Origins and qualities of the Dalmatian and French Bulldog.
Experts can't nail the origins of the spotted Dalmatian, named for the former Austrian province of Dalmatia, but there's no question he' been around a long time. Initially a hunting dog, although its love of running under carriages as guard and companion dubbed him "Coach Dog." Called also a firehouse dog, it would run alongside or ride on engines. It has also served as war dog, shepherd and drought dog. The Dalmatian is clean-limbed, with head of fair length. Its sparkling eyes are rimmed with black or liver. Its ears are wide at the base and taper slightly to a rounded point, while his tail is set with a slight upward curve. Its short coat is hard, thick, and glossy.
WEIGHT: 45-55 pounds
HEIGHT 19-23 inches
COLOR: background of pure white marked with small and well-defined black or liver spots.
Its ancestors were toy English Bulldogs, shipped to France in large numbers. Interbred with several other breeds, their offspring were given the name Boule-Dogue Francais. Here is a relatively heavy-boned, compactly made little dog with a short, well-rounded body, broader at the front than at the back. Its head is huge and square having slightly rounded forehead, short, broad muzzle, and well-developed cheeks. Its medium-size eyes are dark in color and set broad. Its most unusual feature is perfect bat ears, broad at the base, long and rounded on top. They are carried high on the head and upright, with their openings directly forward. The naturally short tail could be either straight or screw, while the coat is short and glossy.
WEIGHT. 18-28 pounds
HEIGHT about 12 inches
COLOR: brindle, fawn, white, brindle and white.
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