Welcome to our article on Dalmatian mixes!
The Dalmatian is one of those dog breeds that even people who know nothing about dogs can often call by name.
Thanks to the Disney movie 101 Dalmatians, people all over the world have fallen in love with these wonderful dogs!
In this article we will take a closer look at the most popular hybrid dog breeds that feature the Dalmatian!
The Dalmatian is understandably popular choice in crossbreeding programs today, since its signature coat pattern of black spots on a pure white background is so famous.
Some breeders call the process of crossing another purebred dog breed with the Dalmatian getting “spotified!” Which is adorable, right?
Size, height and weight
The adult Dalmatian is a lean, muscular dog that can stand as high as 24 inches and weigh between 45 and 70 pounds.
Personality and temperament
The Dalmatian was originally bred to be a working canine. He was a “trotting dog,” which means he guarded coaches (including fire trucks) and their horses.
These dogs are natural athletes and enjoy running, romping and playing. They are smart, loyal, loving. Thus, they make excellent guard dogs.
Coat care and shedding
The Dalmatian’s short, smooth coat will shed mildly. Weekly brushing is typically all that is required for coat maintenance.
Health and longevity
Congenital (inherited) deafness is one of the most concerning health issues facing the modern purebred Dalmatian today. The Dalmatian Club of America estimates that as many as 12% of all Dalmatians may be deaf.
The Dalmatian as a breed has a typical life expectancy of 11 to 13 years.
“Hybrid vigor” is the scientific term for crossbreeding to strengthen canine health and promote desirable characteristics.
While there is more research still to do, early evidence suggests hybrid vigor can help strengthen and stabilize dogs plagued by certain known health concerns.
With at least one parent dog that is super popular, some of these mixes are sure to appeal to you — maybe all of them!
Australian Shepherd Dalmatian Mix (Australian Shepmatian)
The Australian Shepmatian has one Australian Shepherd parent dog and one Dalmatian parent dog.
This dog’s weight range is 40 to 70 pounds. The life expectancy is 11 to 15 years.
An Australian Shepmatian will shed year-round and seasonally. This dog will be smart, active, and high energy.
This article has more information about the Shepmatian.
Basset Hound Dalmatian Mix (Bassmatian)
The Bassmatian has one Basset Hound and one Dalmatian parent.
This pup will weigh 40 to 70 pounds, with a lifespan of 11 to 13 years.
A Bassmatian will be a smart, driven, independent dog that will probably have a moderate need for exercise.
You can also expect noticeable shedding year-round.
Border Collie Dalmatian Mix (Bodacian)
The Bodacian is a puppy with one Border Collie and one Dalmatian parent.
This dog’s weight range is 30 to 70 pounds, with a lifespan of 11 to 15 years.
Your Bodacian will be smart, independent, high energy and a definite shedder!
Boxer Dalmatian Mix (Boxmatian)
The Boxmatian is a puppy with one Boxer and one Dalmatian parent.
Your Boxmatian’s weight range in adulthood will be 45 to 80 pounds. A typical life expectancy is 10 to 13 years.
This active, energetic dog will shed, but not overwhelmingly.
Bulldog Dalmatian Mix (Bullmatian)
A Bullmatian is a puppy that has one Bulldog and one Dalmatian parent.
This dog will be strong and stocky, weighing 40 to 70 pounds. The typical lifespan is 8 to 13 years.
Both parent dogs shed year-round. This dog will inherit smarts plus independence and a people-centric personality.
Chinese Shar-Pei Dalmatian Mix (Sharmatian)
A Sharmatian crosses a Chinese Shar-Pei with a Dalmatian.
This pup will weigh 40 to 70 pounds and live 8 to 13 years.
Any shedding you see will probably be minor.
Your Sharmatian will need special cleaning of the deep skin folds characteristic of the Shar-Pei breed.
Chihuahua Dalmatian Mix (Chimatian)
A Chimatian is the nickname given to a puppy with one Chihuahua parent and one Dalmatian parent.
Your Chihuahua’s adult weight range is 6 to 70 pounds, with a life expectancy of 11 to 16 years.
This pup will shed minimally year-round.
Your Chimation may inherit some degree of the brachycephalic (flat-faced) muzzle and be at risk for Chiari-malformation and syringomyelia, both of which can affect Chihuahuas.
