriever, vermin hunter, hound, shepherd and guard dog. In the 1800´s the Dalmatian became very popular as a carriage dog. They trotted beside or among the horses, unshaken by the flashing hooves and guarded the carriages and horses in the absence of their masters. Curiously they still keep this basic instinct, even as youngsters, and will trot undaunted beside a