Coach dog, firehouse dog, hunting dog, the Dalmatian has performed many functions through the years with the one constant being his loyalty and devotion to his master. While the exact origin of the Dalmatian is a mystery, the breed’s distinctive spots set them apart from all others. Dalmatians are either black or liver (deep brown) spotted and both colors are equal in the show ring. As a home companion, Dalmatians thrive as part of the family. They are bright dogs who respond well to gentle, positive training.