Westbank, British Columbia, Canada
Posted November 21, 2008
The first mistake people make when picking out a dalmation is generally to pick it because of their appearance, or giving in to kids who watched 101 dalmations. Dalmations are loyal companions, but not a smart as other dogs I have had. We got sam at 11 months old. The owner had bought him to show, and he was doing very well in the puppy shows. When 1 testicle did not descend (cryptorchid) he was neutered and sold to us as a pet. He was well trained, but needed reminders on his manners. He loved the kids and living on the farm, but when left alone could be distructive to furniture etc. Dalmations tend to be quite high strung, and are too rambuncious to have running around the house, unless they get a lot of exercise. They are perfect for people who love to run or jog. Although their coat is short, they are heavy shedders. I would choose a dog from a reputable breeder and not someone who breeds on the side. Once they are used to children, they are excellent with them and don't like to leave their side. Sam died of Cancer at the age of 12.