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AUSTRALIAN BREED STANDARD AND EXTENSION

COLOUR

    THE GROUND COLOUR SHOULD BE PURE WHITE. BLACK SPOTTED DOGS HAVE DENSE BLACK SPOTS AND LIVER SPOTTED DOGS LIVER-BROWN SPOTS. THEY SHOULD NOT RUN TOGETHER BUT BE ROUND AND WELL DEFINED, THE SIZE OF A FIVE TO A TWENTY CENT COIN, AS WELL DISTRIBUTED AS POSSIBLE. SPOTS ON THE EXTREMITIES SHOULD BE SMALLER THAN THOSE ON THE BODY.

    In both varieties the colour of the spots should be dense and have a sheen. The black should be a shiny jet black. There is no definite description laid down as far as the liver colour is concerned, but it should be a rich liver brown. The ideal is a colour which cannot be mistaken for black in average light at a reasonable distance (e.g. across a show ring.) Variations of liver colour on the one dog or greyish markings on a black spotted specimen are undesirable. Spots should not run together but be round and well defined. Balance of markings is a feature. Most dogs have groups of spots close together. A few spots that join are acceptable, provided they can be seen to be spots. They should not form a conglomeration of ugly proportions. Clear definition of spots is important. The edges should not blend into the ground colour so as to appear grey or have a dark halo. Spots in size FIVE to a TWENTY cent coin. Spots on the body are larger than those on the head, legs and tail. The ears should be spotted, but this is not essential just as spots on the tail are not essential. For some reason many liver dogs have smaller spots than blacks. Tick marks, or flecks are not spots and are undesirable. Tick marks are smaller than a one cent piece and are rather more like flecks appearing on the coat. Optical illusion can be created by uneven spotting regarding conformation and gaiting. Spotting is the one unique feature of the Dalmatian and is an essential part of the breed type, although confirmation should not be sacrificed to spotting alone. However the significance of good spotting must not be denigrated or this unique and identifying feature of the breed could be lost. Perfect markings have never been achieved and it is safe to say they never will be.