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Long Haired Dalmatian – The Complete Guide

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel
Dec 2 ·

When you think of Dalmatians, you probably picture them with short hair. However, did you know that they can also be long-haired? Believe it or not, The Long Haired Dalmatian does exist, and they are not mixed breeds. Instead, they’re purebreds who ended up with a recessive gene, giving them longer fur.

Appearance

As with all Dalmatians, a Long Haired Dalmatian is born with a white coat. When they’re about two to four weeks old, they begin to develop their spots. These spots are almost always black, but they can be other colors as well. For example, their spots can also be liver or brown, brindle, lemon, or tri-color. Gingerbreadvalley…

Females are usually smaller than males, so you can expect your female Long Haired Dalmatian to grow to be 19 to 22 inches tall and a male to grow between 21 and 23 inches tall. They both weigh the same amount, weighing between 45 and 60 pounds. 

Temperament

There’s a lot to love about Long Haired Dalmatians. In fact, they’re very similar to other Dalmatians with short hair. For example, they’re loyal and affectionate with their family members. Also, they’re great with young children and other dogs. However, they might be wary of strangers at first.

Long Haired Dalmatians need early training and early socialization to bring out the best of them. Overall, though, they’re generally friendly. Luckily, this doggo is easy to train.

In addition, Long Haired Dalmatians make an excellent watchdog. They’ll protect their family and their territory, barking to alert you if anything seems off. Aarnold…

Caring for your Long Haired Dalmatian

With proper care through nutrition, excellent grooming, and exercise, you can expect your Long Haired Dalmatian to have an average lifespan of about 12 to 14 years. 

Grooming

Long Haired Dalmatians do shed but not any more than a short-haired Dalmatian would. In other words, this doggo is not hypoallergenic. So, if you suffer from allergies, then a Long Haired Dalmatian might not be the best choice for you. To control the shedding, you’ll want to brush their coat at least two to three times per week.

In addition, you can bring them to a professional grooming salon once a month to give them a good cleaning and a bath. Otherwise, be sure to trim their nails, clean their ears, and brush their teeth regularly. Clarks…

Diet

You can feed this dog anything that your vet approves. For example, they can have high-quality kibble or canned wet food from a commercial dog food brand or homemade dog food.

Exercise

Long Haired Dalmatians have high energy levels. So, you’ll want to make sure that they get at least an hour or two of exercise every day. They’ll enjoy long walks, jogs, hikes, or playing around in a fenced-in yard. You can also bring them to the dog park once in a while to let out some energy. Jaxx…

Health

As with every other dog breed, Long Haired Dalmatians are prone to a few health issues even though they’re relatively healthy.

For example, they are prone to the following health problems:

  • Bladder Stones
  • Deafness (common in all Dalmatians)
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Atopy
  • Epilepsy

Where to find a Long Haired Dalmatian

You can try to call your local animal shelter or rescue organization to see if they have Long Haired Dalmatians available for adoption. However, since this dog breed has a recessive gene, they’re hard to come by. Your best bet will be to look for a reputable breeder. Wetwillie…

Unfortunately, even though this dog is purebred, the American Kennel Club does not recognize Dalmatians as having long hair. So, you’ll be able to find reputable Dalmatian breeders on the AKC Marketplace, but they may not breed Long Haired Dalmatians.

You might have to research ethical breeders yourself, so remember that a good breeder will do the following:

  • Health screen and genetically test the parents before breeding to ensure it’s safe (recessive genes can cause health issues) and then gets the puppies tested to ensure they’re healthy
  • Have health documents and family tree history available for you to bring home upon adoption
  • Socialize and train the puppies as early as possible
  • Ensure the puppies are up to date with their vaccinations
  • Want to meet with you in person so they can get to know you and allow you to meet the parents and the puppies

In addition, a good breeder will know a lot about the Dalmatian breed and the genetics behind Long Haired Dalmatians. They’ll be able to answer all your questions about the breed and the breeding process. Also, they can tell you about their experience and reputation as a breeder.

If you find a breeder that doesn’t do the above, they could be a puppy mill or backyard breeder. Avoid them since they’re more interested in making a profit rather than finding the puppies good homes. Also, they don’t breed the dogs in healthy or safe conditions. In addition, these breeders might pass off Long Haired Dalmatians as “unique” or a separate Dalmatian breed when they’re not. Emmapongo…

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How much does a Long Haired Dalmatian cost?

For this dog breed, you can expect to pay anywhere between $800 and $1,200. The cost may vary depending on the number of puppies per litter, the breed’s popularity, the breeder’s location, the time of year, and more. 

Is a Long Haired Dalmatian right for you?

Long Haired Dalmatians are a delight to have. Aside from their coat, they’re not much different than other purebred Dalmatians that have short hair. If you can handle a big dog in your home and the shedding, then Long Haired Dalmatians are loyal, affectionate, and friendly to be around.

Long Haired Dalmatian – Photos

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Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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