noun, often capitalized \dal-ˈmā-shən\

: a type of dog that has short white fur with many black or brown spots

Full Definition of DALMATIAN

:  any of a breed of medium-sized dogs having a white short-haired coat with many black or brown spots

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from the supposed origin of the breed in Dalmatia
First Known Use: 1824


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Dalmatian.—© Ron Kimball

Breed of dog named after the Adriatic coastal region of Dalmatia, its first definite home. The time and place of the breed's origin are unknown. Though it has served as a guard dog, war dog, fire-department mascot, hunter, shepherd, and performer, it became best known as a coach or carriage dog, functioning as an escort and guard for horse-drawn vehicles. Sleek and short-haired, it is distinguished by its dark-spotted white coat. It stands 19–23 in. (48–58.5 cm) high and weighs 50–55 lbs (23–25 kg), and is generally even-tempered and friendly.


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