Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted May 17, 2014
I have had two dalmatians. My male was a velcro dog and very easy to train. He enjoys spending time sitting in the chair with me laying his head on my shoulder. My female was more of a challenge to train. The female is very ball oriented and has a higher prey drive than the male. She chases any cat that gets in our yard.
Both of them were very friendly and great with kids. They are very people oriented. One of my female's pups was sold to a family with two small children and he accompanies the family to the playground and plays on the slides with the kids.
One of the neat things about Dalmatians is that they smile which unfortunately a lot of people think they are snarling at them which is not the case.
A well bred dalmatian is not overly hyper but they do require exercise. My female is a couch potato and would be satisfied just playing ball for exercise. My male enjoys walks and needs more exercise.
If you purchase a dalmatian, please make sure you get one from a reputable breeder, who does BAER hearing tests. Dalmatians rarely get hip dysplasia so not all breeders to ofa certification for their hips.