USD $500-$600 Price Avg.

Companion Dogs



Breed Type



12-14 years


Breed Information

Group Companion Dogs
Popularity/Rank 63
Origin Croatia
Other Names Carriage Dog, Dal, Dally, Firehouse Dog, Plum Pudding Dog, Spotted Coach Dog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $500-$600
How much does it cost to purchase a Dalmatian?
The price of a Dalmatian will vary from breeder to breeder as well as from place to place. As a rough guide, you should expect to pay between $500 to $600 per Dalmatian if you purchase from a reputable breeder. Prices will be higher for show-quality dogs with a distinguished pedigree. Adult dogs who have already been trained may cost even more. It is usually less expensive to adopt a Dalmatian through a shelter.
Size Large
Weight about 55 pounds (25 kg)
Height Male: 22 - 24 inches (50 – 60 cm),
Female: 20 - 22 inches (50 - 55 cm)
Lifespan 12-14 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1888 as a Non-Sporting breed. And FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Related breeds section.
Purpose carriage dog
Date of Origin ancient times
Ancestry Great dane, Pointer

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Fine
Coat Colors Black, Brown, Liver, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Brown, Pied, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Nail Clipper, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Daily

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Active, Energetic, Friendly, Intelligent, Outgoing, Playful, Sensitive, Sportive
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Yes
Therapy Dog Yes
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Allergies, Deafness, Hip Dysplasia, Iris Sphincter Dysplasia, Skin Allergies, Urolithiasis
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Low
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 90 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food Recommended daily amount: 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost $39.00 - $52.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Dalmatian have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 6-9 puppies (Once a year.)


The Dalmatian dog is a breed of medium-sized, short-haired dogs that originated in Croatia. They are known for their distinctive black and white spotted coats, which can range from small spots to large patches. The Dalmatian is an active and energetic breed that loves to run and play. They are loyal and affectionate companions who make great family pets.

Appearance: The Dalmatian has a muscular body with a long muzzle, almond-shaped eyes, and floppy ears. Their coat is short and dense with black or liver spots on a white background. Some may have brindle markings or even solid colors such as red or blue.

Lifespan, Size, Weight: The average lifespan of the Dalmatian is between 10 to 13 years old. They typically weigh between 40 to 70 pounds (18 to 32 kg) and stand at 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 cm) tall at the shoulder.

Colors: The most common color for the Dalmatian is black with white spots but they can also be found in liver (brown) with white spots or even solid colors such as red or blue.

Personality: The Dalmatian is an intelligent breed that loves being around people and other animals alike. They are loyal companions who thrive on human interaction but can also be independent thinkers when it comes time for training sessions! They are active dogs who need plenty of exercise each day in order to stay healthy both mentally and physically; they love running around outdoors but also enjoy playing games indoors too!

Friendliness: The Dalmatian is friendly towards other dogs, cats, children, strangers, and other animals alike; however they do need proper socialization from an early age in order for them to become well adjusted adults later on down the line! With proper training they can learn how to interact appropriately with all types of people/animals without becoming overly aggressive or shy away from them altogether!

Temperament: The temperament of the Dalmatian varies depending on its individual personality; some may be more outgoing while others may be more reserved - either way they make great family pets due their loving nature! They do require consistent training though so that their behavior remains under control at all times; this will help ensure that your pet grows up into a well-mannered adult dog!

Health: Generally speaking the health of the Dalmatian breed is good overall; however there are certain conditions which may affect them such as hip dysplasia (a joint disorder), deafness (which affects some individuals), eye problems like cataracts/glaucoma etc., skin allergies etc.. It’s important that you keep up regular vet checkups so any potential issues can be caught early on before they become serious health concerns down the line!

Adaptability Level & Benefits as Pets: As far as adaptability goes - these dogs do quite well in both urban & rural environments provided they get enough exercise each day; this means taking them out for regular walks/runs/playtime etc.. As far as benefits go - these pups make wonderful family pets due their loving nature & intelligence level - plus they’re easy going enough so even first time owners should have no problem handling them properly!


The Dalmatian is a breed of large dog, noted for its unique black or liver spotted coat and was mainly used as a carriage dog in its early days. thought to have originated in Dalmatia, a region in Croatia. The first recorded mention of the breed was in 1719, when Englishman Thomas Bewick described a "Dalmatian" dog accompanying Gypsies he saw near Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

The Dalmatian's popularity increased steadily until the mid 1800s when it became quite fashionable among the upper class Victorians in England as a status symbol to be seen driving one's carriage with a pair of matching Dalmatians. This sudden popularity almost led to the extinction of the breed as unscrupulous breeders began churning out puppies with little regard for health or temperament.

Fortunately, some conscientious fanciers banded together to save the breed and by 1900, the American Kennel Club had recognized it. The Dalmatian Club of America was founded even earlier, in 1888. In 1911, The Kennel Club (England) recognized the Dalmatian and in 1929, so did the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.

Dalmatians are active dogs with great endurance that make excellent running and hiking companions. They are also very intelligent and trainable and excel in many canine sports such as agility, obedience, tracking, flyball and even herding.

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