What’s Behind Those Spots?

Jun 30 , 2020

What’s Behind Those Spots?

Did you know that Dalmatian puppies are born without spots?


That’s right, at birth these pups are completely white. They are difficult to tell apart since there are few individual markers without their signature spots. Nevertheless, their species can easily identify a pup from their own litter and a pup from a foreign litter. It isn’t until they are 4 weeks old that their spots begin to appear, which is contrary to what we’ve seen in movies, such as “101 Dalmatians”.
Dalmatians are a lovable breed, not just for their appearance but for their protective nature as well.
Dalmatians require significant attention and training. They should be closely watched when they are around children.
While this breed is sought for their athletic prowess, they are known to develop certain health problems. Specifically, you may notice that your Dalmatian ignores your commands. Don’t write off this behavior as a fierce independence. Dalmatians commonly suffer from deafness, in one or both ears.
According to one study, nearly 30% of the breed is partially or completely deaf. The cause of this deafness may surprise you. It is linked to their spots. There is not enough melanin produced in their ears, which leads to deafness.
If you think that only the markings are the key factors of which a sign of a deaf Dalmatian, you’d be wrong.

Another indication of possible hearing loss is their eye color. Blue-eyed Dalmatians are at a higher risk of deafness. The gene that is responsible for having blue eyes is linked with deafness.
Despite this, the breed is very intelligent and independent. If you plan to adopt a Dalmatian, be sure you pay close attention to their responsiveness and go for regular vet check-ups. For all dogs, it is important to get them ID tags with your contact information to be used in the event you are separated.