Dalmatian Mixes: Spot The Right Partner For You

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Best known for their starring role in Disney’s animated classic, 101 Dalmatians, these spotted pooches are great dogs. They are smart and talented canines with outgoing personalities who excel at a variety of canine tasks.

However, in addition to purebred Dalmatians, there are also a ton of awesome Dalmatian mixes out there – including a few who just may be more adorable! 

Check out some of our favorite Dalmatian mixes and see which one may be best for your family!  

Dalmatian Breed Basics

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Before we shine a spotlight on the many spotty softie mixes available for adoption, we’ll get you up to speed on the basics of the Dalmatian breed. 

We’ll cover their history, temperament, trainability, and care needs to give you an idea of what to expect.

And yes, we’ll try and tone it down with the spot jokes…. At least for now.

Dalmatian History 

While 101 Dalmatians may be your first experience of Dalmatians, these four-footers actually go back thousands of years — so far back that no one is actually quite sure of their exact origin and roots! However, we do know that they likely descended from pointer dogs and were eventually selectively bred to be coach dogs.

They would trot alongside carriages and protect the horses (and the people within the carriages) from harm, deterring threats and alerting coachmen to potential dangers during the journey. 

While the days of carriages are long gone, Dalmatians still retain that strong guarding instinct and make loyal, devoted companions for families. Dalmatians were recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1888. 

Dalmatian Temperament 

The Dalmatian is a dignified and reserved pup who trots with his head held high. While he may never be as affectionate as a lap dog breed or as outgoing as a goldie, that’s not to say he won’t make a fantastic family companion.

After all, instead of cuddles and licks you’ll get a brave, fiercely loyal four-footer who’ll protect you from harm’s way and keep you feeling safe whenever you’re home alone. 

He’s also energetic and playful, making him well-suited to active families who want a sturdy playmate. Just be mindful that he isn’t too tolerant of boisterous young children. Despite his tough nature, he’s sensitive at heart and prefers a playmate who’ll respect his space when he’s worn out. 

Dalmatian Appearance

Dalmatian appearance

The Dalmatian stands 19 to 24 inches tall at the withers and weighs between 45 and 70 pounds, putting him in the medium or large category, depending on where you draw the line between the two. His most defining characteristic is his iconic spotty coat, but he has plenty of other distinct characteristics too, like his athletic stature, piercing expression, and powerful hindquarters.

The Dalmatian’s coat is smooth and short. While black and white is the most well-known color combo (in part thanks to Disney), the coat comes in a whole range of colors, including liver brown, orange, lemon, and tan. 

Dalmatian Trainability

The Dalmatian is an intelligent, quick-witted dog who is generally eager to please those he forms a close connection with. However, his dignified nature does mean he can have a mind of his own sometimes, which can make training him more challenging than other breeds. 

That said, he’ll still pick up any command you throw his way — just make sure to be consistent and use high-value rewards that keep him interested and focused. You should also be mindful that the Dalmatian is sensitive, so getting frustrated or snapping at him will only serve to push him away and leave him anxious.

The Dalmatian does have a protective side, and while this can provide his owner with a sense of security, it can be a double-edged sword: It can make him wary, even fearful around strangers. He also often struggles to adapt to unfamiliar environments. For this reason, it’s important to socialize him from an early age to prepare him for all different people, experiences, and surroundings. 

Dalmatian Exercise Requirements

With endless energy and a body built for endurance, it’s no surprise that the Dalmatian has high exercise needs. 

This active four-footer needs at least an hour of exercise per day to stay fit and happy. He particularly appreciates exercises that allow him to work out both his muscles and mind, like hiking, tug-of-war, and lure coursing.

Grooming a Dalmatian

grooming a Dalmatian

Good news: Dalmatians have low-maintenance coats! They only require a good brush once a week to keep their fur (and spots) looking great. This means you won’t have to master the ins outs of a slicker brush, as you would with some other breeds. 

However, do note that just because they don’t require daily brushing, it doesn’t mean they aren’t heavy shedders. Dalmatians shed a lot throughout the year, so they aren’t the best fit for people who aren’t a fan of “wearing” fluff every day. 

