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Cocoa

Dalmatian

Overall satisfaction

1.25/5

Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)

Gender: Female

Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques

Quick to learn and train

1/5

Emotionally stable

0/5

Family oriented

1/5

Child safety

0/5

Safe with small pets

0/5

Doesn’t bark a lot

2/5

Health

3/5

Easy to groom

4/5

Great watch dog

5/5

Great guard dog

5/5

Dalmatians are not for everyone

By

United States

Posted May 19, 2014

I hate to say it, but a Dalmatian simply wasn't the right choice for me. It seemed like a good fit at first. Cocoa was always very energetic and wanted to play all the time. She continued to behave normally as a puppy, but became much too wild as she got older. It got so bad that one day she bit my younger sister (who was only a 2 years old at the time) on the face. As a result, we ended up giving her away to a friend who owned a farm. I don't think that Cocoa was really a bad dog, just that she needed more space to spend her energy.
It's been a long time since we had her, but I don't remember her having any health problems or requiring any special grooming. Dalmatians seem to be good dogs to have outside, but probably not the best choice if you have a small yard and don't have plenty of time to pay attention to them. I would only recommend a Dalmatian if you are prepared to keep up with their level of energy.

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