Dalmatian puppies are born with white coats. They only get the spots later. Dalmatians come from Croatia and are large, slender, elegant dogs. Their incredible spots are as unique as human fingerprints. Dalmatians are primarily cuddly family dogs, but they can also be attentive guard dogs or tireless rescue dogs. They get on very well with other animals, especially horses. That’s why they used to accompany fire engines in England and are still the mascots of the New York Fire Department. For this reason, they are often referred to as “firehouse dogs”.