Six Facts About The Dalmation

1. Their Origins Are Mysterious

No one knows exactly where the Dalmatian originated. This may be because Dalmatians have often traveled with Romani people, who are historically nomadic. The breed takes its name from a place called Dalmatia, a province of Austria on the eastern shore of the coast of Venice. We know for sure that the breed had a stronghold there, though we cannot be positive that it was their country of origin.

2. The Breed Is Very Old

Even though we don’t know exactly where they came from, we do know Dalmatians have been around for a long time. Spotted dogs have been found painted on the walls of Egyptian tombs, running alongside chariots.

3. They Have Served Many Different Purposes

In times of war, Dalmatians served as sentinels at the borders of Dalmatia and Croatia. They have also been herding, ratting, and hunting dogs. The Dalmatian is also the only dog breed that was bred for “coaching,” which means running alongside a stagecoach and clearing crowds out of the way so horses could pass through.

4. Fire Departments Used Them as Coach Dogs

Dalmatians are famous for being firehouse dogs. This is because Dalmatians used to serve as coaching dogs for horse-drawn fire coaches. With the invention of fire trucks, the Dalmatians weren’t really needed anymore. But many firehouses still keep Dalmatians as mascots.

5. Dalmatian Puppies Have No Spots at Birth

If you’ve seen the animated film “101 Dalmatians,” you may remember that Pongo and Perdita’s 15 puppies are all white when they’re born. Like real Dalmatians, these fictional puppies only get their spots as they grow older.

6. Their Coats Are One-of-a-Kind

Just like no two people have the same fingerprints, no two Dalmatians have exactly the same pattern of spots. Someone should have told Cruella de Vil that Dalmatians don’t make for good coat material, since every section of the coat would have been different.

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Harry Kane returned to north London with a goal as Arsenal’s Champions League hopes were left hanging in the balance after they fought out a draw with Bayern Munich in the quarter-final first leg at Emirates Stadium. Kane, Tottenham’s record goalscorer, received a predictably hostile reception from Arsenal’s supporters, who saw the Gunners make the perfect start when Bukayo Saka’s low finish put them ahead after only 12 minutes. Bayern belied their poor form in the Bundesliga to turn the game around before the break as former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry swept home the equaliser six minutes later.

Kane’s moment arrived when William Saliba tripped Leroy Sane at the end of a blistering run after 32 minutes. The England captain stepped forward for the resulting penalty and silenced the taunts with his 15th goal in 20 appearances against Arsenal. Mikel Arteta’s side were not at their fluent best but substitute Leandro Trossard was the beneficiary of outstanding work by Gabriel Jesus to equalise. Arsenal felt they should have had a penalty in the final seconds of stoppage time but the referee waved away their appeals when Saka went down as he was challenged by keeper Manuel Neuer.

The Gunners were arguably also fortunate not to concede a penalty themselves earlier in the half, when Gabriel picked the ball up with his hands after the referee had signalled for a goal-kick to be taken. Several Bayern players complained at the time but the referee swiftly waved their appeals away. Arsenal left the pitch amid a mood of disappointment and frustration after a performance that was unusually tentative. The Gunners’ late equaliser from Trossard, who has scored six goals as a substitute this season, sets the second leg up perfectly, although Bayern will feel they are favourites at the Allianz Arena. It rescued a respectable result from a display that lacked Arsenal’s usual fluency and defensive assurance, Gnabry’s equaliser an uncharacteristically sloppy concession starting with a mistake by Gabriel.

At the end, Arsenal were complaining bitterly that referee Glenn Nyberg should have awarded a last-gasp penalty when Saka went down but it looked like the Gunners’ forward initiated the contact with Neuer. Whether it was big-stage nerves or not, Arsenal fell short of the standards that have taken them to the top of the Premier League. This, in itself, will give Arsenal and manager Arteta hope for the second leg because they can perform so much better than they did here.