Dalmatian Health Issues 

These spotted pups are relatively healthy overall and most live for up to 11 to 13 years. However, as is the case for any dog, they are prone to a few health issues, including hip dysplasia, hereditary deafness, bladder stones, and epilepsy. 

15 Dalmatian Mixes: Super Spotty Softies 

Dalmatian mixes are just as diverse as the spots on a Dalmatian’s coat! We’ll take a close look at some of the best Dalmatian mixes — including a few rare ones — below!

1. Bodacion (Border Collie x Dalmatian)

Pair two highly intelligent, work-driven breeds together, and you get a smarty paws who will leave you in awe at his mastery of advanced tricks and commands! Sure, he may still be a lil’ independent like his Dalmatian parent, but most do take on the biddable nature of the border collie and respond to training extremely well.

The Bodacion is an exceptionally loyal Dalmatian mix, who loves being by his owner’s side. However, he’ll need lots of attention and mental stimulation throughout the day to stave off boredom. Left to his own devices, he may engage in destructive habits like chewing and excessive barking.

2. Pitmation (Pit Bull x Dalmatian)

The Pitmation is a popular cross between the pit bull and Dalmatian, and it’s easy to see why they’re so beloved. Despite their sometimes-negative reputation, pit bulls are extremely doting, loving dogs who see their humans as their whole world. They just need a bit of extra socialization to keep their wariness around other dogs in check.

Most Pitmations inherit the pit bull’s affectionate nature, so they tend to be more open to the lapdog role than standard Dalmatians. They also love to play, have a zest for life, and appreciate an owner who can take the time to work out their muscles every day. 

3. Goldmation (Golden Retriever x Dalmatian)

Combine the happy-go-lucky, outgoing demeanor of the golden retriever with the reserved nature of the Dalmatian, and you get a pup whose personality can be a total surprise.

While it can be hard to predict whether you’ll have an outgoing sociable pup or a reserved pooch, you can expect the Goldmation to be polite around strangers at the bare minimum. He’s also a big ol’ softie at heart and will always be up for a game of fetch or a tug-of-war battle. 

4. Dalmachshund (Dachshund x Dalmatian)

The Dalmachshund is a curious, athletic, and vigilant Dalmatian mix, with an appetite for adventure (and treats of course!). When he’s not sniffing out buried toys or keeping his eye on passersby, you’ll often find him demanding belly rubs from his favorite humans. 

Dalmachshunds are usually smaller than standard Dalmatians. While Dalmachshunds look absolutely adorable, you’ll need to be extra cautious if they inherit the Dachshund’s elongated body shape. Jumps, falls, or boisterous play can potentially leave them with back injuries.

5. Dalmador (Labrador x Dalmatian)

Seeking a hiking buddy who can join you on all your treks? Then look no further than the Dalmador. This pup is a combo of two athletic breeds famous for their high activity levels, so you can betcha you’re in for a bundle of energy who’ll share your excitement for all the world has to offer. 

Dalmadors tend to be more outgoing than purebred Dalmatians, so they can potentially be a good option for social butterflies. However, always meet the Dalmador in person first. Every mix is unique and some will still inherit the Dalmatian’s independent streak.

6. Beaglemation (Beagle x Dalmation)

The Beaglemation is a medium-sized pooch who takes great pleasure in sniffing out new smells and playing fun, interactive games with his humans. 

Most Beaglemations do have a sensitive side. While this means they typically love to be total cuddle-pups, it does mean you need to be extra cautious with your training. Never scold them and always use gentle, reward-based measures.

7. Dalmatian Spaniel (English Springer Spaniel x Dalmatian)

Dalmatian Spaniels quite literally have a “spring” in their step! These bundles of energy (and joy) have high activity levels and make fantastic running partners. They also tend to get along well with children, so they’re well-suited to kids after a sidekick, er, playmate too. 

Dalmatian Spaniels that take on the springer spaniel’s love for pleasing their owners are typically more receptive to training. This can make these adorable mutts an awesome choice for first-time owners who can keep up with their exercise needs. However, just be warned that this Dalmatian mix can struggle with being left alone and is particularly prone to separation anxiety

8. Sharmatian (Shar Pei x Dalmatian)

Despite having a reputation for trouble in some circles, the shar pei isn’t an out-of-control, aggressive dog. He just needs a bit of extra socialization and training to bring out his best traits. With the right owner, the shar pei is an incredibly faithful, loving, and protective pooch who can stay calm in the presence of danger. You can expect your Sharmatian to have these traits (or at least a few of ‘em). 

