The dog we know today as the dalmatian has been a dog of war, a draft dog, shepherd, ratter, fire-apparatus follower, firehouse mascot, bird dog, trail hound, and retriever.
The dalmatian's affinity for horses remains a basic instinct to this day, and the breed is a natural follower and guardian of the horse-drawn vehicle.
The fun-loving, people-oriented dalmatian thrives in a family environment.
Dalmatians are a high-energy breed and require daily exercise on leash or within a fenced area.
The breed's short coat sheds almost year-round, but regular brushing helps minimize the shedding.
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