Ranger The Dalmation Visited Our Elk Grove Clinic

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Here at Elk Grove, we have a picture of a breed which was quite common at our clinics in the ’70s and ’80s but which we don’t see much today. Ranger is, of course, a Dalmatian and like all Dalmatians, he has a spotted coat to show off to the audience. The Dalmatian dog is named for the Dalmatia region of Croatia where they were used as guard dogs, war dogs, and hunting dogs. Although Dalmatia is the region of origin, the breed was primarily developed in England and the breed standard dates to 1882. It is recognized by its uniquely spotted coat. The traditional picture of the Dalmatian as a mascot for fire departments of the past may derive from their guarding instinct which was important for the protection of the valuable horses stabled in firehouses. Also, Dalmatians were known to run in advance of the fire-carriage in order to clear the streets for the oncoming horses and wagon. They have served as carriage dogs, fire dogs and make good family pets. The possibility for deafness in the breed is associated with excessively white coats or piebald (large white areas including the face). The Pups are born white and acquire their spots later on. As with other short-haired dogs, Dalmatians shed year round and with another 100 of them, we could make a movie! – Geoffrey Antipa

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