For centuries the Dalmatian was selectively bred for and used as a coaching dog. His original work required him to trot at a steady pace mile after mile as he accompanied the traveling carriage, clearing the road ahead and protecting the carriage during its various stops along the way. At home he was expected to provide company for the horses and rid the barn of rodents.
The coaching Dalmatian of old was self reliant yet loyal and intelligent. He possessed almost boundless amounts of energy, a protective nature and an excellent ability to hunt vermin. Today’s Dalmatian echoes the past- high energy with a large capacity for and need of exercise, keenly intelligent and devoted to his family. He is outgoing and friendly yet dignified and saves most of his true affection for his family. The Dalmatian requires an owner with a take charge personality who is willing to make rules and gently but firmly enforce them. One who is active and able to provide the basic training and regular structured exercise that he needs.
The Dalmatian is a medium sized dog (19-24 inches at the shoulder). He is athletic, well muscled with sturdy bone and has a closely fitting dense coat. His most recognized feature-spots are either black or liver-brown.