Dalmatian Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Dalmatian, white with black or liver spots is a highly distinctive dog and was very popular in Britain during the Regency period as a carriage dog, running beside or under all types of carriage from those of the gentry to the mail coach. He also ran ahead of the horse-drawn fire-engines of London and earned the name of “Firehouse Dog”.
The need for carriage dogs was to act as a guard to the coach which might otherwise be attacked by highwaymen – a real risk out in the countryside. In town he would have been more of a fashion accessory. The Dalmatian was capable of great endurance, maintaining a steady pace accompanying coaches over long distances and he has retained that stamina and should be given plenty of exercise. If he is not given the opportunity to run freely then he is quite likely to take himself off. He is quite proficient at escaping and it is essential that any owner is prepared to give him the levels of activity he needs.
The origin of the Dalmatian is not clear and there is no real evidence to associate him with the Dalmatian coast on the Adriatic, and indeed some experts place his beginnings in India. However, he has been in Europe since the 17th century as evidenced by paintings showing him in Holland, Italy and England.
He is a very good housedog, outgoing and friendly with excellent temperament but not really a dog for the town.
Rescue and Rehoming
If you need to rehome your own dog, first contact the breeder to see what support she can offer. If that doesn’t resolve your problem then contact a designated Rescue organisation (if one exists) or a Breed Club.