When most people think of Dalmatians, they think of firetrucks, spotted coats, or the movie 101 Dalmatians. But there’s a lot more to know about these athletic dogs.
They have no spots at birth.
That’s right! Dalmatian puppies don’t have any spots when they’re born. Instead, they are born all white and get spots as they get older. Their spots start to develop around 2 to 3 weeks old. By the time Dalmatian puppies are 4 weeks old, most of their spots will be present, but they will continue to slowly develop spots as they grow and throughout the rest of their lives.
Their spots are unique.
Similar to your fingerprints or a snowflake, a Dal’s spots are one of a kind. No two Dalmatians have the same pattern or number of spots. Dalmatians commonly have black or liver-colored spots on a white coat, but sometimes these spots can be brindle, blue, orange, or lemon. Their spots cover their entire body, even in their mouth!
They have a genetic predisposition to deafness.
About 30% of Dalmatians are deaf or have a hearing impairment. It’s believed the genes that provide Dals with their coat are to blame for the deafness.
They became more popular because of the movie.
Many people were introduced to the Dal because of the movie 101 Dalmatians. After the movie, many people went out and bought a Dalmatian without doing proper research, which resulted in many Dals in shelters after their owners realized the responsibility of having an energetic dog that needed a lot of attention and training.
Anyway, those are some fun facts about this breed. We've never had a Dalmatian, but we are dog lovers through and through. There isn't too much else in life that's more pleasant than a good-natured doggo. And you can bet your Woof on that.
• 100% combed and ring-spun cotton (Heather colors contain polyester)
• Ash color is 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Heather colors are 52% combed and ring-spun cotton, 48% polyester
• Athletic and Black Heather are 90% combed and ring-spun cotton, 10% polyester
• Heather Prism colors are 99% combed and ring-spun cotton, 1% polyester
• Fabric weight: 4.2 oz (142 g/m2)
• Pre-shrunk fabric
• Side-seamed construction
• Shoulder-to-shoulder taping