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The Dalmatian is a distinctively spotted dog; poised and alert; strong, muscular and active; free of shyness; intelligent in expression; symmetrical in outline; and without exaggeration or coarseness. The Dalmatian is capable of great endurance, combined with fair amount of speed. Deviations from the described ideal should be penalized in direct proportion to the degree of the deviation.
The ground color is pure white. In black-spotted dogs the spots are dense black. In liver-spotted dogs the spots are liver brown.
Temperament is stable and outgoing, yet dignified. The breed is very active and needs plenty of exercise. Their energetic and playful nature makes them good companions for older children.
The DalmatianÆs history is not fully known, but is believed to have originated in Dalmatia, which is now modern-day Croatia. It is a fact that the Dalmatian is an ancient breed, and has been depicted in Ancient Egypt and Rome. They first appeared in the United States in the late 1800s and quickly became associated with the fire brigade, and became known as the firehouse dog.