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Our collection of Dalmatian images features many champions and best of breed. Whether you are a specialist looking for stock images of breed examples, a designer looking for a striking picture, or you're simply a Dalmatian fan, we're confident we'll have the image you're looking for.

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Dalmatian overview

Although thought to have originated from Dalmatia as the name suggests, there is some evidence that it actually came from India and was brought to ancient Greece by Indian traders.

This dog has served as everything from a retriever and bird dog, to a sheep herder, circus performer and carriage dog. A Dalmatian makes an exuberant, friendly dog that is suitable to the urban environment, is good with children and needs little grooming, but it is not best suited to hotter climates and does require a lot of exercise. 

Other known names for Dalmatian

Dal, Dally, Carriage Dog, Spotted Coach Dog, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog

Dalmatian foreign names

Dalmatier (Dutch), Dalmatiner (German)


Croatia (Dalmatia)

Breed Group

Utility Group

Biological data

15–32 kg.
70 lbs.
15-24 kg.
45-65 lbs.
58.4-61 cm.
19-23 inches.
55.9-58.4 cm.
19-23 inches.
Colours, markings and patterns
Ground colour pure white.
Black spotted, dense black spots, and liver spotted, liver brown spots; not running together but round and well defined. In size, one pence to fifty pence piece.
Spots as well distributed as possible.
Spots on extremities smaller than those on body.
Patches, tri-colours and lemon spots highly undesirable.
Bronzing on spots undesirable in adults.

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Dalmatian – Breed standard

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Dalmatian references and further reading

Dalmatian Club of Canada


Dalmatian Welfare 


Dalmatian Club of America

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AP-0XK4JX - Ravenswing Fiorella of Trumpeters (asta), Dalmatian standing in a field
Photo © Animal Photography, Sally Anne Thompson