Dalmatian Field Guide

PetMD Editorial
Updated: November 25, 2020
Published: November 29, 2018
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Dalmatians have become one of the most easily recognized dog breeds due to their unique coat and history. Their spotted coat, which comes in both liver brown and black, gives them a one-of-a-kind look. It’s no surprise that they’ve been prominently featured in children’s movies.

This athletic and driven dog breed may be in the AKC non-sporting group, but Dalmatians have a long history as carriage dogs who were in charge of protecting carriages and their horses. They also became known as fire dogs, starting their careers as coach dogs for horse-drawn fire engines. This striking, historical dog breed is often featured in firehouse imagery.

Dalmatian dogs are full of energy and love to live an active lifestyle. They make great running partners and companions for people who love to go, go, go. Learn more about the Dalmatian with our field guide.