Corgi Dalmatian Mix (Dalcorgi)
The Dalcorgi has one Pembroke Welsh Corgi and one Dalmatian parent.
This dog will have an adult weight range of 20 to 70 pounds and a lifespan of 11 to 13 years.
The Dalcorgi will shed moderately year-round and more seasonally. This dog will be smart, active and independent.
Your Dalcorgi may inherit shortened legs from the Pembroke Welsh Corgi dog parent, which is often linked to intervertebral disc disease.
Dachshund Dalmatian Mix (Dalmachshund)
The tongue-twister nickname of Dalmachshund is a puppy with one Dachshund and one Dalmatian parent.
This pup will weigh 10 to 70 pounds, with a life expectancy of 11 to 16 years.
Expect some shedding and regular brushing duties.
The Dalmachshund may inherit some degree of the shortened legs from the Dachshund parent, and be predisposed to intervertebral disc disease.
English Springer Spaniel Dalmatian Mix (Dalmatian Spaniel)
A Dalmatian Spaniel has one English Springer Spaniel and one Dalmatian parent.
This dog will weigh 40 to 70 pounds and live 11 to 14 years.
Your Dalmatian Spaniel will shed year-round and seasonally. Personality-wise, this dog will be smart and sociable.
German Shepherd Dalmatian Mix (German Shepmatian)
The German Shepmatian has one parent that is a German Shepherd and one parent that is a Dalmatian.
The German Shepmatian will be a big dog, weighing 40 to 95+ pounds. The life expectancy ranges from 7 to 13 years.
This dog will have very strong protective and guarding instincts.
Golden Retriever Dalmatian Mix (Goldmatian)
A Goldmatian puppy has one Golden Retriever and one Dalmatian parent.
This dog can weigh 40 to 75 pounds with a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.
Your Goldmatian will likely shed heavily but will make up for it with a winning personality!
Greyhound Dalmatian Mix (Greymatian)
The Greymatian is a pup with a Greyhound and a Dalmatian parent.
Expect an intelligent, swift, loyal pup weighing 40 to 70 pounds with a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.
Labrador Retriever Dalmatian Mix (Dalmador)
The popular Dalmador has one Labrador Retriever and one Dalmatian parent.
This dog will weigh 40 to 80 pounds with a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
Your smart, loving and people-centric Dalmador will shed year-round and seasonally.
This article has more information about the Dalmador.
Mastiff Dalmatian Mix (Dalmastiff)
A Dalmastiff is the name given to a pup with one Mastiff and one Dalmatian parent.
This dog can weigh 40 to 230+ pounds! Lifespan is generally 6 to 13 years.
Pitbull Dalmatian Mix (Pitmatian)
The Pitmatian has an American Pitbull Terrier and a Dalmatian parent.
This pup may weigh 30 to 70 pounds with a life expectancy of 8 to 15 years.
You can expect a smart, loyal dog with strong guarding instincts.
Pointer Dalmatian Mix (Pointmatian)
When you breed a Pointer with a Dalmatian, what you get is called a Pointmatian puppy.
Your Pointmatian’s adult weight can range from 40 to 75 pounds. A typical life span is 11 to 17 years.
This smart dog will shed minimally but will need plenty of exercise.
Poodle Dalmatian Mix (Dalmadoodle)
The popular Dalmadoodle is a cross between a standard Poodle and a Dalmatian.
This dog’s adult weight range will be 40 to 70 pounds with a lifespan of 10 to 18 years.
You won’t have much shedding but will need to commit to lots of brushing.
This article has more information about the Dalmadoodle.
Rottweiler Dalmatian Mix (Rottmatian)
A Rottmatian puppy has one Rottweiler and one Dalmatian parent.
This hybrid can weigh 40 to 135 pounds! The Rottmatian’s life expectancy is 9 to 13 years.
Expect some year-round shedding that increases seasonally with your Rottmatian.
Siberian Husky Dalmatian Mix (Dalusky)
The Dalusky is a cross between a Siberian Husky and a Dalmatian.
This dog will weigh 35 to 70 pounds with a life expectancy of 11 to 14 years.
The bright, independent Dalusky will shed year-round and seasonally.
Is A Dalmatian Mix Right For Me?
We hope you have enjoyed learning about these wonderful Dalmatian mix dogs! Let us know what appeals to you the most!
References and Resources
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