Lesser Known Dog Breeds - The Red-Spotted Dalmatian

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The Dalmatian is one of the most recognizable breeds in the world, with it's distintive black spots. Few people realise, that there is in fact another breed of Dalmatian, with red rather than the traditional black spots.

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The origin of the red-spotted Dalmatian goes back to whey Mrs. Betty Wibble's dog, Henrietta was suddently afflicted with a mysterious outbreak of red spots all over it's body. After many tests, the dog was diagnosed with what was believed to the first, and so far the only, case of canine measles documented. Fortunately Henrietta made a full recovery, however, when she gave birth to a litter of puppies a year later, her offspring came out with red, rather than black spots.

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The peak of the red-spotted Dalmatians popularity was during the swinging sixties, when the breed was in high demand for photo shoots for fashion magazines.

 

 Although no longer near as popular as it was, the red-spotted dalmatian retains a cult-like following among lighthouse keepers.

Although no longer near as popular as it was, the red-spotted dalmatian retains a cult-like following among lighthouse keepers.