American Kennel Club
260 Madison Ave.
New York, N.Y. 10016
Aug. 7. 2002
We happen to see your guide to purebred dogs and we are dismayed to see
you listing the Dalmatian's origins as "Yugoslavia".
The Dalmatians have been bred in Dalmatia, which has for centuries been
part of Croatia, indeed the Croatian kingdom was established there in the
seventh century. Even as Croatia was part of Yugoslavia for seventy years
from 1918-1991, Dalmatia was still part of the Republic of Croatia.
We urge you therefore to change this false information with all possible
speed. Dalmatians are Croatia's dogs, and we are proud of them!
Hilda M. Foley
National Federation of Croatian Americans
13272 Orange Knoll
Santa Ana, CA 92705
Your letter to the American Kennel Club must have worked - here is a quote on the Dalmatian Dog from the AKC off their website: "The Dalmatian is believed to have come from Dalmatia, a region of CROATIA [emphasis added] located along the Adriatic Sea." I guess they finally bought a map :-)