Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted October 11, 2014
I used to visit my aunt across the street daily and spent approximately14 hours per week with her dalmation. Every morning we would leash up our dogs and take them on a 5-6 km walk. One of her dogs at the time was Bandit, a purebred dalmatian. Bandit was great with other dogs, and great with my aunt. As she didn't realize that this dog breed had some special training requirements, she trained it like the rest of her dogs, which was very little. This turned out to be a very bad idea.
First off, 5-6 km per day is not enough exercise for a dalmatian. The dog was full of pent up energy. As my aunt treated this animal like a lap dog and didn't make the dog understand that humans were superior it would often do lovely things like eat shoes or chew holes in the couch when my aunt went anywhere without him, jump up on visitors knocking them over, and try to bite small children. At this point, my aunt consulted the vet and began trying to teach the dog some manners. As she was not familiar with dog training practices, it failed. This dog had to be put down after a few years as it was so poorly trained the local shelter would not accept him due to his history with biting. The decision was made to put him down after he bit my uncle's arm for the fourth time when he tried to move the dog off of the bed so he could lie down next to my aunt.
This breed is not for people who are not willing to provide obedience training immediately. This dog needs to be exercised 10km or more per day or it can have behavioral issues. Dalmatians need to be taught that all humans in its pack are superior to him. I would not recommend this dog to anyone inexperienced.