The Dalmatian has a long and prestigious history, dating back to Greek tablets showing them working on Chariots in Greece, Rome and Egypt. There is unsurprisingly also records from Dalmatia in Yugoslavia where the breed originated. Dal's are talented working dogs and have previously been used as cart pullers, sheep herders, hunting dogs, circus performers, coaching dogs, dogs of war and even border patrol! Dalmatians and horses have a special history having worked with horses from approximately the middle ages. The Dalmatian became very popular in Britain after it's introduction in the 18th Century, the aristocracy loved them as a part of the pageantry of their ornate carriages and for their ability to get along with horses. You may have seen a Dalmatian sporting a vintage fireman's helmet and in the 1800s this was because they were used to run through the streets of London, clearing the way for the carriages carrying water to put out the flames. Dalmatians maintain their special bond with horses and modern day field trials still test the abilities of the Dal to perform these duties!