Any dog lover who's ever seen 101 Dalmatians will admit to oohing and aahing over the spotted puppies, but caring for a pooch of this breed requires more than just kisses and cuddles.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club secretary, recommends that anyone considering buying a purebred Dalmatian should think carefully about the breed requirements before welcoming a new puppy into their home.

"The Dalmatian does shed and requires grooming about once a week; it is a relatively large dog and so requires space to live in and a reasonable amount of food," she says.

One of your first considerations with a new dog should be the diet you are planning on feeding your canine companion. Dry dog food is often a good choice for any pooch but an increasing number of dog owners are now turing to the raw dog food diet for a healthy and affordable way to feed their pet.

Whatever diet you choose for your Dalmatian, make sure that it contains all the nutrients needed for this energetic breed and that you can also provide all the other care requirements for your pooch.

Caroline advises: "Any person looking to get a Dalmatian should make sure they can offer the space, exercise, grooming requirements and expense that will come with this large and energetic breed and also look into the results of health tests."

Dalmatians are known to suffer from certain health conditions including hip dysplasia and deafness, so make sure you check for any health issues in your pup's breed line and be prepared to take your pooch to the vet for check-ups if you notice any problems

However, if you have the time, energy and finance to take on one of these pooches, you are likely to be rewarded with a loving and loyal four-legged friend.

"The Dalmatian is known to be a relatively calm dog and can make a wonderful family pet," Caroline adds.

Written by: Hannah