Dalmatian Dogs and Dalmatian Treats
Doggone Delicious Dog Shaped Dog Treats
It was only a matter of time, really. Ever since buying my “Dalmatian” (retriever) shaped cookie cutter, Dalmatian spotted dough has been on my mind. I’ve made chocolate labs with carob dough, golden labs with peanut butter dough (a favourite), speckled dogs with bacon (mmm….bacon…), and more. Time for some Dali dots!
I bought my dog-shaped cookie cutter at a specialty kitchenware shop. I paid way too much, but when I saw it I simply had to buy it. Haha! If you have time and patience, shop around. They come in different shapes for dog breed body types, too. You can check out the dog shaped cookie cutters on Amazon (affiliate link) for product examples and ideas.
Creative Options for Spots and Dots
Dalmatians could be made by grating carob into a dough or marbling treats, but these would be patches more so than dots. I decided to play with black chia seeds on a pale treat dough base as a very simple way to create small Dalmatian dotted treats.
White Dog Treat Dough Options
I made these homemade Dalmatian spotted dog treats using black chia seeds and my simple apple cinnamon dog treat dough. It’s not quite as pale a white as a sour cream, yogurt, or cream cheese dough may be once baked (especially since I also use brown rice flour). But the recipe is easy, smells great, our boys love them, and the treats are pale enough for the black and “white” Dalmatian look when combined with the speckled contract of the black chia seeds.
Aiming for white when baking treats is tricky. Many of our favourite doughs are naturally coloured by their base ingredients. For those that aren’t, very few white (or whitish) binders will stay white when baked. Embrace a little beige! It will make baking options easier and the dogs won’t care.
Chia Seeds for Dogs (and Dots)
Chia seeds can be healthy for dogs (and people) as they are packed with protein, fibre, and beneficial nutrients. Unlike many seeds, there is no strong taste or scent (at least not to our human noses), which makes them a flexible option for recipes, toppers, and supplements, but they are very rich so moderation is essential. Be aware that these little babies are VERY absorbent. Soaking (or using in a rested dough mix) can help make the seeds more digestible, but since I’m using them primarily for looks as spots, they’re going straight onto my rested and ready dough prior to baking.
Making Dalmatian Spotted Dog Treats with Chia Seed "Spots"
To make similar homemade Dalmatian spotted dog treats, you’ll need to use a dog shaped cookie cutter with a Dalmatian-like body type. If you don’t have one, you can still make dotty dough, but you won’t have (of course) the dotted Dalmatian dog-shaped treats.
Making the Treats:
Preparing the Dough:
- Preheat the oven and gather your baking supplies and equipment.
- Mix a pale rolling treat dough according to your chosen recipe. Rest if/as required.
Dotting and Cutting the Treats:
- Roll the prepared dough to almost to desired thickness
- Sprinkled lightly with chia seeds, then roll to set the seeds into place.
- Cut shapes and place on a prepared pan.
The large dog shapes were cut, then the smaller bone shapes for maximise cutting prior to re-rolling. Seeds will be mixed into the dough during any re-rolls, making the subsequent treats (if sprinkled again) spottier, richer, and drier, so sprinkle and cut with that in mind.
Finishing and Baking the Treats:
- Optional: Use a light wash over the top of the cut biscuits to help keep the seeds in place after baking. They do tend to pop out as the treats bake and dry.
- Bake according to recipe.
- Cool before serving and storage.
To keep my dough pale and limited crackling, I baked lightly then dehydrated to further crisp things up. Check out our post on making homemade baked biscuit style dog treats for more tips and tricks.
The taste testers were very excited for an extra special spotted bum sniff when it was finally time to nibble a sample or two! Mixing the seeds into the dough is not nearly as define a spotted look, but sprinkling is far less secure. As noted above, the chia seeds need to be firmly pressed into place. Even then, some may pop out as the treat bakes and dries, but these are just for fun so who cares? Certainly not the drooling duo tasting at our place! The little voids still blend in with the spotty decoration and any loose escapee seeds are easily shaken out of the treat jar/bag, if needed.
Hungry for more tasty treats? There are all sorts of homemade dog treat ideas in our blog archives. You can also use use the category and tag labels above/ below this post to find other recipes that might be of interest or use our internal search tools to find something specific. Remember, treats (bought or homemade) are for spoiling your pup in moderation. We share ideas from treats that we’ve made ourselves for our pets, but different animals have different preferences (likes/dislikes), just like people. Some pets may have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt or have questions about what’s suitable for your pet, have a chat with your trusted vet.