Dalmation ~ The only spotted breed, the Dalmatian is alert and active, possessing great endurance, speed and intelligence. Their working and sporting heritage makes them suitable as both a family pet or performance animal, and they are often found in the show, obedience and agility rings, or galloping alongside a horse as a coach dog in "road trials."
Dalmations the origin is unknown for these distinct canines, the Dalmatian became the preferred dog for firehouses due to their connection with horses. Before engines were created, horse drawn fire carts were in use. Dalmatians were brought in to guard the horses when they weren’t working and run alongside them on their emergencies.