Meet the Dalmatian

Did you know that October 1st is officially National Fire Pup Day? Dogs have played a very important role in firefighting history, and have helped save many lives. As you likely know, the classic firehouse dog is the Dalmatian. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair animal hospital, you’ll learn all about these wonderful spotted dogs.

Breed Information

The Dalmatian breed was officially recognized by the AKC back in 1888. These adorable pooches can make wonderful pets. They are very intelligent, friendly, and playful, and are also super cute. Dalmatians do need quite a bit of exercise, however, so if you want to adopt one, be prepared for lots of walks and play sessions!

Spots

One very interesting thing about Dalmatians is that they are actually born without spots. It usually takes about three or four weeks for those iconic dark dots to appear. Dalmatians shed year-round, but regular brushings will help keep their coats nice and shiny, and will also trap that dead fur in a brush before it gets everywhere.

Firefighting History

These spotted pups have been associated with firemen since long before cars were invented. In the old days, Dalmatians were often used as carriage dogs. They were great at this, in part because of their stamina, but also because they have a natural ability to bond with horses. In fact, Dalmatians often got along so well with their equine buddies that they would sleep near them! Before cars were invented, firefighters used teams of horses to haul water to fires. The horses would often get nervous and frightened at the sight and smell of the flames. Dalmatians were initially enlisted to help keep the horses calm while firefighters battled the fires. Needless to say, they did a wonderful job! They also made great watchdogs, and helped keep horse thieves away.

Today’s Dalmatian

Although their jobs have changed quite a bit over the years, Dalmatians can still be found working in many firehouses today. Today’s Dalmatians aren’t used to keep horses calm, but they do help firefighters by guarding their belongings, and also by providing companionship, comfort, and love. These adorable mascots are definitely worth celebrating!

Do you have questions or concerns about your pet’s care? Contact us here at Fairfield Animal Hospital, your local Cy-Fair animal clinic, anytime. We are happy to serve all of your pet care needs!