We all associate Dalmatians with fire trucks. The dogs came first came into use because they were loyal and easy to train. They have shared barns and hunting trails with horses for centuries. So, when fire apparatus was horse-drawn, most firehouses had a Dalmatian. These dogs were companions for the horses, but they also guarded the fire station. More importantly, Dalmatians directed the horses by clearing the path for them while they were on their way to a fire. When fire stations did away with the horse-drawn fire wagons and replaced them with fire trucks, both the horses and the dogs lost their jobs. But, today, some fire stations still keep a Dalmatian as a mascot, guard dog, and as a companion for the firefighters.
If you’re looking into getting a Dalmatian, please consider adopting one before going to a breeder. These dogs have worked hard for many years by helping to rescue human beings. The least you could do for them is save one from euthanization. For more information about these dogs and where you can find a rescue organization near you, please visit 1-800-Save-a-Pet.com.