Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Training: I haven't learned care / training techniques
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.