Where did Dalmatians originate?
#13257. Asked by Diana. (Aug 06 01 6:51 AM)
The true origin of the Dalmatian is unknown, although it is believed to have |
originated in India. Paintings and figures of spotted dogs have been found in
ruins as old as 5,000 years. Numerous written references to spotted dogs occur
throughout history. The modern Dalmatian, not withstanding his name however,was developed in Great Britain. While some Dalmatians were used for hunting,
the breed's primary purpose was as a coach dog. Coach dogs were by no means
ornamental -- they were there to guard the passengers and property in the coach.
Because of their affinity for horses, it was natural for the Dalmatian to follow
horse-drawn fire engines. Many fire departments are still graced by a Dalmatian
mascot who guards the firehouse and helps educate children about fire safety.
Dalmatians have been in America since its founding, with George Washington being
the most well-known early breeder. See:
The Dalmatian was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1914.
There is reference of spotted dogs in Asia, Europe, Africa - its place of origin could not be determined, and large numbers of Dalmatians are mentioned in connection to Gypsies. The name however came from the former Austrian province of Dalmatia, nowadays in Croatian and in Bosnian territories.|
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