The Divine Dalmatian
A breed famous for their spotted coat, the Dalmatian dog breed proves a household favorite across the globe. Although many automatically imagine the speckled dog perched atop an old-fashioned fire wagon, the Dalmatian boasts a rather diverse, yet arcane, history. Historians cannot determine the exact origin of the breed but believe the dog earned its name while living in Dalmatia with bands of roaming gypsies. In Dalmatia, the breed enjoyed a variety of tasks. From assisting shepherds to amusing audiences in lighthearted circus performances, the Dalmatian’s complex personality allowed it to accomplish an assorted array of endeavors. The Dalmatian’s keen sense of intelligence and athletic prowess additionally impressed the English who utilized the breed as a coach dog, a job that involved protecting the carriage and horses as well as clearing the coach’s path along crowded city streets. When the Dalmatian crossed the Atlantic and arrived in America, it was given its most well-known title: firefighter. Firehouse Dalmatians continued their work as coach dogs, running alongside fire wagons. However, the breed took a more active role in search and rescue missions. Several reports exist of Dalmatians braving fiery embers to lead disoriented or incapacitated victims to safety. Today, while the population of firehouse Dalmatians has somewhat diminished, the breed still serves as a beloved pet. Their comical personality coupled with a heart of gold secure the Dalmatian a sacred spot in the hearts of dog lovers everywhere.