Not to be confused with the Great Dane

A Dalmatian (Japanese: ダルメシアン Dalmatian) is a breed of dog available in Nintendogs and its 3DS sequel. It is the mascot of the special edition Dalmatian & Friends game. 

In Nintendogs

Coat Colors

In Nintendogs + Cats

In Nintendogs + Cats, the only color option is With Spots, in which the Dalmatians will have either black spots, blue (grey) spots or liver spots, and, unlike in the DS version, the spots vary greatly in size and number. If the player chooses "Surprise me!" they may find a Dalmatian that is gray, black with white, one with grey spots or one with no spots. Dalmatians' muzzles and paws are red tinted, suggesting thin fur.

Coat Colors



"A Croatian breed, the Dalmatian has been useful for military, hunting, security and firefighting purposes."

Nintendogs + Cats

NTSC: "This Croatian breed has been used for security, hunting, and firefighting purposes."
PAL: "This Croatian breed was used as a carriage dog, as well as for guarding and hunting."

Unlocking the Breed


Chihuahua & Friends Find the Fireman's Hat on Walks
Labrador & Friends Find the Fireman's Hat on Walks
Dachshund & Friends Find the Fireman's Hat on Walks
Dalmatian & Friends Starter Breed
Best Friends Find the Fireman's Hat on Walks

Nintendogs + Cats

Toy Poodle & New Friends Obtain 7,400 Owner Points
Play for 25 days
Golden Retriever & New Friends Obtain 1,600 Owner Points
Play for 15 days
French Bulldog & New Friends Starter Breed


Two of the neighbors own a Dalmatian. They are:

Nintendogs + Cats

  • Lily/Chipie - owned by Marie (3DS)
  • Dottie/Lola, owned by Raymond/Tim (Competitions Only)

Further Information

Dalmatians (Croatian: Dalmatinac, Dalmatiner) are born white and develop their spots after a few weeks. Their spots may be black or chocolate, and they will even develop spots on the roof of their mouth and sometimes on the pads of their paws.

It is said that the Dalmatian became the mascot for firefighting because it was used as a guard dog for the carriages that firemen rode in. As the horses pulled the carriage to the site of the fire, the Dalmatians would run alongside and protect the horses from anyone who might get in the way or purposely startle or stop the horses. In newer times, the Dalmatian is still a firefighting mascot, even though modern firefighters don't need them to protect the trucks.



  • This is one of the breeds NOT to be featured in the original Japanese versions of the Nintendogs games. The others are the Siberian Husky, Boxer and the Golden Retriever.
  • This breed and the Jack Russell Terrier are the only breeds not to be owned by neighbors in the Nintendogs game.
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