Dalmatians are a dog breed with a truly iconic appearance. Their place in history is very long-standing, as proof of their existence is seen in paintings from the early 17th century!
Over the decades dalmatians have become pop-culture phenomenons (101 Dalmatians, anyone?) and it’s not hard to see why. Their unique appearance and friendly disposition has made them a beloved work dog and family dog!
No two dalmatians are created equal, take Wiley for example! The sweet dalmatian rose to internet fame courtesy of Instagram when the heart-shaped spot on his nose was obviously irresistibly adorable! Today, Wiley the Dalmatian has his own Instagram following over over 122k!! Beloved by his human mom, 26-year old Lexi Smith, Wiley is, “54 pounds of goofy, clumsy, sassy, hungry, cuddly, curious, wild, crazy, silly, happy love.”
In an interview with Bored Panda, Lexi said
No amount of pictures on could ever fully capture all that he is and all that he means to me, he’s my best friend.
Dalmatian litters are usually 6 to 9 pups. Wiley was born in Oklahoma and Lexi, who lives in Colorado crossed paths with the precious pup on Saint Patrick’s Day of 2018. Dalmatian puppies are born all white, by the time they are ready to leave their mama dog they are full of their iconic spots.
The heart-shaped spot on Wiley’s nose definitely stood out, but Lexi says that’s not why she chose him!
He came from a litter of 11, and 8 of them were boys, so I had a tough choice in choosing him. The heart was there, but not fully formed to the point where I believed it would stay since dalmatian spots change so much as they grow. I chose him because the breeder told me that all he did was sleep, snuggle, and eat, so we already had a lot in common.
Snug as a bug in a rug.
Dalmatians are often described as being a very active breed, great for people who love adventure and outdoors. According to Lexi, Wiley is bursting with personality, too!
Wiley has more personality bundled up into his little body than any dog I have ever met.
While Wiley is a snuggle bug for sure, true to his Dalmatian nature he is very active. Thankfully, Lexi says they live in an area where it’s easy to get Wiley out to exert all hat wild energy!