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JOINT DALMATIAN C (S Bolt, dogs; A Talbot, bitches) – D: Barrett & Fort's Shulune Ice Phantom of Dalamanti. B: Fort's *Shulune Fantasy On Ice. read more

Around the breed shows

N IRELAND DALMATIAN C (Mrs C Harwood) – D: Lamb's Ch Dalpetro Dettori. B: Quayle's *Ch Cubalibre Spot On. read more

Controversial Dalmatian gains her first CC

THE CONTROVERSIAL Dalmatian Fiacres First And Foremost (Fiona) who has a Pointer in her pedigree won the bitch CC at Welsh Kennel Club under Eleanor Bothwell. Fiona was imported from the US by Julie Evans in August 2010 and is 14 generations removed from the outcross which took place 35 years ago t... read more

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Around the breed shows

N IRELAND DALMATIAN C (F McVicar) – D: Cuthbertson's *Kalsidoni Cameo. B: Quatle's Ch Cubalibre Spot On. read more

National Carriage Dog Trials encourage Dalmatian enthusiasts to have a go

THIS year’s Fenix National Carriage Dog Trials was followed by a successful ‘Have a Go’ day to encourage the new competitors of the future.    The trials – run by the British Carriage Dog Society (BCDS) and judged by last year’s Carriage Dog Champion Miranda Purves – w... read more

Richmond 2014 - Utility group

Ch/Am Ch Chatelet Aradet Rugby was the Utility group winner at Richmond Championship Dog Show 2014 under judge Mark Cocozza. read more

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Breed Notes

Dalmatians - week 48

LIFE HAS been somewhat hectic lately with one thing and another despite the fact that... read more

Dalmatians - week 47

I DON’T normally use notes as a platform for my soap box, but with all the talk of tr... read more

Dalmatians - week 46

MAGGIE DE Rozario judged at the BDC open at Stoneleigh. BIS and best black was the do... read more

Show Reports

N & S SHIELDS, 19/10/14

DALMATIANS – A good quality entry, although a small ring with a slippery tiled surface, betwe... read more

S WALES CH SHOW 14 - Dalmatians

Dalmatians MPD 1 Page’s Winflash Hugo Boss, dense black pigment on this promising youngster,... read more

GRANTHAM, 18/10/14

I was pleased to judge a busy show with quality exhibits in both utility & toy. I was del... read more

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Around the breed shows

JOINT DALMATIAN C (S Bolt, dogs; A Talbot, bitches) – D: Barrett & Fort's Shulune Ice Phantom of Dalamanti. B: Fort's *Shulune Fantasy On Ice. read more

Around the breed shows

N IRELAND DALMATIAN C (Mrs C Harwood) – D: Lamb's Ch Dalpetro Dettori. B: Quayle's *Ch Cubalibre Spot On. read more

Controversial Dalmatian gains her first CC

THE CONTROVERSIAL Dalmatian Fiacres First And Foremost (Fiona) who has a Pointer in her pedigree won the bitch CC at Welsh Kennel Club under Eleanor Bothwell. Fiona was imported from the US by Julie Evans in August 2010 and is 14 generations removed from the outcross which took place 35 years ago t... read more

Exhibitors to be reimbursed after San Marino poisoning

THE SAN Marino Kennel Club (SMKC) has been ordered to reimburse ‘a reasonable part’ of exhibitors’ entry fees to the show at which two dogs were poisoned. A multi-champion Dandie Dinmont Terrier and a Dalmatian puppy died after attending the international CACIB show in May. The ev... read more

Around the breed shows

BRITISH DALMATIAN C (Mrs A Dandy, dogs; Mrs J Swinburn, bitches) – D: Hartley & Griffiths' *Ch Creaganbrec The Favourite at Miragua. B: Alexander's Offordale Sapphire. read more

AKC agrees to register low uric acid Dalmatians

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THE BOARD of the American Kennel Club (AKC) has agreed to allow the registration of low uric acid (LUA) Dalmatians. The decision came after the Dalmatian Club of America (DCA) voted 305 in favour of and 253 against accepting such dogs. Until recently the US’ main breed clubs were firmly again... read more

Around the breed shows

N OF ENG DALMATIAN C (Mrs L Suggett, dogs; Mrs P Wilson, bitches) – D: Alexander's Offordale Chevalier. B: Neath-Duggan's *Buffrey Gift Wrapped. read more

Careless littering causes show Dalmatian’s death

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A DALMATIAN has died after eating a wooden kebab stick left in a country park. Dalmark Moon Europa, who belonged to Leanne Richardson of the Mapplewell Dalmatians, had to be put to sleep after the stick ripped through her intestines and caused peritonitis. The tragedy has prompted Mrs Richardson a... read more

