1987 Kennel Club, London
APPEARANCE - The Dalmatian should be a balanced,
strong, muscular, active dog of good demeanour. Symmetrical
in outline, free from coarseness and lumber, capable
of great endurance with a fair amount of speed.
- (See under General Appearance and Colour.)
- Of good demeanour.
AND SKULL - The head should be of fair length,
the skull flat, reasonably broad between the ears
but refined, moderately well defined at the temples,
i.e. exhibiting a moderate amount of stop; not in
one straight line from nose to occiput bone. Entirely
free from wrinkle. The muzzle should be long and powerful,
never snipy, the lips clean. fitting the jaw moderately
close. The nose in the black spotted variety should
always be black, in the liver spotted variety always
- The eyes, set moderately well apart, should be of
medium size, round, bright and sparkling, with an
intelligent expression, their colour, depending on
the marking of the dog; dark in the black spotted,
amber in the liver spotted. The rim round the eyes
should be complete; black in the black spotted and
liver brown in the liver spotted.
- The ears should be set on rather high, of moderate
size, rather wide at the base, gradually tapering
to a rounded point. Fine in texture, carried close
to head. The markings should be well broken up, preferably
- The teeth should meet. The upper slightly overlapping
the lower (scissor bite).
- The neck should be fairly long, nicely arched, light
and tapering. Entirely free from throatiness.
The shoulders should be moderately oblique, clean
and muscular. Elbows close to the body. The forelegs
perfectly straight with strong round bone down to
the feet, with a slight spring at the pastern joint.
- The chest should not be too wide but deep and capacious
with plenty of lung and heart room. The ribs well
sprung, well defined wither, powerful level back,
loins strong, clean and muscular, and slightly arched.
- Rounded, muscles clean with well developed second
thigh, good turn of stifle and hocks well defined.
- In length reaching approximately to the hocks. Strong
at the insertion gradually tapering towards the end,
it should not be inserted too low or too high, be
free from coarseness and carried with a slight upward
curve, never curled. Preferably spotted.
- Round, compact, with well arched toes (cat-feet)
and round tough elastic pads. Nails black or white
in the black spotted variety, in the liver spotted
- brown or white.
- The Dalmatian should have great freedom of movement.
A smooth, powerful rhythmic action with a long stride.
Viewed from behind, the legs should move in parallel,
the hindlegs tracking the fore. A short stride and
paddling action is incorrect.
- The coat should be short, hard and dense, sleek
and glossy in appearance.
- The ground colour should be pure white. Black spotted
dogs have dense black spots and liver spotted dogs
liver-brown spots. They should not run together but
be round and well defined, the size of a FIVE to a
TWENTY CENT COIN, as well distributed as possible.
Spots on the extremities should be smaller than those
on the body.
- Overall balance of prime importance, but the ideal
height to be aimed at is:
Dogs 58.4-61 cm (23-24 ins.),
Bitches 56-58.4 cm (22-23 ins.).
Patches. Black and liver spots on the same dog (tricolours).
Lemon spots. Bronzing and other faults of pigmentation.
- Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles
fully descended into the scrotum.
Non-Sporting Group A.N.K.C. © January 1998