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The Dalmatian is said to have had its origin in Dalmatia on the Adriatic coast. But there seems to be evidence that it originated in India and was transported to Greece by Indian Merchants of Ancient times. It has been used as a pack hunter, a retriever and as a circus performer. Uniquely it has also been used as a carriage dog to walk alongside horse drawn carriages clearing the road in populated areas. In the days before motor-cars, the American Fire Dept used it to control the horses that pulled the fire- appliances. Today is serves as a great companion dog. Having become immensely popular with the movie "101 Dalmatians". It weighs 23-25 kgs and is about 50-61 cms tall. They are white in colour with the characteristic spots being in black or liver.

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