Tesoro the Dalmation pup at our Turlock clinic.

Heres Tesoro the Dalmation pup with his human at our Turlock pet vaccination clinic. While Dalmations may look like just spotted Labradors, they are truly a different breed. The Dalmation 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 standards date to 1882. It is recognized by its uniquely spotted coat. The traditional picture of the Dalmation 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 Dalmations were known to run in advance of the fire carriage and in their excitement they served to clear the streets for the oncoming horses and wagon. All Dalmations carry the genes for Piebald coloration, are born white and acquire their spots later on. The possibility for deafness in the breed is associated with excessively white coats or piebald color(large white areas including the face). The likelihood of hearing problems is increased if, in addition to the Piebald coloring, the eyes are blue. Luckily, Tesoro has nicely colored eyes which is a good sign but he should still be watched for signs of hearing problems. Being a smooth coated short hair dog, Dalmations shed year round.

– Geoffrey Antipa

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