All kinds of allergies are on the rise worldwide, so the demand for a companion that doesn’t add to those concerns is high.
The Dalmadoodle is just one answer to the cries for a hypoallergenic dog. The mix between Dalmatian and Poodle makes for an attractive dog, typically with the markings of a Dalmatian spread over the fluffy coat of the Poodle.
Sound interesting? Keep reading to learn more about the characteristics of the Dalmadoodle so you can make an informed decision on if it is the right dog for you!
Dalmatian, Dalmadoodle, and Poodle Comparison Table
|Height||19-24 inches||15-23 inches||Over 15 inches|
|Weight||45-70 pounds||40-70 pounds||40-70 pounds|
|Life Expectancy||11-13 years||11-14 years||10-18 years|
|Colors||Black and white|
Lemon and white
Orange and white
Brown, liver, and white
|Black and white|
Brown and white
Gray and white
|Coat Type||Smooth with short length||Wavy or curly with medium-long length||Curly with long length|
|Affection Levels||Very loving||Very loving||Very loving|
|Shedding Level||High shedding||No to high shedding||No shedding|
|Trainability||Pretty easy to train||Pretty easy to train||Very easy to train|
|Exercise||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs||Pretty high exercise needs|
|Friendliness to People||Pretty open to strangers||Pretty open to strangers||Very open to strangers|
|Friendliness to Dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs||Alright with other dogs|
|Drooling Levels||Some drooling||Little to no drooling||Little to no drooling|
|Mental Stimulation||High mental stimulation required||High mental stimulation required||Very high mental stimulation required|
|Barking Level||Average barking||Average barking||More barking|
Known as the quintessential firefighting dog these days, Dalmatians (lovingly referred to as Dals) have been around and working as early as the 1800s.
That being said, the top historians and researchers in the field have yet to pinpoint the breed’s exact origin because of its close association with the nomadic Romani people.
Several theories suggest the United Kingdom, mainland Europe, North Africa, or parts of Asia as the origin of the Dalmatian, but definitive proof has yet to be found.
Even among the working class breeds defined by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the Dalmatian has a unique designation as a coach dog.
Back in the days of horse and carriage, Dalmatians would jollily jaunt alongside the transport as a form of protection and warning, especially when the caravan was left unattended.
Putting aside its work history, this intelligent and athletic breed is most well-known for its unique black and white coloration. Interestingly enough, Dalmatian puppies are actually born without spots, so don’t be concerned if the same thing happens in a Dalmadoodle.
Poodles are often depicted as pampered dogs that constantly live in the lap of luxury where you wouldn’t dream of their fur becoming dirty; however, this is not always the case.
The Standard-sized Poodle is a hunting dog, often accompanying hunters who use rifles and prey upon waterfowl like ducks and mallards. Their thick, curly coat repelled water and the worst of the elements on such excursions while their nose was put to good use finding elusive truffles.
After the Standard Poodle, Miniature versions began winning the hearts of the European upper class (especially in France and the United Kingdom) in the 18th and 19th centuries.
It wasn’t until the 20th century that the Toy Poodle we often see in purses was bred. These compact specimens have an entirely different set of qualities that make them highly adaptable and suitable for life in a densely-populated city.
Sometimes also known as a Dalmapoo, a Dalmadoodle is a handsome result of crossing the impressive Dalmatian and Poodle lineages. The hybrid mix often showcases the best aspects of each parent breed in a single dog, making for an excellent companion with the right livelihood.
Will My Allergies Act Up With A Dalmadoodle?
Although it can be said that the Dalmadoodle is a hypoallergenic breed, the truth is that it comes down to a case-by-case basis and what parent an individual takes after.
Because the designer breed can inherit the hair-like characteristics of its Poodle parent, the hypoallergenic nature can also be passed down to the Dalmadoodle.
However, it is also possible that the Dalmatian coating can be expressed, which would mean a high amount of shedding when no shedding was expected.
Should your Dalmadoodle happen to be a source of allergens, you can mitigate allergic reactions by brushing the dog daily, taking allergy medication, and employing air purifiers.
How Big Will My Dalmadoodle Be When Mature?
This largely depends on what type of Poodle the Dalmatian is bred with. It is possible to breed a Dalmatian with all size classifications of Poodle through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and implanting the embryos into a surrogate that can safely carry the puppies to term.
When looking at a cross between a Standard-sized Poodle and a Dalmatian, you can expect your Dalmadoodle to be between 20-23 inches tall at the shoulder on average. If a Standard Poodle parent stands at just 15 or 16 inches tall, your Dalmadoodle could also be around that height.
What Color Will My Dalmadoodle Be?
Your Dalmadoodle will likely have the iconic black and white markings of a Dalmatian. The spots can be more of a dark gray or closer to a brown color than black, but they should be fairly dark overall. Be patient because the spots don’t usually appear until puppies become a little older.
Keep in mind that it depends greatly on which of the two parents a Dalmadoodle takes after more, but a solid-colored Dalmadoodle (like a full-bred Poodle) appears to be less common than a spotty Dalmadoodle (like a Dalmatian).
Are Dalmadoodles Good Family Dogs?
Each Dalmadoodle is different, and we cannot accurately predict how an individual dog might react because of how new the hybrid is, it is hard to say whether a Dalmadoodle will be a good family dog.
However, because we know how incredibly affectionate and playful the Dalmatian and Poodle are separately, we can say with relative confidence that a Dalmadoodle should be a good pet, even for families with small children.
A Dalmadoodle will love having the exercise when playing with children, and you’re less likely to experience the problems some dog owners have when it comes to kids being bowled over by giant dogs as well as dogs nipping a child’s sensitive skin because of their herding instinct.
Dalmadoodles are a potentially hypoallergenic pet that doesn’t require you to give up on your dreams of cuddling with a fluffy friend on the couch.
They are intelligent and energetic, so you will need to set aside enough time for some training and exercise each day to prevent any behavioral issues from surfacing.
Don’t be concerned, as the recommended daily exercise comes to just 90 minutes which can be easily worked into a routine that works for you.