A good Dalmatian is a dependable, dignified gentleman, yet high-spirited and playful. A good Dalmatian.
However, there are lot of poorly-bred Dalmatians around, and these dogs can have serious temperament flaws. In addition, even a good Dalmatian needs plenty of exercise and companionship. Too much confinement (especially without the companionship of his family) and too little mental stimulation lead to boredom, hyperactivity, and destructive behaviors.
Dalmatians have an unusual urinary system that is genetically prone to forming urinary stones. Stones are especially dangerous in males because a stone can easily "block" a male's narrow urinary tract. This can be life-threatening. Thus, male Dalmatians require lifelong monitoring of their diet and urination habits.
Dalmatians are energetic dogs who need much more exercise than a few walks. They need regular opportunities to run and vent their energy and do interesting things. Otherwise they will become rambunctious and bored, which they usually express by barking and destructive chewing. Bored Dalmatians can make a shambles of your house and yard.
Dalmatians have plenty of energy and love to play. Their breeding means they can run for miles, so need regular and extensive exercise to prevent behavioural problems from developing.
Like most active dogs, they do not enjoy spending long periods of time alone.
Their coats shed all year round, so regular grooming (and vacuuming!) will be needed.
Dalmatians have a few special dietary requirements because of their unusual urinary system. They need plenty of water, high-protein food and will regularly need to urinate.
Dalmatians are rowdy by nature and never fully outgrow their tendency to jump on people. They need to be exercised often, to keep in-house energy levels from getting out of hand. Not suitable for apartments or a couch-potato lifestyle, Dalmatians like to be outdoors and enjoy going on jogs, running alongside bikes, taking hikes or engaging in agility activities. They love to play with children and can be trusted to endure a bit of rough housing, although toddlers should always be supervised around this rowdy dog. Small children can accidentally get hurt playing with a rowdy Dalmatian.
Dalmatians are highly trainable dogs, and training should always involve positive reinforcement and lots of treats. Harsh treatment will result in fearfulness, as this breed tends to start out on the shy side. Once basic obedience is mastered, Dalmatians should graduate to advanced training, tricks, or agility. They are highly intelligent and thrive on mastering new tasks. Natural show dogs, Dalmatians take well to competition, often excelling in obstacle courses.
The Dal was originally bred to guard horses and coaches, and some of the old protective instinct remains. Reserved and dignified, Dals can be aloof with strangers and are dependable watchdogs. With their preferred humans, Dals are bright, loyal, and loving house dogs. They are strong, active athletes with great stamina—a wonderful partner for runners and hikers.
Although Dalmatians are probably most famous as firehouse mascots, they're good overall canine workers who've assisted man in lots of ways over the centuries. They've been used as hunting dogs, retrievers and guard dogs during wartime. Being able to perform widely different tasks and do them well requires dedication and intelligence. It also takes a willing temperament and an ingrained desire to please.
The Dalmatian was bred to run alongside horses and his desire to run is no less powerful today than it was then. He would make a great choice as a jogging companion or even as a sprinter. If you have a Dalmatian, be prepared to exercise him frequently and every day. He won’t be content to sit in front of a roaring fire and nap (at least not all of the time). The Dalmatian is more interested in putting in a full day of effort just as his forbearers did. He hasn’t forgotten the days of service and could still be used for hunting or guiding if properly trained.
I have owned several dalmatians over the years. One was obsessed with jumping fences and climbing trees. Another was obsessed with chasing her tail and barking nonstop. My last girl, who lasted to the ripe old age of 15 was the most wonderful dog I've ever owned. She was even tempered, intelligent, loving, playful, loyal. I could go on and on.
They are brilliant dog's we had a boy called Pongo who was an absolute pleasure to own how ever we bought him on gumtree thinking he was healthy we asked are vet for a blood test as he kept being sick and turned out he had Kidney Failure in total we had him for 6 months and he died at the grand age of just 2 and a half broke are hearts as he never acted ill and was very energetic he didn't walk he pulled u every were now if thats what 1 thats dieing is like then they are very high energy!! were getting two pups this Tuesday coming Nova and eclipse :) can't wait have never owned or met one with aggression but it's all in how u bring them up p.s they are great with other animals so if u own small fury's or other dogs they will fit in well GOOD LUCK
I own a 3 year old Dalmatian. I've had her ever since she was about 7 weeks old. She's AMAZINGGGG! She love love love loves people and other animals; very friendly and curious, and seldom barks. High energy, great dog to run with, very intelligent. She knows how to sit, stay, lie down, high five, pounce position, play dead. She was fully potty trained within 3 weeks. My only complaints about her is that sometimes she has "selective hearing" and sheds A LOT.
Unfortunately they do have a bad rep for being aggressive and mean :/ Honestly its all on the owner. As with all dogs, they need to be socialized well with both people and other animals. And of course, start training as soon as possible. About the deafness, you should find a reputable breeder and consult with them about getting a hearing test if not already (just to see what you may be up against).
I was also considering a Beagle, LOL I don't like how they have 3 different/distinct "barks". I live in an apartment complex, I'd have some pretty angry neighbors if I ended up adopting one :X Be sure you research the dog you plan on adopting and try to match the dog with Your lifestyle. Watch some Dogs 101 on YouTube or Animal Planet, those are really helpful!!!! :D
Umm... my great aunt had a Dalmatian from when I can remember through about 12-13. From what I remember, the dog was very friendly around people. But I also never saw it outside from family parties.
My family has owned 2 Dalmatians.
Once you've owned one, they always hold a special place in your heart.
I miss my childhood Dalmatian. RIP Thayer.
Dalmatians are my favorite dog breeds.and just to tell you,my mom is a Croatian and was born in Dalmatia.
I miss my dalmatian so much, 7 yrs has gone and I still miss her more then ever 💔 she was my bestfriend. Dalmatians are great family dogs