Should You get a Dalmatian?
Dalmatians are a beloved breed known for their distinctive black spots and friendly personalities. These energetic dogs have a rich history and are a popular choice for families and individuals alike. In this article, we will explore 14 interesting facts about Dalmatians, including their origin, physical characteristics, and even some lesser-known facts that will surprise you. Whether you’re a long-time Dalmatian owner or simply interested in learning more about this unique breed, this article is for you!
Dalmatians have a genetic predisposition
to hearing loss. It it believed that up to 30% have some form of hearing loss in one or both ears. A test called the Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) is administered to puppies between 5-6 weeks of age to diagnose deafness. It is believed that the genes responsible for the Dalmatians coat color are responsible for this condition.
Dalmatians carry a gene called SLC2A9
along with humans and great apes. This gene breaks down certain foods into uric acid which can cause gout in humans and bladder stones that must be removed by surgery in Dalmatians.
Growing Up Dalmatian!
The AKC Conducts Dog Racing Trials
each December in Orlando, FL. called the Fast CAT Invitational. This is a 100 yard race where dogs run individually chasing a lure. The average speed for Dalmatian’s was a little over 25 mph. The fastest recorded time was by a Dalmatian named Hot2spot’s Rocked My World at 31.58 mph!
The CBARQ Dog Temperament Research
study, conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, is a giant study of over 300 dog breeds and 60,000 individual dogs. In this study, the Dalmatian ranked 30 out of 124 dog breeds in energy level. This means they tend to be a VERY active, playful breed that does not tire easily.
While Dalmatian’s are a Robust
breed, with an average lifespan of 11-13 years, there are certain health conditions that effect them:
Copper Storage Disease
Iris sphincter dysplasia
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