Energetic and family-oriented, Dalmatians are sure to keep you smiling. Here’s the lowdown on this breed.

The Dalmatian breed may have found fame due to Disney’s 101 Dalmatians, but before they were dognapped by Cruella, they were used as guard dogs, ratters, circus dogs, retrievers and coaching dogs. While the actual origin of this breed isn’t clear, they have had a colorful past and have worn many hats.

In America, Dalmatians were chiefly used as firehouse dogs. Today, the Dalmatian is a fun, spunky family dog that loves being around people and still serves as mascot to many firehouses. 

Why We Love the Dalmatian Breed

  • These guys and gals have a strong desire to please their families. This means they’re easy to train to do just about anything if you make it a little fun.
  • Smart and funny, the Dalmatian is sure to make you laugh. He likes to channel his energy into making you happy as often as possible.
  • Dalmatians are up to any adventure! They’ll love to be your companion whether it’s playing outside, going for a hike or jogging. They’re sure to keep you on your toes.

Things to Consider

  • This is a breed that needs heavy exercise. Without it, they are prone to becoming bored or destructive, so make sure you’ve got the time and energy to wear them out!
  • Dalmatians definitely shed. Regular brushing helps, but there will be hair on your clothes, furniture, floor, etc. If that’s a deal breaker, this may not be the breed for you. 
  • Just like the Dalmatian doesn’t do well with little exercise, he doesn’t do well without attention, either. This breed hates being left alone and needs a family that can be around most of the time. 

Why Rescue?

Dalmatians’ popularity skyrocketed after Disney put them on the radar, which unfortunately led to overbreeding. Irresponsible breeders with unethical standards exacerbated multiple health issues, including hereditary deafness, urolithiasis, skin allergies, hip dysplasia and eye issues — many of which are expensive to treat. If you think a Dalmatian could be a great companion, consider adopting a rescue instead of shopping around at different breeders!

Dalmatian Rescues

Whether you’re looking for a Dalmatian puppy or an adult Dalmatian dog, there are tons of pups near you just waiting to find their forever home! Here are just a few:

Energetic, lively & sweet
Avg. Weight
48 - 55 lbs
Regular brushing required
Avg. Life Span
13 - 16 Years
Dalmatians near 20149
Animal Rescues near 20149
Organization City, State Contact
Persian Rescue of Virginia
Ashburn, VA emziemer@aim.com
The Cats at Longstreet
Sterling, VA longstreetcats@gmail.com
Save The Tails Rescue Group, Inc.
Leesburg, VA 1 888 379 5558 x1
Humane Society of Loudoun County
Leesburg, VA (703) 777-2912
Little Buddies Adoption and Humane Society
Reston, VA littlebuddies@erols.com
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