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Dalmations are a large breed of dog noted for its characteristic coat of white with balck spots. made famous by the film '101 dalmations' they are now often seen as semi-fashion accesories in cities .
This is not good.
Dalmations are strongly built, energetic dogs that require lots and lots of exercise, this does not include being walked on the lead, they are originaly carridge dogs that ran for miles alongside a horse drawn carridge. they need room to run.
i collected my first dalmation on my 7th birthday and he was utterly devoted to me until he died 11 years later. the breed is not famed for its inteligence yet they are bright dogs in general with a well developed naughty streak that most people expect to fade as they leave puppyhood, it does not fade.
i would not recomend a dalmation to people that do not have open space, and i mean a fair bit of it. I live on a farm and my dalmation chased the landrover around all day, any less than a very good run will leave them bouncing off walls (and destroying furniture)
On a more sombre note i am only aware of one flaw with the breed, and that is there propensity to age badly, deafness is more common that not in elder dogs and is geneticaly prone to the breed, while joint pain and skeletal problems are rife in later life. Charlie, my first dalmation had chronic joint pain and was nearly blind when he died at 11 which is a very good age for a dalmation.
unfortunatly pain killers and joint injections are necesary for most dalmations past a certain age.
I would whole heartedly recomend this wonderful, charachteristic and resiliant breed of dog to anyone but i emplore people who live in the city and have jobs not to subject an animal that needs open space, time and lots of exercise to a life of kitchen floors and walk on leads.
Just going to give a quick review here on my dalmatian called Tara.
She is about 6 or so years old now and I thought when she was younger that she was just really playful, bouncy, energetic and always eating everything and tearing things up because it was just a phase she was going through as a puppy. Oh how wrong was i, she still does it now :)
Shes a great dog, so friendly and great round children, i love her greatly but she is hard work, she needs 2 longish walks a day to keep her fit and never tires or stops running! She gets so excited she can't sit still even if i walk into the same room as her she is up jumping on me.
She eats a lot of dried food, a big cup full in the morning and at night and i give her a few treats a day and this seems to be a good balance but can prove expensive.
Another point that is worth making is that she sheds her hair everywhere!!! and its all year round constantly my clothes are covered in her hairs so when i play with her i make sure ive old clothes on!!
If you want a dalmatian, you have to be ready for providing round the clock amusement for them, willing to take them on long walks to give them a lot of exercise, and be able to buy them lots of food, they are so exciting and playful they are hard not to like.
Dalmatians are a fairly popular dog breed made famous by the film (1996) and book (1956) '101 Dalmatians.' They are mid-sized, weighing approximately 20-30kg and are easily recognisable by their black and white spotted coat, truly unique to the Dalmatian breed. Other colours can be found though and these include, blue (bluey-grey), orange (dark yellow), tri-colored, two-toned, mosaic and brindle. Originally, they were coach dogs - meaning they would run in front of coach and horses and protect them from whatever dangers came their way.
So, what are they like as pets?
In general they are very active and therefore need lots of exercise, for this reason they are probably more suited to families as they maybe a bit too much to handle for the older generation. Leading on from this, they make great companions due to their energetic and playful nature and love human attention. In addition to this they are good with children and don't tend to mind if they get pushed and pulled around a bit by them, although if you do have young children it is probably a good idea to introduce them to the dog from an early age so they can build up a good rapport together. Another aspect to take into consideration though is the fact that they get very lonely if they are left alone for long periods of time (similar to many dogs really), for this reason it would be unfair on the dog if you were out at work all day and the dog was at home all alone.
Unfortunately many Dalmatians end up in rescue centres up and down the country for varying reasons, but many of them are deaf and this can be a contributory factor. The deafness is genetic and apparently it is more common for the blue eyed Dalmatians to suffer from deafness than the brown eyed ones.
I've never had a Dalmatian myself, but I do have friends who have owned them in the past and they make excellent pets. They are extremely intelligent and have a real character. I'd definitely recommend them as a breed.