Most Sharmatians are slightly bulkier than purebred Dalmations and they don’t need much grooming. However, pups that inherit the shar pei’s iconic wrinkles will need a bit more TLC — you’ll need to wipe their folds to keep dirt buildup and infections at bay.

9. Bullmatian (Bulldog x Dalmatian)

The Bullmatian is a powerful Dalmatian mix, with a muscular stature built for tough work (or for  tug-of-war battles). Beneath all his muscles though, you’ll find a softie who’s typically easygoing and appreciates a cozy night in as much as a long walk.

Bullmatians can be wary around other people and dogs, so they do need ongoing socialization to help them feel at ease. And while they typically aren’t heavy shedders, they do often “bless” their owners with a whole lot of drool and slobber…But hey, don’t let this put you off these pups too much — just treat it as a sign of their love!

10. Dalcorgi (Pembroke Welsh Corgi x Dalmatian)

The Dalcorgi is a ridiculously adorable pup, who’s sure to keep your heart swooning, even if he shreds through your satin pillowcases or tears up your leather shoes.

But this Dalmatian mix isn’t all looks and no substance. He’s a cheerful, playful, and bold pup who gets up to plenty of entertaining antics.

Dalcorgis can vary in size, though most stand 12 to 19 inches tall and weigh up to 45 pounds. Since they’re typically smaller than standard Dalmatians, they can be a great option for apartment dwellers, provided they’re exercised daily and given plenty of ways to work out their brains.

11. Dalmatian Shepherd (Australian Shepherd x Dalmatian)

The Dalmatian Shepherd isn’t a pup for everyone. This is an active dog who’s a proud workaholic, practically never tires, and needs a job to feel happy and content. But for those who can give him the job he needs to thrive? He makes for an absolutely pawfect companion who’s sure to win you over with his quick wit, intelligence, and exuberant personality.

Do note that a “job” doesn’t have to be herding livestock or becoming the next flyball champion; it can be any activity that puts his problem-solving skills to use and allows him to release his energy. Some great activities that fit the bill include hiking, running, and Disc Dog.

12. Dalusky (Siberian Husky x Dalmatian)

The Dalusky is a very interesting Dalmatian mix, as his parent breeds have as many similarities as they have differences! What we know for certain is that you’ll be in for an athletic, work-driven four-footer with an independent streak. He’ll also be incredibly smart and playful. 

If your husky Dalmatian mix is more akin to his Dalmatian parent, expect him to be reserved around strangers and alert. But if he’s anything like the Siberian husky? You’re in for a mischief-loving, outgoing pup who’ll sing you the song of his people whenever he gets the chance. We’re talking howls, barks, grunts, and whines – sometimes in simultaneous fashion.

13. Bassamatian (Basset Hound x Dalmatian)

The Bassamatian is basically the Indiana Jones of the canine realm. And by that, we mean he’s an active, curious pooch who never turns down an adventure. In fact, he’ll often go looking for adventures himself. So yeah, keep a close eye on him and keep him on a tight leash in unsecured areas.

The Bassamatian is also a sweet and gentle Dalmatian mix, who loves spending time with his family. He can be headstrong (no doubt because of his adventurous streak), but he’ll respond to training well with some high-value treats and good ol’ praise.

14. Dalmadoodle (Poodle x Dalmatian)

The Dalmadoodle — who is just as adorable as his name sounds — is a fun-loving tail wagger with a faithful and gentle temperament. When he’s not channeling his endless energy through interactive play, agility, or runs, you’ll find this Dalmatian mix watching over his owners and alerting them to potential dangers (like the vacuum).

Most Dalmadoodles also inherit the poodle’s iconic curly coat. This coat type gives them an extra fluffy appearance and it comes with an additional perk: It’s “hypoallergenic.” This means the Dalmadoodle can be a fabulous option for those who get the sniffles around pet fur or dander. 

But as always, we must remind pup parents that there’s no such thing as a 100% hypoallergenic coat. All this buzzword means is that the coat is less likely to trigger allergies than a heavy shedding coat.  

