If you have your heart for a unique, smart, and all-around fun crossbreed, Dalmadoodle is the place for you.
What is a Dalmadoodle?
The Dalmadoodle is an eye-catching and intelligent eye-catcher between the gorgeous Dalmatian and the skillful poodle.
With a look that is sure to keep people in their footsteps, it’s no wonder the Dalmadoodle’s popularity has grown steadily.
However, it is a crossbreed, and along with the crossbreeding, controversy arises. Let’s find out why.
Designer dog controversy
A hybrid dog (also known as a designer dog or crossbreed) like the Dalmadoodle is the offspring of two specially selected purebred parents.
Designer breeders hope that their litters will retain certain traits from their purebred parents, such as intelligence and a unique coat.
And while there are skeptics who insist that hybrids and nuts are simply one and the same, proponents of crossbreeding point out that while a crossbreed has two purebred parents, a mutt has multiple breeds in its blood.
If you want to learn more about mutts and crossbreeds, visit us here.
However, you should also know that there is a debate about the health of purebreds and crossbreeds.
It is a known fact that purebreds suffer from many generational defects due to generations of overbreeding.
Those who support crossbreeding hope the practice could be a solution to these genetic health problems.
However, other experts claim that crossbreeds and purebreds have an equal chance of inheriting certain health problems. More information about this argument can be found here.
Unfortunately, the debate and studies are ongoing, so it is difficult to say who is really right on this matter.
That said, we think it’s important to learn as much as you can about any future dog you are considering, whether it is a purebred dog or a mixed breed. We are therefore glad that you are here.
History of the Dalmadoodle
The Dalmadoodle is a newer generation hybrid, which simply means that very little is known about how it came about.
However, a look at the history of his purebred parents should give us a glimpse of how this unique crossbreed works and why he is the way he is.
Let’s start with the Dalmatian.
History of the Dalmatian
The origins of the Dalmatian go back a long way, making it difficult for experts to pinpoint the breed’s origin.
According to the American Kennel Club, many experts believe the Dalmatian got its start in the British Isles, Europe, North Africa, and Asia.
However, it was not until the 19th century that the Dalmatian could be placed near Central Europe, in an area previously called Dalmatia, by specific documentation.
Bred as a coach dog, the Dalmatian found work alongside horse-drawn carriages. It was his duty to guard these wagons when the occupants were absent.
The Dalmatian was also a favorite dog of the gypsies, who, as is well known, wandered with them across Europe.
Many believe that this is why the true origin of the Dalmatian is so difficult to find, considering that, like the gypsies, they considered the whole world to be their home.
But not only gypsies loved the Dalmatian.
Nobles from Brittan were enthusiastic about this breed and gave it not only as bait dogs but also as companions.
In the 1800s, the Dalmatians became famous for traveling by fire engines, and this is how the famous friendship between the breed and the firefighters began.
By 1888 the Dalmatian had found its way to America, where it was officially registered with the American Kennel Club.
Currently, the Dalmatian ranks 62nd out of 194 on the AKC’s list of the most popular dog breeds.
So what about the poodle?
Origin of the poodle
While we’ve all heard the term “French poodle,” there really isn’t anything.
In fact, the poodle originally came from Germany, where it was mainly bred as a duck hunting dog over 400 years ago.
Amazingly, the poodle’s famous haircut actually came from his duck hunt, when his fabulous pompoms were used for practical reasons rather than vanity.
Poodles were bred to swim in very cold waters to bring ducks for their owners, and the elaborate pom-poms were designed to protect their bodies and give them mobility and speed in the water.
Later on, this extravagant haircut would ultimately help move the poodle from his job to the luxury rounds.
From the hunt to home
Indeed, the poodle has the Cinderella story that went from rag to riches when nobles began to like his fanciful coat, loyal demeanor, and natural display.
But the always humble poodle stuck to his work ethic and has been used as a circus dog as well as a truffle hunter throughout history.
Today, the poodle ranks seventh out of 190 on the American Kennel Club’s list of the most popular dog breeds.
And considering where the Dalmatian and Poodle are from, it’s no wonder the Dalmadoodle gets so much praise.
How big does a Dalmadoodle get?
Since the Dalmadoodle crossbreed is a mix of two larger dogs, it can be expected to grow larger.
There are some differences in size between the Dalmatian and the Poodle, however, so the size of your Dalmadoodle can vary.
The Dalmatian, for example, grows to around 19 to 24 inches and can weigh 45 to 75 pounds. The poodle, on the other hand, is available in three sizes:
However, the Dalmadoodle is typically a cross between the Dalmatian and the Standard Poodle, which is the largest poodle size variant, standing over 15 inches and weighing 40 to 70 pounds.
