Why Are Dalmatians Associated With Firefighters and How Did the Dog Breed Become a Firehouse Mascot?

Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs show Dalmatians running with chariots.

In Britain, they were used to escort carriages over hundreds of miles before standing guard while travelers stopped to eat or rest.

Throughout the centuries the breed developed an affinity with horses, which is why they were a natural for early firefighters.

The Dalmatians ran with the fire wagon and then kept the horses in line while the firefighters fought the blaze.

Dalmatians are from Dalmatia in a region of what is now Croatia.

The breed was spread across Europe by the Roma people.

Endurance, strength, and loyalty are the Dalmatians’ greatest characteristics.

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