Faith in action

A WOMAN and her Dalmatian are setting out on a 630-mile walk on Sunday – the equivalent of climbing Everest. Natalie Husk and Toby will trek from Minehead on the edge of the Exmoor National Park, along the South West Coast path finishing at the shores of Poole Harbour in Dorset to raise funds... read more

Around the breed shows

DALMATIAN C OF SCOTLAND (W Gardner) – D: Adderley's *Leiahart Chicago Bear. B: Christie's Ch Sophtspot Snap Crackle N Pop. read more

Around the breed shows

JOINT DALMATIAN C (Lady MacDonald of Sleat, dogs; Mrs S Stevenson, bitches) – D: Burrows' Ch Daedalus Deacon Blue at Shacarlu. B: Qualye's *Cubalibre Spot On. read more

Other breeds invited to audition as the new Andrex puppy

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FOR THE first time since the Andrex puppy hit the nation’s TV screens in 1972, other breeds have been invited to audition for the advertisement giving rise to fears that this may encourage impulse buying. In London’s Covent Garden last week the familiar yellow Labradors sat alongside 16... read more

Around the breed shows

N IRELAND DALMATIAN C (Mrs C Pickup) – D: Casey's *Ch/Ir Ch Camargue Calvin Klein. B: Smallwood's Mapplewell Dancing Queen of Lascelles. read more

Around the breed shows

BRITISH DALMATIAN C (Mrs D Dinsdale, dogs; Mrs K Goff-Leggett, bitches) – D: Hartley & Griffiths' *Ch Creaganbrec The Favourite at Miragua. B: Neath-Duggan's Ch Buffrey Sprig O Mint. read more

Around the breed shows

DALMATIAN C OF SCOTLAND (Miss M Gatheral) − D: Hartley's Ch Creaganbrec The Favourite at Miragua. B: Dunnachie's *Dvojica Voulez Vous. read more

A touch of Voodoo

FOR THE 15th year, the North of England Dalmatian Club (NoEDC) hosted its Dalmatian of the Year (DOTY) event in the ballroom at the Holiday Inn, Doncaster, writes John McCarthy. Entry is by invitation only, to those who have won a CC or best puppy in the previous 12 months. The format is based o... read more

Around the breed shows

JOINT DALMATIAN C (J Watson, dogs; Mrs C McCarthy, bitches) – D: Hartley & Griffiths' *Ch Creaganbrec The Favourite at Miragua. B: Kennedy's Beebo Betty. read more

Clubs respond to KC registration of LUA Dalmatian

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THE DALMATIAN clubs have responded to the Kennel Club’s decision to register a Dalmatian with a Pointer in her pedigree. The KC’s General Committee recently considered Julie Evans’ (Tyrodal) application to import from the US bitches of two years and three months old who are 14 gen... read more

Ch Buffrey Arabelle at Daedalus

THE DALMATIAN Ch Buffrey Arrabelle at Daedalus (Esther) has died at the age of 13. Esther became the breed record holder in 2002, a title previously held by her father Ch Tommy Brock. She held the record for seven years, losing it at Driffield last year to Ch Dvojica Voodoo. She was owned by Jani... read more

Green light to import LUA Dalmatians

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THE KENNEL Club has agreed to register a Dalmatian with a Pointer in her pedigree. But before she is, she must be examined by two championship show judges to ensure her external appearance and characteristics are representative of the breed. Export restrictions will also be imposed. The KC&rsquo... read more

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Around the breed shows

N IRELAND DALMATIAN C (F McVicar) – D: Cuthbertson's *Kalsidoni Cameo. B: Quatle's Ch Cubalibre Spot On. read more

National Carriage Dog Trials encourage Dalmatian enthusiasts to have a go

THIS year’s Fenix National Carriage Dog Trials was followed by a successful ‘Have a Go’ day to encourage the new competitors of the future.    The trials – run by the British Carriage Dog Society (BCDS) and judged by last year’s Carriage Dog Champion Miranda Purves – w... read more

Richmond 2014 - Utility group

Ch/Am Ch Chatelet Aradet Rugby was the Utility group winner at Richmond Championship Dog Show 2014 under judge Mark Cocozza. read more

City of Birmingham 2014 - Utility group

Barry Day's Utility group winner at City of Birmingham Championship Dog Show 2014 was the Lhasa Apso Ch Timazinti Liberty. read more