So you can expect your Dalmadoodle to be 15 to 19 inches in size and 40 to 75 pounds in weight.
What will the Dalmadoodle look like?
As with all crossbreeds, the Dalmatian Poodle mix varies based on what it inherits from its parents.
Given that the Dalmatian and the Poodle look so different, there is a multitude of looks you could get. Let’s take a look at your options.
With its floppy ears, its short, smooth fur, and its long tail, the famous spotted fur of the Dalmatian come in two colors:
- Liver and white
- Blue Belton (Black and White)
The standard poodle comes in different colors, including:
- Blue Belton
Like the Dalmatian, the poodle has long, flabby ears, but its fur is thick, curly, and barely sloping.
When it comes to your Dalmadoodle cross, prepare for any number of fur variations.
Remember that the way your Dalmadoodle looks is left to chance.
If you are looking to add a Dalmadoodle or a Dalmatian mix or Poodle mix to your home, there is something you should know about temperament.
Dalmatian hybrids and poodle hybrids are known to be quite intelligent, so you can assume that your Dalmadoodle is intelligent too.
But what other personality traits could your Dalmadoodle inherit? Just take a look.
The Dalmatian is a handsome purebred with a lot of self-confidence.
He is famous for his looks and his brain.
He is very loyal to his family and gets along well with the dogs and children he grew up with.
However, they can be awkward with strangers and have a tendency to become territorial and protective, although not known to be an aggressive breed.
The poodle is also best known for its intelligence and will delight its family with its incredible ability to learn tricks.
This is a breed that loves to show itself and is a natural entertainer.
He is very good with the family and enjoys other dogs.
However, he has a hunting background, so families with smaller pets should not keep their poodle unattended in a room.
Remember, your Dalmadoodle can inherit any number of the temperamental traits listed above. For this reason, we always recommend early socialization and obedience training.
Grooming and caring for a Dalmadoodle
How you care for your Dalmatian cross poodle will depend on the type of fur it inherits from its parents.
While the Dalmatian has a shorter coat, it needs to be brushed weekly to reduce hair loss and keep its hair shiny and healthy.
The poodle requires a lot more grooming and needs to be brushed several times a week to keep their thick curly hair from matting.
And while there is no such thing as a hypoallergenic dog, the poodle doesn’t shed often and produces much less dandruff than other dog breeds, reducing the chance of allergies.
The Dalmatian is pretty much the shed, however, so the decision as to whether or not to ditch your Dalmadoodle is left to genetics.
Your Dalmadoodle also needs regular ears cleaning to avoid ear infections, and their nails are trimmed so that they don’t crack or split.
Training and education needs from Dalmadoodle
The Dalmatian x Poodle will be an active crossbreed considering it was descended from two very active purebred parents.
We recommend giving your Poodle-Dalmatian mix at least an hour or two of exercise a day.
This could include a long walk, a nice romp in the yard, and a pickup game.
Fortunately, the Poodle x Dalmatian is intelligent and training should be easy.
Dalmadoodle lifespan and health issues
The lifespan of the Dalmatian x Poodle can vary based on what it inherits from its parent breeds.
While the Dalmatian has a lifespan of 11 to 13 years, they are prone to certain health problems including deafness, skin allergies, urinary stones, obesity, epilepsy, thyroid disorders, and eye problems.
The poodle, on the other hand, has a lifespan of 10 to 18 years and is prone to hip dysplasia, epilepsy, progressive retinal atrophy, Addison’s disease, thyroid problems, gas, and hypoglycemia.
You may want to consider getting your Dalmadoodle screened early as it can help you avoid or prepare for certain hereditary health problems.
What is the ideal house type for a Dalmadoodle?
The Dalmatian Poodle Mix is best for homes with a large fenced yard to run and play in and a home with an owner who can keep their intelligent mind active.
This is a cross that needs a lot of stimulation, both physically and mentally.
If you are able to ensure early socialization, proper training, and plenty of activity, the Dalmadoodle may be the perfect dog for you.
How do I find a Dalmadoodle puppy?
A good thing about crossing a Dalmatian Poodle from a breeder is that you can ask questions about temperament and health issues with previous litters.
Also, keep in mind that most repeatable breeders can provide health certificates showing that their litters have been screened for health.
No matter what source you go through to get your Dalmadoodle puppy, remember to go through a reliable and responsible source.
We hope you enjoy this unique and beautiful crossbreed and it will bring you many years of joy.