Hi! I have a couple questions about dalmations...I have heard that they are very energetic, and act like little puppies even at older ages, is this true? And I have also heard that dalmatians have several health problems. I am also wondering if this is true, and if so, what kind of health problems. Thanks
You can probably do a search online to find out about the health problems at least to get accurate, unbiased opinions. I know there are a lot of deaf ones out there becuase of inbreeding. Maybe someone here has one that could tell you about the playfulness. Kelly
They are an active breed, they were bred to run.The dog is well built, They do get allergies like other dogs but they are prone to deafness and Bladder Stones, they need to always have access to the out doors to pee.
Hi! I have a Dalmatian called Floyd and he is 16 weeks old. This is my first Dalmatian so I did some research on the internet about them first. They definitely need a lot of exercise. Mine will just run around and around the yard non stop for hours (he can't go for walks yet because he hasn't had all his needles!). They are extremely affectionate....want to be near you all the time. Mine sleeps in our bed and wants snuggles etc. He is very talkative too -- not barking but making little noises when he sees you and when he wants to get between my boyfriend and I for a snooze! Dals are not yard dogs. They shouldn't be left for say 15 hour days in the back yard....apparently it will send them crazy because they crave human contact. They like being in the house when people are home...not necessarily in the house but they love being near their family and anywhere that their family are going. Ours loves the car too. People say they are dumb but they're not. They are stubborn sometimes and not a breed that will do things over and over if it bores them...eg a Labrador will shake your hand 50 times in a row, a Dalmatian will shake it 3 times and say "this is boring, I'm going for a run", if you know what I mean. Very independent. I have taken him to 4 weeks of puppy school and he can now sit, heel, drop and is learning stay and come. I was really paranoid about him being dumb and EVERYONE told us that he will be really hard to train but so far so good. Someone I know has one that she got when he was about 18 months old and if she takes him off his leash for a run, he won't stop and won't listen to her and keep running and running and running. For this reason, I have decided to take him to further obedience just in case he gets to be a handful. So far I am very happy with the breed in general. My first and only dog was a Boxer who recently died at 11 so I was very cautious about getting another breed but I am very glad I got a Dalmatian because he gave us the love and affection we needed after our Boxer's passing. They get urinary tract stones so they can't have a diet high in protein. I am not too sure about what food etc so I am asking my vet this week when he goes and gets his last needle. I suggest looking up as much info on the internet as you can find -- but don't trust everything. I too am still learning. I noticed you spelt Dalmatian wrong in your message. I too did this and found it quite hard to find good info when I was madly researching before we bought him -- until I realised it isn't spelt DalmatiOn, it is spelt DalmatiAn. This might help! Good luck! They are beautiful dogs -- but you must have time for them.
Hey boxerbabe....thanks for pointing out my spelling mistake! can't believe i spelt it wrong! and also thanks for the information. everyone i have talked to has said dalmatians are dumb....im glad to have heard different from someone else, from someone who has one! again, thanks!
Both of what you say are true. You should look it up online to find their health problems. It will always be different for every puppy. If you are planning on buying one you should do a temperamet test on the puppy, and you should meet the parents. ask the breeder on what are the health issues with his litter and type of temperament of the parents.
Not a problem TJ....Glad I could answer a few questions for you. I am going to the vet today to ask about diet etc so I may have more info. If you do get one, maybe we can swap emails and give each other info or just stories. I have only heard of one other person on this site having a Dalmatian....and I don't know anyone who has one either. In fact, I have never actually met a Dal in my life...I mean I have seen them around but not known someone who owns one. That is why I was so worried about getting one and did all that research on the internet. Hope to talk to you soon. Susan
I just rescued a 5 month old dalmatian. We were looking for a boxer or dalmatian because we wanted an active dog who wanted to play with my 4 kids. I talked to my vet before looking for a second dog. Vets know a lot use 'em! LOL
Yes Dalmations are quite energentic. Because they ran alongside carriges in the 1900's. I do not know any of the breeds health problems so for that info i say you should golook on it. Go to the dog menu and click on Dog Breeds, they should be in alphabetical order, then go to "D" and there you should find the Dalmation. click on it. then go to the bottom of the info on the breed and it should list some minor and major health concerns. glad to help you WelshPuppy xxxxxxxxxxxxx