Around the breed shows

BRITISH DALMATIAN C (Mrs B Smith, dogs; Ms S Dandy, bitches) – D: Erkelens’ Maaike’s Choice Emrys. B: Quayle’s *Ch Cubalibre Spot On. read more

Around the breed shows

N OF ENG DALMATIAN C (Mrs E Tillson, dogs; Mrs C E Cartledge, bitches) – D: Baker's *Dalleaf Devils Disciple. B: Philips' Dvojica Bubble N'Chic at Nordalset. read more

Windsor 2014 - Utility group

The Akita Ch Redwitch Will I Am was the winner of the Utility group on day 2 of Windsor Championship Dog Show 2014. Watch more Championship shows here >> read more

Bath 2014 - Utility group

On day four of Bath championship dog show the Tibetan Terrier Tetsimi Moves Like Jagger won the Utility group under Vanessa Williams-Wegmann. Watch more Championship shows here >> read more

WELKS 2014 - Utility group

Luis Pinto Teixeira was judging all seven groups at West of England Ladies Kennel Society, or WELKS, in 2014. And his Utility group winner was German Spitz, Klein Ch Longdale's Jen You Win. read more

Around the breed shows

DALMATIAN C OF SCOTLAND (A Cuthbertson) – D: Dunnachie's Dvojica Vendetta. B: Emmett & Simons' *Dalliviro Reba Mac at Ellemstra. ... read more

Around the breed shows

JOINT DALMATIAN C (Mrs J Swinburn, dogs; Mrs S Ridgway, bitches) – D: Alexander's *Ch Offordale Chevalier. B: Simons & Emmett's Dalliviro Reba Mac at Ellemstra. ... read more

Pro Plan/Dog World Pup of the Year Final 2013 - Winner Interview

Handler of Travella Step Forward, the Wire Fox Terrier, Pro Plan/Dog World Pup of the Year 2013 Winner, Richard Allen talks to dogworld.tv about starting 2014 with Audrey winning the biggest prize at only her second show. read more

Pro Plan/Dog World Pup of the Year Final 2013 - Runner-up Interview

Handler of the Runner-up at the Pro Plan/Dog World Pup of the Year Final 2013 was Ch Redwitch Will I Am, was Dave Killilea, who talks to dogworld.tv about finishing second in such a prestigious competition with high quality competitors. read more

Pro Plan/Dog World Pup of the Year Final 2013 - Judge Interview

The multi-talented Clare Coxall was the judge of the Pro Plan/Dog World Pup of the Year Final 2013, and she chose the Wire Fox Terrier Travella Step Forward as her winner. She spoke to dogword.tv about the superb competition, wonderful dogs and the delight at... read more

Pro Plan/Dog World Pup of the Year Final 2013

Clare Coxall was the judge of the 2013 Pro Plan/Dog World Pup of the Year Final where 32 of the country's best puppies travel to Cewe Hall to compete for one of the top canine competitions. read more

Utility group winners of 2013

BOSTON (Graham Cruze) 1 Ch Dykebar Revenge Is Sweet at Stecal, Akita (BIS) 2 Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre, Standard Poodle 3 Ch Vormund Fashion Baby, Japanese Shiba Inu 4 Ch Alilah’s Very Impressed at Waterley, Tibetan Terrier MANCHESTER (Geoff Corish) 1 Ch Vormund Norma Jean, Japanese S... read more

Video: Manchester 2014 - Utility group

The Manchester Championship Dog Show Utility group was won by Ch Malia Melissa of Starlance, the Tibetan Spaniel who was awarded the group by Sheila Jakeman. Manchester video coverage is sponsored by Dorwest Herbs. Watch more Championship shows here >> read more

2013 Utility CC winners

AKITA Ch Redwitch Born This Way (D) 1 x BIS, 1 x RBIS, 3 x GW1, 2 x GW2, 5 x BOB, 6 x CC Ch/Int/Norw/Sw/Dan Ch Redwitch Adrenaeline Junkie ex Echo Star's Portrait at Redwitch 46 Ch Redwitch Will I Am (D) 2 x GW1, 2 x GW2, 1 x GW3, 7 x BOB, 8 x CC Ch/Nord Ch Estava Rain... read more

Midland Counties 2013 - Utility group

Tom Mather judged the Utility breeds in the main ring at Midland Counties Championship Dog Show 2013 where the group winner was the Standard Poodle Ch Afterglow Maverick Sabre, who was winning the group for the tenth time.  read more

Around the breed shows

N IRELAND DALMATIAN C (Mrs B Rance) – D: Caldwell's *Kalsidoni Quartz. B: Quale's Ch Cubalibre Spot On. ... read more

