Dalmatian Springer

40-45 lbs
16-20"
United States
Dalmatian
English Springer Spaniel

The Dalmatian Springer is a mixture of a Dalmatian and English Springer Spaniel. He is a very active dog; he may be very easy to train. He is playful, energetic, and very loving. He is also good with children. He requires a minimal amount of grooming, but may shed a good deal if he inherits the gene from his Dalmatian parent. He may also inherit the desire to hunt and fetch from his English Springer Spaniel parent. He may live in an apartment, but he would likely do best in a home with a fenced-in yard. He may also have a tendency to hunt smaller animals. Generally, he will be a very happy, family-oriented dog.  

Purpose
Companion
Date of Origin
Unknown
Ancestry
Dalmatian and English Springer Spaniel

Dalmatian Springer Health

Average Size
Male Dalmatian Springer size stats
Height: 18-22 inches Weight: 50-55 lbs
Female Dalmatian Springer size stats
Height: 16-20 inches Weight: 40-45 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
  • Phosphofructokinase (PFK) Deficiency
Minor Concerns
  • None
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Deafness
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • CT Scan
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Dalmatian Springer Breed History

The Dalmatian may have originally been called the Talbot Hound. History shows that a dog looking like the Dalmatian was used as a protector of horse drawn carriages, guarding the coach and its cargo. This work was done in the 18th century. Looking even further back, documentation has noted that the Dalmatian was a very versatile canine - his job description has been as a hunter of vermin, a retriever of game on the hunt, and performers in the circus. Of course, one of their most well known jobs has been as a firehouse dog and today, they are still mascots of many modern day stations. Dogs similar to the English Springer Spaniel have been depicted in artwork as far back as the 16th and 17th century. He was used to flush out game birds or other small animals into the open before hunters had guns. Their name “Springer” refers to the fact that they would “spring” onto bushes or other places that small game might hide. Even after firearms became commonplace, the English Springer Spaniel still remained a beloved hunting partner. The first English Springer Spaniel was brought to America by a Canadian breeder. Today, the English Springer Spaniel often competes in field trials.

Dalmatian Springer Breed Appearance

The Dalmatian Springer will most often be seen with a black and white coat but they can also be blue or liver in color. With dark eyes and dark noses, this hybrid typically has a soft coat that is either flat or wavy. The coat, if similar to the Spaniel parent, will be dense and of double thickness. There may be fringe feathering on the ears, chest, legs and belly. Ears may either be small and erect or long and floppy. The tail typically has a curve but can straighten when your Dalmatian Springer is excited or on a chase. Most often the long ear prevails. A medium to large dog, the weight may reach over 50 pounds.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Dalmatian Springer eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Dalmatian Springer nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
black Dalmatian Springer coat
Black
white Dalmatian Springer coat
White
blue Dalmatian Springer coat
Blue
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Dalmatian Springer straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Dalmatian Springer Breed Maintenance

The Dalmatian Springer could have a weatherproof and waterproof double coat that may be straight and flat or wavy with feathering at his ears and feet. Even if this heavy coat is the case, he will not require an immense amount of grooming. Brush him at least three times a week to avoid matting and tangles in his fur. He will shed throughout the year. Some owners trim the feathery areas on the ears and legs to keep grooming to a minimum. If your hybrid inherited long ears, keep them clean. At least once a week, clean his ears to minimize the possibility of infection. To avoid tears in the nails of your active Dalmatian Springer, trim them twice a month. Brush the teeth a few times a week and see the doggy dentist annually to check on the condition of the gums.  

Brushes for Dalmatian Springer
Pin Brush
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Dalmatian Springer requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Dalmatian Springer Temperament

The Dalmatian Springer is friendly and eager to please his owner. He is highly intelligent, quick to learn and very happy to obey. There are reports of separation anxiety in the English Springer Spaniel; it is important not to leave your dog unattended for long hours at a time. The Dalmatian parent influence doubles the need for being home with your pet; he can be hyper and may resort to chewing and destroying property such as shoes and pillows if left alone. This breed is best with a family that has members coming and going often because he needs action - and needs to be included in yours as well.

Dalmatian Springer Activity Requirements

The Dalmatian Springer is a rather active dog. It is recommended that he gets ample exercise. If you have an enclosed area, he will enjoy spending time outdoors with you. A walk of at least one or two miles or more is really great for keeping him in top shape. He may also enjoy swimming as exercise. It is not recommended that you unleash him at the dog park. While he is a friendly dog, he still may have a hunter’s instinct, and he may attempt to flush out smaller animals.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
12 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Dalmatian Springer Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost
$34.00 - $45.00

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