Dalmatians consistently make the “Top 10 Most Dangerous Dogs” list, but perhaps the reason for their higher than average bite rate is due to poor breeding, inexperienced owners, and the tendency towards deafness in the breed which can cause fear biting when startled.
Other Names: Dalmatiner
Many people think of “fire house” dogs when they think of Dalmatians.¬†¬† Originally bred to run under or along-side of¬† horse-drawn carriages, th breed retains the traits of extreme energy and high stamina.¬† Although playful, , easy going and dedicated to their owners, Dalmatians require considerable exercise to keep them balanced.
Dalmatians are recognized by the AKC and classified in the group: Gun Dog, AKC Non-Sporting.
Height: Dogs 22-24 inches (50-60cm.) Bitches 20-22 inches (50-55cm.)
Weight: about 55 pounds (25 kg.)
Personality and Traits
The breed has a tendency towards developing aggressive behavior. Poorly bred or untrained dogs are capable of inflicting tremendous damage to humans and other animals because of their speed and powerful bites. Due to inbreeding, Dalmatians also have a higher rate of deafness than most other dog breeds.¬† This could also play a role in why they attack humans, especially children, who may startled them.
DogBreedInfo.org cautions inexperienced dog owners about the nature of Dalmatians: “The Dalmatian needs a lot of leadership along with human companionship in order to be happy. They will not do well left out in the yard all day and have been known to dig crater size holes when done so. The Dalmatian enjoys playing with children, but if they do not receive enough mental and physical exercise they may become high-strung, and too excitable for a small child. This build up of energy causes their minds to become unstable and they can become timid without enough socialization. They get along well with other pets, but without proper human to dog alpha communication where the human clearly tells the dog that he is not in charge and fighting is an unwanted behavior, they may become aggressive with strange dogs.”