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When I was a kid, my mother bought me these cute bendy plastic dogs: Pongo, Perdita and four of their puppies from the original Disney 101 Dalmatians. My Barbies had a great time with them. Sadly, we weren't allowed a real dog. Living in a small twelfth-floor flat in Hong Kong meant that there just wasn't enough space, so I had to wait impatiently for us to move to a bigger house. Then we got some great news: a friend of my mother's was going on holiday, and they wanted us to look after their dog while she was away. As a canine-crazy kid, I was delighted when my parents said yes. On paper, Joey the Dalmatian sounded great. She was said to be toilet-trained, obedient, quiet and great with children. I couldn't wait for her to arrive. As it turned out, my mother's friend wasn't telling the whole truth. Or, indeed, anything resembling the truth. Well, Joey did her business in the bathroom - as well as the kitchen, the living room, the computer room, the hallway and our bedrooms. Luckily for us, it was quite easy to spot the piles of dog turd on the floor. You see, my mother had a small business making fancy dress costumes. Because of this, she had lots of glitter, sequins and other boxes of sparklies. And Joey developed a taste for the glitter, particularly in the 'emerald' colour. Her turds were a fetching shade of glowing radiation-green. Pretty soon, our flat resembled something from a post-apocalyptic nuclear meltdown movie. Joey was also extremely boisterous and energetic. She needed the kind of space that we just didn't have. We took her for long walks, but if my brother or I took hold of the leash, we'd get dragged off her feet. Dalmatians are big dogs. They're more than a handful. They need firm control and good training, or they end up
becoming four-legged nightmares. Oh, and they eat lots, and do it messily. A common Dalmatian problem is deafness. Joey was partially deaf. I've trained dogs with all their faculties intact, and it's tough. I can't imagine how much time and patience you'd need to train a dog who can't hear. Sadly, Joey wasn't my only bad Dalmatian experience. When I was a little older, visiting friends with a Dalmatian, the spotted menace got a bit too over-excited when greeting me and clipped my forehead with his teeth. This wasn't the first time that he'd done this to someone. Now, energy's all well and good - who wants a dog who's just going to sleep all day? - but too much is Not A Good Thing. Which is why I have to conclude that a Dalmatian is the right dog for you if you have twenty-three hours spare each day to train it, keep it exercised and fed. But not being in that number, I think that I'm going to stick to the plastic ones for a while.
I had a liverwurst dalamation (brown spots instead of black) in New Zealand, and they are lovely, intelligent dogs. My father saved him from drowning, as his eyes were different colours and he had a splotchy nose - not good breeding characteristics. However he was a lovely friendly dog. We named him Byron because it sounded artistocratic. Dalmations do need a lot of room. Byron was lovely and bouncy and got on well with our other dog, Ellie, an Alsatian. We lived on a small farm at the time and he had great fun chasing rabbits (He never caught one - Ellie never bother trying) and barking at our cows. But when we moved to Palmerston North, with a fairly large garden, it wasn't as good. He needed a lot more room that what we could give him. Eventually we gave him to a farm near us, where he lived happily with a couple of nice lady dogs. <g> The moral of the story is that Dalmations are wonderful, but they either need a lot of room or constant walking (at least twice a day). Also they will jump up on their hind legs and steal things off tables and countertops. Or at least ours did. If you want a dalmation, try getting a puppy off a breeder who is substandard, as Byron was - i.e. wrong colouring, too small, etc. You can get a wonderful (pedigree! -I think his family tree was better than mine!) dog whose fault is usually only not fitting the ideal needed for that breed. You might just save a doggy's life!
My Dalmatian is four this August and is still very boisterous, very loving, very playful, and very definitely a thief. Most people I meet think that Dalmatians are cute and cuddly and their children want one after seeing the movie. After 101 Dalmatians came out at the cinema everyone wanted one! So lots of Dalmatians were bred and brought by families with young children. What most of these families did not realise is that Dalmatians are very hard work. Yes they are cute, loving and friendly and mine is my best friend but they are very boisterous and greedy thieves. For example my dog steals every thing, he can open the bread bin and packets of crisps and is so fast you only have to turn your back for a second, he even tries to hide the evidence. They also need a lot of exercise.
Merlin the Dalmatian is the most lovable thief you could possibly imagine. He is totally devoted to my daughter (his owner), to her sister, to me and to his young playmate (my grandson Jake). Dalmatians are extremely boisterous and are renowned thieves. Merlin is extremely intelligent and has been known to steal a loaf of bread and put it through the cat door before asking to be let out when he retrieved his booty and made off with it. He has however not managed to work out why when he has already been fed it is not often possible to persuade the person he knows was out of the house that he is starving. Like most Dals it would be very easy to be fooled and to let him become overweight. If you decide to be owned by a Dal you will need lots of energy and patience and be prepared to constantly reinforce the house rules.
The Dalmatian is a large breed of dog, noted for its unique white coat with either black or liver spots.