Dog Breed Guide: Dalmation

Posted on September 28, 2015 under Dog Breeds, Dog Topics

A Dalmation dog with pet insurance from Pets Best.

Dr. Marc is a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

About the Dalmatian

Height (to base of neck): 19 – 23″

Weight:  50 – 55lb

Color: All white with round, well demarcated, non-overlapping black spots.

Origin: Yugoslavia

Coat: Short, flat, glossy coat with fine straight hairs.

Life Expectancy: 12 -14 years

Energy level: Very high

Exercise needs: Very high

Breed Nicknames: Coach dog, Fire dog, Firehouse dog

Is a Dalmatian the Right Dog Breed for You?

A Dalmatian’s job accompanying fire trucks is a well-know one, but they are actually quite versatile and can excel at retrieving and scenting as well.  Typically most are used as companion animals these days.  They are highly intelligent dogs and quick to learn, but they can be nippy with strangers and occasionally too exuberant for small children.  They require a lot of activity to keep boredom related vices at bay. Minimal grooming needs.

Common Illnesses, Medical Conditions and Accidents for the Dalmation

According to the number of dog insurance claims Pets Best receives

Medical Issue  Average Claim Amount  Expensive Claim 
 Ear Infection  $299  $1,314
 Lipoma  $347  $1,439
 Skin Allergies  $647  $3,587
 Osteoarthritis  $235  $508

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