Species group: Non-Sporting Group dogs
Other name(s): Dal; Dally; Firehouse Dog; Carriage Dog
The Dalmatian is a large, striking dog that has undergone a few booms and busts in popularity over the years. The 1961 Disney film 101 Dalmatians and its 1996 remake, as well as the 2000 sequel 102 Dalmatians, sparked a boom in breeding these dogs for quick profit, often from lines with known health or temperament problems. The result was a meteoric rise in the numbers of abandoned Dalmatians. The breed then tanked in popularity, falling to the 64th most popular breed registered by the AKC in 2015.
A healthy, well-bred Dalmatian can be a joy in the hands of competent owners who enjoy working and playing with a large, energetic dog. They're not afraid to work. In the Middle Ages, Dalmatians were probably hunting hounds. By the eighteenth century, they were pulling carriages. Eventually, they became famous as firehouse dogs that escorted the horses pulling fireman's carts, and even today they seem to get along well with horses, as well as other family pets.
However, they are not for everybody. The younger dogs must be trained not to jump up, and they could intimidate a fragile or unconfident owner. In addition, many dogs are deaf or hearing-impaired and may represent a challenge to the average owner.
Appearance / health:
The Dalmatian is a heavily spotted, white, medium-sized, well-proportioned, muscular, and elegant dog. Its body boasts a symmetrical outline with a proportionate head and moderately long and pointed muzzle. The eyes are medium-sized and slightly round bearing an intelligent expression.
The ears are triangular, set high and bend down from its base. The neck is quite long and gracefully arched. The legs are straight, sturdy and muscular. The tail of the breed is moderately long and uniformly thick; carried in a slight upward curve but never completely over the back.
The Dalmatian sheds heavily twice a year. The breed requires regular brushing to keep the coat clean and healthy. Bathing is usually done only when required.
Dalmatians require moderate amounts of exercise every day. A fenced yard provides an opportunity to run freely. Play sessions with the owner and daily walks provide the necessary exercise to keep a Dalmatian active.
The Dalmatian is often prone to problems of urinary stones, and skin allergies. The breed may also suffer from urinary tract problems occasionally. Around 10-12% of the breed is believed to suffer from deafness. The Brain Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) test conducted on young pups is a good way to determine whether the pup is deaf or not.
Behavior / temperament:
The Dalmatian tends to get bored quickly and likes to keep itself busy in some activity or the other. Digging and barking is seen in bored dogs. It has a very sharp memory. The breed constantly craves for human companionship, without which it may become depressed or destructive. Some Dalmatians display a behavior that is termed by some as "smiling" in which, it draws back its lips in a snarl, without growling, to indicate submission. This is particularly unique to the breed. Dalmatians should not be left off leash in a public area, as they tend to wander.
The Dalmatian responds well to positive reinforcement training (rewarding the dog for things done right and ignoring things not done right). Firm and consistent training goes well with the breed.
Normally, the Dalmatian is not very noisy. However, if it does not get enough exercise, or is left idle for too long, it could indulge in problem barking and destructive activities like chewing.
trusting dog, best dog, wonderful companions, loyal companions, sweet dalmations, big smiler
urinary issues, heavy shedders, high strung, deafness, anxiety problems, insatiable energy
obedience training classes, Google NUA Dalmatians, low purine diet, widespread inbreeding, huge appetites
We got Pongo when I was just 4 years old, right when we moved to Texas, my brother & sister were just babies. He was great to grow up with, and great with our little friends who would come over. When we first got him, we were living in town. Later, when we moved to the country on some acreage, he was a great guard/watch dog. Anytime there were snakes or anything out of the ordinary, he would bark & bark & bark wherever the 'predator' was. My dad really appreciated the help, haha! He was very playful, and always a great companion. He rarely ran off when we moved to the country, if he did, it was no more than a couple hundred feet from the house, watching the cows, etc.
He was always 'smiling', if you've ever owned/been around a Dalmatian, you know what I'm referring to. He was a great buddy for my dad, and a great 'sibling' to myself, and my brother & sister.
I would recommend a dalmatian to really anyone, they're great companions..
From lemccurr Oct 4 2015 10:33AM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
From Megan S 58 days ago
Choke collars are not the best tools to use for dogs who pull. How many times have you seen people walking their dogs on a choke collar and the dog pulling?! This is because to properly use a punishment device, which is what a choke collar is, you should only have to give 3 or 4 firm, appropriate corrections and then your dog should never repeat the behavior again. People do not have the stomach to give their dogs a stiff enough correction to work in 3 or 4 trials. Further, weaker handlers do not have the strength to give their (large) dogs a strong enough correction for them to understand. Hence, while the correction will work in the short term, all too soon, the dog is back to pulling again and that level of correction has become simply a nag. Then the correction will need to be stronger to get them to attend to it.
For a dog who outweighs or out-muscles its handler, the use of a head halter is a better choice, as it gives one greater control of the weakest part of the dog's body, their head. Just as we can use a halter to guide a horse, so can we use the same technique to guide a dog.
Laura Garber, CPDT-KA, CC, FFCP
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