A Bit of Dalmatian History
Dalmatians have been a pure breed for a long time. Some even claim that Dalmatian figures
are depicted in Egyptian pyramids. It is known that the Dalmatians travelled with the Gypsies throughout Europe. Thus, they
developed a special relationship with horses, being able to calm their larger friends.
When the British began to breed
Dalmatians, they found the dogs useful as carriage dogs. The Dalmatians travelled under the axle or alongside the carriage,
depending the dog's size. This beautifully decorated breed, with its large round spots, added flair and style to the nobleman's
coach. When the gentleman and his guests would rest for the night at the traveller's Inn, the Dalmatians would keep the horses
calm while guarding the possessions of the entire party.
When Dalmatians came to America, thanks, in part, to Ben
Franklin, fire engines were horse drawn. Which dog would be the mascot as friend and courageous rescuer of animals and small
children? Naturally, it was the Dalmatian. And what a handsome addition to the shiny red fire engine he was! When motorized
vehicles were introduced and fire engines were no longer horse driven, Dalmatians remained the favorite mascots and friends
of the firehouse.
Dalmatians have been noted in the "AKC Dog Book" as the "best all around dogs". Males and females
are equally affectionate. The "Dally", who is good with children, shares his affection with the entire family. The Dalmatian
is an excellent watch dog and companion. Very cat-like in cleanliness, he manages to keep his white coat clean with little
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