|Good family dog.
||May be too lively for very young children. Small children should always
have adult supervision when playing with ANY dog.
|Intelligent, willing to please, quick to learn.
||Need gentle, motivational obedience training as early as possible.
Not for people who will not set clear limits. Do not respond well to pain
|People oriented, excellent house dog and indoor-outdoor companion.
||Not a yard/kennel dog - needs to be part of family.
|Natural affinity for horses, likes hiking, jogging, biking and
rollerblading with owner.
|Natural watch dog, polite when introduced properly, loyal to family and
close friends, will protect when appropriate, not a biter unless provoked.
||Puppies require proper socialization with a variety of people. Improperly
socialized puppies may become shy or aggressive.
|Generally good with other dogs, especially if well-socialized. Many
households have multiple Dals (or other breeds).
||May be quarrelsome with strange dogs if not properly socialized.
|Very easy to groom. Clean and little doggy odor.
||Sheds continuously throughout the year - shorthair clings to clothes and
|Generally healthy, easy keepers, little hip dysplasia, very low incidence
of eye problems, hardy but short coat makes them unsuitable for staying
outdoors in very cold weather.
||Deafness affects about 8% of the breed. Buy only a BAER tested puppy.
Requires low purine diet to prevent urate stone forming.
|A Dalmatian from a reputable breeder makes a wonderful, loving,
intelligent, healthy family companion. Adult Dalmatians fromDalmatian Club of America or
Dalsavers affiliated rescue groups are
ideal for those who do not have the time to devote to raising a puppy.
||Popularity has caused irresponsible breeding by greedy commercial breeders
and unknowledgeable backyard breeders. Some well-meaning rescuers will place
any dog. Buy only from a reputable breeders or adopt from a
DCA or Dalsavers affiliated rescue group.