What kind of dog is kipper in 101 dalmatians?

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Kipper the Dog - The title character of the TV show and books.

He is warm-hearted, friendly and curious.

Kipper is not at all selfish, though he is known to be a hoarder.

Kipper is likely portrayed after beagle, beagle mix or Jack Russell terrier breed.


Two hundred thirty Dalmatian puppies and twenty adult Dalmatians were used in the filming of this motion picture.

There were also several other breeds of dogs as well as cows, horses, goats, pigs, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and woodpeckers used in the production.


The Dalmatian is a well-known dog breed, most famous for its white coat spotted with black or brown markings.

Historically used as a carriage dog, this breed is very active and was once even bred to run with horses.

Dalmatians have a strong hunting instinct and are an excellent exterminator of rats and vermin. In sporting, they have been used as bird dogs, trail hounds, retrievers, or in packs for wild boar or stag hunting. Their dramatic markings and intelligence have made them successful circus dogs throughout the years.

Moderate amounts of purine are found in beef, pork, poultry, fish and seafood, peas, lentils, and oatmeal.

So, lots of typical dog food ingredients can contain purines.

If you are feeding a Dalmatian you should take this into consideration.


Common Dalmatian Health Problems

  • How Long Do They Live? The average lifespan of Dalmatians is estimated to be around 10-15 years.
  • Deafness. Hearing problems effect about 30% of Dalmatians.
  • Allergies. Pretty much all dogs are allergic to something and these dogs are no different.
  • Urinary Stones.
  • Hip Dysplasia.
  • Epilepsy/Seizures.
  • Hyperactivity.
  • Obesity.

The Dalmatian Club of America lists the average lifespan of a Dalmatian at between 11 and 13 years, although some can live as long as 15 to 16 years.


Dalmatians make good family dogs in many circumstances, but like all dog breeds, they have strengths and weaknesses.

Dalmatians are intelligent, playful, active, protective, gentle, social and relatively non-aggressive.

They're patient and generally good with children, too.

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