Breed Profile


The picturesque spotting of the Dalmatian makes this breed among the most distinctive of dogs. Pups are born white and begin to acquire their black or liver spots at about two weeks old. Although a breed of ancient lineage, in Victorian times the Dalmatian gained a reputation as a carriage dog and ran with the horses, either out in front, beside or behind the carriage of the nobility.
The Dalmatian had a natural affinity with horses, a trait that is still very strong today. Put most Dalmatians anywhere near a horse and they will immediately go and greet it. Any dog that has been a drover of cattle, a trekker in two World Wars and the Vietnam War, earned a place on the racing fire engine, been the darling of the Victorian dandy, a show dog, a trick dog, a gundog, and a hunter, need only be given half a chance to win a place in your heart and your life.


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.


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.


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 marvelous pet for the family, but as they are strong and active they do need to be kept under control.


If you have decided that the Dalmatian is the dog for you and you are prepared to give it the training this intelligent dog craves, then contact one of the groups listed below:

Recommended Breeders

Breeder NameKennelState 
Sheree Allsop Outrunner WA Contact
Debbie Bisley debtin VIC Contact
Toni Bale Lotzadotz Dalmatians QLD Contact
Jonathan and Shellie Marshall Pampard VIC Contact
Belinda Beves Zaland NSW Contact
Fran Darling Paceaway QLD Contact
Denise Bennett Luvdbi VIC Contact
Terry and Sandra Irving Ozzispot QLD Contact
Rebecca Woiwade Lukius ACT Contact
Dianne Wright Starswept NSW Contact
Jan and Ivan Kirin KIRINDAL ACT Contact
Michelle Collinge Ozdotz Dalmatians QLD Contact
Jenny Allan Throdice QLD Contact
Nicola and Mark Clarke Outlook VIC Contact
Richard and Tracey Williams Underfoot VIC Contact
julieann bolton stablemate SA Contact
Adam & Michelle Booth Adstaff TAS Contact
Garry and Janis Wombwell Belnova VIC Contact
Joan Harrison Rondaglen VIC Contact
Tim Dash Brondeal WA Contact
Jenny Clark-Pearman Trudals VIC Contact
Susan Lonsdale Dalsue VIC Contact
Anne Lenne Lendalbas VIC Contact
Megan Bennett Likadyce QLD Contact
Joe Richardson Hrvatska VIC Contact
Norma Kimber Caroche VIC Contact
Philippa Hurst Yarrowfell ACT Contact
Cynthia Graham Gracnbrook QLD Contact
Belinda Heersema Beltzu NSW Contact
Joshua & Mellissa Grant & Watt Johgra QLD Contact
Yanina Smith paseya TAS Contact
Lee Oliver Olivespot NSW Contact
Cecilia Langton-Bunker CCDals VIC Contact
Terry Irving OZZISPOT QLD Contact
Adam Booth Adstaff TAS Contact
Alison Tabrett Neilros TAS Contact
Trish Dyet Silvafyre ACT Contact
Melissa O'Brien Thunderspot NSW Contact
Kelly Britten Icspots ACT Contact
Hayley Stubberfield GypsieMagic NSW Contact
Tyne Palmer Darlinghill WA Contact
Stacey Hessling Spotadot QLD Contact
Wendy Fox outtafire QLD Contact
Natasha Gibson Fran Darling QLD Contact
Rick & Wendy Baker Gemcourt SA Contact
John & Dianne Wright Starswept NSW Contact
Allyson Forrest Lykatyga QLD Contact
Louanne Donald Sprintaway NSW Contact
Jenni Oconnor Neehi VIC Contact
Anne Collins None NSW Contact

*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.

Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory: New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority : Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia : Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria: Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)



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