Dalmations are identifiable by their distinctive black or brown-streaked coat. They were originally used as hunting dogs, and their origins can be traced back to Dalmatia, Croatia. Their lifespan varies between 12 to 14 years. Common characteristics of Dalmations include intelligence, friendliness, and protective behavior. It was clear as to why Cecilia adored the breed as much as she did. Once Miley came into Cecilia’s life, she just reaffirmed her beliefs.