What is a dalmatian? A dalmatian is a breed of dog with black and white 'spots'.

Dalmatian puppies.

Dalmatians are large dogs which can typically weigh over 30 kilos. They are very strong and active dogs, and need hours of exercise each day. They can pull very hard on the end of a lead, and should not be walked by children, the elderly and those who are not used to pulling back against a strong dog. They do not train as well as other breeds, but are exceptionally affectionate.

Many people think they could own a dalmatian without realising how much time and effort has to go into walking them. Fortunately, breeders are careful not to let dalmatians go to unsuitable homes.

Video: Watch a young dalmatian dog play on the beach.

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