Dalmatians can live up to 12 years of age, but with the proper care and attention and fed the right nutrition they will often live up to 14 years.
Average size and weight
This is another fairly large dog where healthy females should weigh about 32kg and be 56cm in height and the males should be about 42kg and 61cm tall.
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
Dalmatians are fun loving, natural clowns with both elegance and humour being hallmarks of the breed. Their ‘smile’ is often taken for a snarl, until one spots the madly wagging tail.
The breed's fairly sensitive nature also craves human company and affection.
Compatibility with other pets
Dalmatians can share their home quite comfortably with other pets.
Cleanliness and the need for minimal grooming are other much-appreciated characteristics of the breed. Having a short dense coat, Dalmatians only need an occasional brushing to present a well-groomed appearance. Being strong active dogs, they need to be kept under control and obedience training is recommended. As they are active dogs, they require a good walk every day and need a well-fenced yard.
Please take note
Dalmatians may be predisposed to bladder stones. Some dogs are prone to skin trouble, while some are born deaf.
Dalmatians are perfect as a companion, a watchdog, and a marvellous pet for the family, but as they are strong and active they do need to be kept under control.
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