The distinguished Dalmatian, known for his spotted coat and distinctive work description, is Dogdom’s global citizen. These “coach dogs” have ridden alongside horse-drawn rigs used by royalty, gypsies, and firefighters throughout their long history. One of the most unusual coats in the animal kingdom is adorned by the lovely, eye-catching spots of black or liver that characterize the Dalmatian. A sleek, nicely proportioned trotting dog measuring between 19 and 23 inches at the shoulder can be seen underneath the markings. Dals have powerful hindquarters and are built to run long distances; this force is what gives them their graceful, fluid gait. Some of Dal’s innate protective instinct still exists because it was initially developed to defend horses and coaches. Dals are dignified and reserved dogs who are good watchdogs but can be distant from strangers. Dals are intelligent, devoted, and affectionate home dogs when living with their favorite humans. They make excellent running and hiking partners since they are powerful, athletic, and very durable.