The Dalmatian Dog Breed
Who Can Resist That Face?
Everyone Loves a Dalmatian
The Dalmatian is easily known by its striking black-spotted pattern design. However, the origin of this interesting color pattern is still unknown. Its name however, stems from Dalmatia, which is a region located in western Croatia. This dog breed was recognized by the AKC back in the year 1888 and has remained popular ever since.
Dalmatians are full of energy and have great enthusiasm for running long distances. Training this animal to behave in the home takes great patience and long obedience training hours in a safe area outside, with plenty of room to run around. The Dalmatian tends to be a little aggressive towards other animals, especially strange canines, but is known to be gentle with other pets, such as cats and even horses.
Although this dog breed makes an excellent house pet, it is a little stubborn when it comes to training. This animal may also be a little too intense and energetic for small children in the house. However, as with any dog breed, with thorough training and adequate exercise, the Dalmatian can make an excellent family companion.
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What My Friends Say about Dalmations
squidoopets - Abbotsford, BC
I used to babysit for a family owned by a very rambunctious Dalmation girl :)
I loved my Dal - he lived to be about 12 yrs old. I still miss him! We currently have two Australian shepherds and a chocolate Lab, but I hope to have another Dal sometime soon.
TonyPayne - Southampton, UK
I love Dalmatians, they are lovely dogs to look at.
Tamara14 - Zagreb, Croatia, Europe
I'm happy to see a page having some roots in Dalmatia. Dalmatia is a coastal region of my home country Croatia.
RaintreeAnnie - UK
Dalmations are so gorgeous! However, I am glad you rightly pointed out the energy/exercise requirements. They really do need lots of exercise and Yes companionship to keep them happy.. A stunning breed.
I had two, now just one, but they are wonderful animals! Zoe is gone now and Leo is 14! A little arthritic, but doing good!
ArtByLinda - Idaho
Love those dal dots! Dalmatians are special to me, we used to have two of them, for 14 years.
Learn All about Dalmatians
The reviewers rave about this book and all that it covers. Essential for a family with a Dalmatian. Published by The Dalmatian Club of America so you know it's the authoritative guide on the breed.
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Additional Tips for Training a Dalmatian
- How to Train your Dalmatian
Do you own a Dalmatian? I do and If you also do, you know that Dalmatians are adorable and sweet but extremely energetic. They need constant exercise, someone to play along with them. They are usually nice to children but if the family does not...
Dalmatians Are Fun Dogs
Dalmatian Puppies and Peanut Butter - FUN!
Life-Sized Plush Dalmatian for the Kids
Look at the size of this huggable dalmatian from Melissa and Doug. I count on them for a quality toy.
Upkeep And Maintenance
of Dalmatian Dogs
Upkeep of this energetic dog breed takes a bit of an active lifestyle on the owner's part. The Dalmatian will not be happy with just a few short walks during the day. He needs to be able to run long distances and roam around outdoors. In fact, Dalmatian's make wonderful jogging partners. Just be sure to keep him in a safe area when off leash.
These dogs need to have the luxury of living indoors but also have the flexibility of being able to run outside when necessary. It does not tolerate hot temperatures very well so if he is kept outside be sure to have plenty of cool shaded areas and soft bedding for him to relax in when necessary. Companionship should be a top priority when owning a Dalmatian, so do not keep him outside longer than necessary without company.
Dalmatian Playing in the Snow
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Dalmatian Health Information
A very common health issue with the Dalmatian his deafness. Minor concerns include hypothyroidism, allergies, iris sphincter dysplasia, and seizures. There are occasional cases of CHD, but it is extremely rare.
Dalmatians tend to have long life spans, ranging between 12 and 15 years, and sometimes longer. Veterinarians recommend that you have this dog breed specifically tested for eye problems, hip dysplasia, thyroid, and potential hearing loss issues.
Vitamins for Your Dalmatian - Available from Amazon
Make sure your dog has the right nutrients with these soft chew multi-vitamins.
Coping with Dalmatian Urinary Problems
- Understanding Dalmatian Urinary Problems
If you own a Dalmatian or you are planning to adopt one, it's good to learn more about their unique biochemistry. Learn why this breed is prone to urinary problems.
© 2009 Virginia Allain