While searching for an appropriate dog crate, consider how big you expect your Dalmatian to grow. Dog crates usually show a strength rating based on weight of dog.
Average weight of adult Dalmatian = 40-60 lbs
Make sure your dog crate is a few inches higher than your dogs height.
Average height of adult Dalmatian = 19-23 inches
A little about the Dalmatian:
The Dalmatian is a very recognizable breed. It has a very distinctive look and most people associate them to movies they’ve seen or the classic fire mans dog laying around the fire house.
The origins of the Dalmatians pattern is unknown. There is evidence that the pattern is of ancient origin but for the most part the breed’s birth is unknown. The Dalmatian name is from a region in western Yugoslavia called Dalmatia. It’s theorized that their ancestors may have included a smaller version of the spotted Great Dane.
Many dogs are breed for a particular function but the Dalmatians specific function is unclear. There are records of them performing many roles. A “jack of all trades” type of breed. One of the Dalmatians well known functions was as a Victorian England coach dog. There unique look caught the eye of the upper class in England and made a perfect choice for this role. Once the automobile replaced the coach, the Dalmatians popularity declined. They still had a place as a coach dog for horse drawn fire engines. This is how the association with fire houses began.
The popularity of this breed has always been very high or very low. The breed having such a distinctive look would catch the eye of movie makers. The Dalmatian would be featured in a movie and suddenly a great demand for them would occur.
Dalmatians require a lot of exercise and attention. The Dalmatian was breed to run for miles. They are very playful and enthusiastic. They need a daily strong walk and an area to play. Consider your dogs daily exercise requirements when figuring out your crate training schedule.
Dalmatian exercise requirements = 3 out of 5
(5 being the breed of dog that requires the highest level of exercise)
Average life span of the Dalmatian = 12-14 years
Dog crates combined with dogs not getting enough exercise will result in behavior problems. The Dalmatian needs their daily exercise for them to behave well at home. Dog crates work best when your dog is getting the exercise he needs. If you’re going to use a dog crate, make sure he’s getting that exercise.
Both you and he will be happier for it.