15. Jack Russell Dalmatian (Jack Russell x Dalmatian) 

The Jack Russell Dalmatian is a high-octane hound who’s ready to take on the world. This woofer is an extremely exuberant pupper who wants nothing more than to play, run, and explore the great outdoors. He also gets the zoomies. And we mean a LOT of zoomies.

With a family who can meet his needs and keep him occupied, he makes a faithful dog who’ll quickly show you the true meaning of love and friendship, as cliche as it sounds. 

Expect this Dalmatian mix to reach around 15 to 20 inches tall. While they do shed moderately, their coats are low maintenance and don’t retain dirt or odors easily. They’ll only need a good brush once or twice a week (a perk if you see grooming as a cumbersome task). 

The Best Families for a Dalmatian Mix

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Though undeniably cute, these spotted Spots aren’t ideal for all living situations. Just consider the following factors when trying to decide if a Dalmatian mix is a good fit for your fam.

  • Do you have time to provide your Dalmatian mix with plenty of exercise? Dalmatians are high-energy dogs, as are most mixes featuring the breed. Be sure you can spare at least one hour per day for walks, games of fetch in the backyard, and other kinds of four-footed fun.
  • Can you accommodate a medium to large dog? While each individual Dalmatian mix can vary in size, most are going to reach at least 40 to 50 pounds, with some being larger. As a general rule, the gear and supplies you’ll need for larger dogs are more expensive than the ones you’d need for smaller pups.
  • Are you ready for a dog that’s not super-easy to train? While they’re not the most difficult dogs in the world to train, the average Dalmatian mix will present more training challenges than, say, a Lab or golden retriever will. You’ll need to have patience, plenty of positive energy, and a sense of humor to train these floofs (not to mention, a truckload of treats).

If you’re not scared off by these questions, a Dalmatian mix may very well be a great fit for your family. Just be sure to meet the doggo in question before bringing him home, as well as the parents, if possible.

Where Can You Find a Dalmatian Mix?

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Now that you’re excited about adding an adorable Dalmatian mix to your pack, you’re faced with a challenge: How and where can you find a Dalmatian mix of your own?

Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy answer to this question — you’ll often just have to get out there and start looking. But while we can’t tell you exactly where to find one, we can share a few of the best places to start your search:

  • Dalmatian breed clubs: Even though breed clubs are generally oriented around purebred individuals, some also embrace mixes.
  • Social media: If you search for hashtags like #dalmatianmix or #dalmatianmixed breed, you’ll find owners who have a Dalmatian mix, and you may even stumble upon breeders who have a litter for adoption or sale.
  • Classified ads: Both local media outlets and pet-centered websites (such as PetFinder.com) will publish ads from breeders, giving you a chance to track down a Dalmatian mix.
  • People at the dog park: Other dog owners at the local dog park can be a treasure trove of info! If you’re lucky, you may even stumble across a person who already has a Dalmatian mix and can share contact info for the breeder.

A Dalmatian mix can be a little challenging to train, but your efforts will be more than worth it! You’ll get a protective, loyal, and lovable four-footer who will fill your heart with heartwarming moments (and plenty of spotty goodness).

Did you spot your Dalmatian mix on our list? What’s your favorite thing about him? Which of the parent breeds does he take after? Let us know in the comments below and feel free to share your favorite Dalmatian mix that we didn’t include here!

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  1. bruh Avatar

    The first dog is not even a Dalmation or Border Collie, at all. Its a Miniature Australian Shepherd puppy. I thought a dog site would know this basic breed. The Dalmaschund is a pure Merle Daschund. The Bullmation is some sort probably a Staffordshire Bull Terrier that is definetaly mixed with Australian Cattle Dog. Ill add more later because im busy at the moment.

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Hey there, Bruh.
      These are all photos in which the breed makeup has been provided by the original source of the photo. Some of them may not be 100% correct, but you cannot be certain about that by simply looking at a dog.
      Even experienced shelter workers routinely misidentify dogs based solely on physical appearance.
      But we thank you for checking out the site!

  2. Perdre Du Poids Rapidement Avatar

    Great information! Thanks for your hard work!

    1. Ben Team Avatar

      Thank you for reading, Perdre!

  3. Denny Avatar

    Love your site. Thankyou!

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