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Dalmatians Dogs 101 – The Firehouse Dog


Our guest today needs no introduction, he’s
been the star of several movies, television series, a book and even video games. Of course, we’re talking about the “firehouse
dog” the distinctive Dalmatian. He’s one of the most easily recognizable
breeds, with his unique black or liver spotted coat, made popular in the late 20th century
thanks to Walt Disney. Hi, welcome to Animal Facts. Here are ten fascinating facts about the venerable
Dalmatian. Let’s get started. But before we start, take a moment to like
and subscribe for more fun, fauna facts. Let us know about your doggy in the comments
below. 10. Walt Disney wasn’t the first to recognize
this pooch. They have been found painted on walls of tombs
running behind ancient Egyptian chariots and mentioned in letters written in the mid-1500s
by a poet named Jurij Dalmatin. A fresco in the Spanish Chapel of Santa Maria
Novella in Florence, Italy painted around 1360 also shows a spotted dog of the Dalmatian
type. More recently, The Hundred and One Dalmatians,
a 1956 novel written by Dodie Smith inspired the 1961 Walt Disney animated film “101
Dalmatians” which turned into a franchise, spawning several movies, television series,
children’s books, toys and video games. 9. The breed is very versatile and has been used
for many purposes over the years. Dalmatians became popular in the 1800s when
they were used as coach dogs to trot alongside carriages and protect them and the horses
from other dogs and threats, such as Highwaymen. They have also been war sentinels, circus
performers, and hunters. The Dalmatians we know today are primarily
companion animals. Bonus fact: George Washington was an avid
dog fan and was known to be a breeder of Dals. His coach dog was a Dalmatian named Madame
Moose. 8. The job of coach dog eventually translated
to the firehouse, where Dalmatians would run behind fire carriages. Horses were skittish around a fire, but the
Dals kept them composed. Their distinct features also make them a great
mascot, so you can still find the dogs riding in modern fire trucks today. As a bonus, they’re also excellent ratters
and keep firehouses pest-free. 7. Keeping with the tradition of coach dogs,
Budweiser keeps three Dalmatians to travel with the Clydesdale hitches. The breed has been associated with the brewery
since 1950 when a Dal was introduced as the Budweiser Clydesdales’ mascot. The current Budweiser dogs are named Chip,
Brewer, and Clyde. 6. Dalmatians thrive on human companionship,
and if left alone too long they can become destructive or they will pout and act depressed. This dog is for someone who wants to spend
time with a pet. The Dalmatian today has an endless capacity
for exercise and is the ideal companion for people who jog, skate, or bicycle. He’s also a keen competitor in canine sports
such as agility and flyball. A Dalmatian must have adequate daily exercise
to prevent behavior problems from developing. 5. Dalmatians are distinct for their piebald
pattern. Usually, these spots are black or liver. Every Dal is different, but most have these
marks all over their body. If you open up a Dal’s mouth, you can even
find spots in there. However, despite being covered in spots in
adulthood, puppies are born snow white. Pups generally don’t grow their spots until
about four weeks. 4. Unfortunately, the breed has been the object
of fad popularity because of the 101 Dalmatians franchise. Too often this has led to overbreeding of
poor specimens, and homes that are not suited for the breed. The breed also has a high incidence of deafness,
which can lead to communication problems. Too many Dalmatians end up in rescue because
they do not act like the dogs in the movies. 3. Around 30 percent of all Dalmatians are inflicted
with deafness as a result of their spotted markings. Breeding dogs with this coat can lead to a
lack of mature melanocytes in the inner ear. Without these, dogs can become hard of hearing. Dogs with larger patches of black are less
likely to be deaf. So, if your Dal seems to ignore you, it may
be because he is deaf. 2. Dalmatians have a urinary system unique in
the dog world, and they have a few special requirements because of this to prevent medical
complications. Their diet should never be extremely high
in protein, and they must be allowed access to plenty of fresh water at all times. Dalmatians also should have the opportunity
to relieve themselves frequently to keep the urinary system flushed. With these simple protocols in place, your
Dalmatian should live a long, healthy life. 1. While Dals are not particularly good with
children or other pets, he is after all a guard dog by nature, Dalmatians will get along
with other pets and children if socialized as a puppy with all types of pets and people. Dalmatians can make a wonderful active playmate
for children with proper supervision to be sure that both the child and the dog are following
acceptable rules for behavior. Well, there ya have it, 101… I mean 10 fascinating facts about the spotted
pooch, the Dalmatian. From Ancient Egypt to Firetrucks from children’s’
movies to beer ads, the Dalmatian has done it all. We love hearing about your pooches, so tell
us about your Dal in the comments below. Before ya go, take a moment to like and subscribe
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miss a single fact. And as always, catch ya next time.

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Comments
  • This was a great video! I was impressed with the mentioning of the Liver-spotted ones! You guys mentioned the Dalmatian urinary issues but didn't specify that they need a "low purine" diet, as opposed to just low protein. Overall, this video was both interesting and informative!

  • I had to tell mission for 13 years I miss her very much her name was Snoopy but I didn't name her I got her from I was sucking hand getting her but she she was the biggest female Dalmatian. I've ever seen and beautiful she had Hearts all over her God bless my Snoopy I miss you very much Snoopy and God bless you hope to see it when I pass away

  • Poor doggies. I didn’t know they were at a high risk of being deaf. The fact that a lot of them end up in shelters is also heartbreaking. Poor babies.

    I remember that one of our neighbors owned a Dalmatian. I was 6 at the time and had just gotten my first doggy. One day when I was at school. My mom told me that she heard Candy barking and went outside to see what was going on.

    It turned out that our Dalmatian neighbor had gotten into our backyard. He was kinda going to eat Candy. Candy was just a tiny little puppy. He was a miniature teacup French Poodle. So I guess the Dalmatian must’ve mistaken him for a baby sheep or something. He thought Candy was food!

    Luckily, my mom scared him off by shooing him off with a broom. I don’t hold any grudge against this breed, though. I still love them and think they’re super pretty. I love the 101 Dalmatian franchise because, I’m a 90s kid and grew up with it.

  • Dalmatians are great with kids and other pets if socialized when young. Had 2 Dalmatians for 15 years each , 2 kids and birds and lizards. Never any problems.

  • I was watching this and I can't believe that my little girl Kirra features in the video. Animal fact 3 green ball in her mouth, my absolute love!

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