HISTORY & PURPOSE
Much has been said & written about the origin of the Dalmatian which is somewhat clouded, therefore precise information is not available. What is known is that pictures of spotted dogs have been found on the walls of ancient Egyptian tombs. Many artists from the past have also included spotted dogs in their paintings, and it is believed that they were used extensively as a general hunting dog. Central Europe, more specifically Croatia, now claims the breed as its own and it is often written that the breed originated in Dalmatia in former Yugoslavia but no concrete evidence is forthcoming on this.
It is said that in England they first ran with the post to guard it. To this day Dalmatians are still used to run with carriages and besides horses, and trials are held both in the USA and more recently in the UK to test them so the Dalmatian is known as a coach dog and are often photographed beside a coach wheel. This association has obviously been passed down through the dogs themselves as they have a great affinity with anything to do with horses.
Under British Kennel Club classification they are in the Utility group but under the FCI  they are grouped with the scenthounds where they, being a very active breed, are arguably more suited. Their purpose these days is mainly as a companion dog as they read people very well, often being one step ahead of their owners.
The breed rocketed in popularity following the original Disney film, 101 Dalmatians which resulted in some commercial breeding supplying puppies to unsuitable homes, but responsible breeders always carefully vet prospective purchasers.
One problem that can arise is deafness as the gene for this has been linked to breeds with white coats. Around the country there are veterinary practices that will carry out a specific hearing test called the BAER hearing test, where the hearing status of the puppy is recorded as a graph on an official certificate with the puppy's KC registration name on. Therefore it is important that checks are made that the puppy has been correctly tested. Responsible breeders will breed from tested stock so check and see the parent’s details. The breeder should carry out this hearing test before the puppy leaves the nest at about eight  weeks of age.

ADAPTABILITY

The Dalmatian is a dog with an elegant demeanour, distinct because of its unique white coat with its black or liver spotting which are the only two acceptable colours. A very active and upstanding dog with a great zest for living life on the fast track, Dalmatians love to please. Their tail can clear a coffee table in one wag and they can steal the Sunday lunch without so much as a blink.
Space is important to them as if confined they can become very destructive. For a dog that craves human company this handsome outgoing breed is not for the faint hearted, and is not always the ideal choice for first time dog owners. Dalmatians will take all the exercise their owners can give them although it is important not to go too far too soon but when about nine months of age the exercise can be stepped up. Free running is important to them so areas for this should be within easy reach. On the other side of the coin they are quite able to laze about with the best. It should be remembered that a fit dog is usually a healthy dog.
Dalmatians enjoy agility, carriage trials, running and can easily work as a PAT Dog or even a Guide Dog and they have an affinity with children with special difficulties. They are very good at Obedience but can easily become bored by tasks being repeated too often. They used to be used in the circus as they learn so easily, and fitted in well with the horses.
Dalmatians are prolific at shedding their coats, which can prove to be a problem if anyone in the family has a tendency towards any allergy or is asthmatic. Therefore regular grooming is recommended to keep the loose hair to a minimum.
They can be prone to gastric torsion so meals should not be too large and they should be fed as an adult at least twice a day and never exercised immediately after feeding.

TEMPERAMENT & CHARACTER
All breeds have good and bad temperament but as a rule the Dalmatian’s temperament is sound providing they are treated correctly. They are however quite able to stand up for themselves if challenged.
The Dalmatian is a watchful, vigorous, and sure dog with ample energy. They have excellent skills when it comes to problem solving and obedience training. Brave, gracious, and outgoing, the Dalmatian is a dog that tends to bond intimately with his owners. They make great family pets, although they can be quite strong willed. This makes them better matched to owners with some degree of experience in handling and training dogs. These distinguished dogs love a broad range of activities, and are friendly and trustworthy. Owners will need to give a lot in terms of physical activity and mental stimulation - otherwise these dogs can get bored.  This in return can lead to destructive behaviour.
The breed will happily co-exist with other dogs and family pets.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION
• 22-24 inches (56-61 cms) at the shoulder
• Symmetrical, athletic, muscular body, square in outline, well boned but never cloddy or cumbersome
• Short, sleek coat, essentially white distinctively spotted with either black or liver spots consistent in size
• Fairly long head with bright sparkling eyes and pigmented eye rims
• Tail flowing gracefully off the back and carried slightly upward

PLUSES
• Minimal grooming demands
• Highly adaptable
• Even tempered

MINUSES
• Some deafness occurs in the breed

AT A GLANCE
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