AUSTRALIAN BREED STANDARD
THE DALMATIAN SHOULD HAVE GREAT FREEDOM OF
MOVEMENT. A SMOOTH, POWERFUL RHYTHMIC ACTION WITH A LONG STRIDE. VIEWED FROM BEHIND, THE
LEGS SHOULD MOVE IN PARALLEL, THE HIND LEGS TRACKING THE FORE. A SHORT STRIDE AND PADDLING
ACTION IS INCORRECT.
Movement tells us much about the Dalmatians
structure, which is not always revealed when it is standing still, for it reflects its
physical co-ordination, balance for the body and soundness. The dog seeming to exert a
minimum of effort to cover the ground. When judging the Dalmatian in the ring, the length
of stride should be in proportion to the dog, steady in rhythm of 1,2,3,4. Front legs
should not paddle, nor should there be a straddling appearance. Hind legs should neither
cross nor weave. Judges should be able to see each leg move with no interference from
another leg. Drive and reach are most desirable. When a dog moves away from the judge in a
straight line, the hind legs conceal the fore, the hind foot covering the spot the fore
foot has just left, not overreaching.