Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Missouri, United States
Posted September 20, 2014
I've owned two dalmatians over the course of 20 years. They were both purebred, one male, one female. Dalmatians are NOT dogs for families with small children, first time pet owners, or people unfamiliar with intelligent dogs who need training to keep them active. They are one of a few breeds that do not have an undercoat, and shed constantly. Their white fur makes this a bit of a problem for people who need to look presentable all the time. Dalmatians are smart...very smart, and as a result they get bored easily. This can result in hyperactive, destructive, and even aggressive behavior. Dalmatians can be good pack animals, if socialized correctly. Both of my Dals were extremely territorial, which makes them good watch and guard dogs, but not very good with strangers. They make great companions for active people, and do very well in agility training. The Dalmatian is also historically a very gifted sniffer. Their sense of smell rivals the Bloodhound, and therefore make good search dogs. For the average pet owner this means trouble when it comes to the garbage, dropped food, and kitty litter. Bottom line, they are not for people who want them because they saw 101 Dalmatians and thought they were cute. Dals are the perfect dogs for people who are willing to give them the time, effort, and attention they deserve.