When it comes to dogs, Dalmatians are among the most popular of domestic breeds, made more famous through Disney’s endearing 101 Dalmatians classic.
Defined by black/brownish-spots over white coats, the Dalmatian breed is known to hail from a region in Croatia, with the breed taking its name after the area it originates from which is Dalmatia.
Their popularity has even branded them as mainstay dog breed types regularly entered and encountered in such organized events, standing in line with other popular breeds like German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers.
Originally, Dalmatians were kept as working dogs, given that they are built with superior strength and stamina levels, with robust constitutions. Their “working dogs” tasks then went as far as pulling carts, which says a lot about how strong dogs Dalmatians are.
Today, Dalmatians are often kept as domestic pets (not as working dogs), classified as a mid-sized dog breed with adult Dalmatians typically weighing somewhere between 35 to 70 pounds. Their coats, with spots and all, are generally dense, short and fine, but certain Dalmatians with long-coats are known to be.
One unique thing about Dalmatians is that as pups, they are born without their spots. Typically, they’re born plain white, and after a week, indicators of spots on their coats would start appearing. It won’t be until a month after they’re born when spots become defined, but there are cases of more Dalmatian spots coming up after a month.
This Dalmatian pup-and-spot fact has even become pivotal as plot elements in a number of Dalmatian-driven stories, including a number of spin-offs from 101 Dalmatians.