Acquired: Breeder (professional)
Training: Previous owner
Posted December 23, 2014
Sprinkles is the female Dalmatian my family purchased from an Amish breeder in Lancaster, PA when she was a mere eight weeks old back in 1996. Overall, Sprinkles was a terrific pet, and was an excellent addition to our family.
She engaged well with other dogs in our neighborhood, but in 1 on 1 interaction with her four-legged friends, she was always somewhat timid and meek. She wasn’t a coward in her play with other dogs, but she was never the dominant animal in her interactions. Thankfully she was never a big bad bully to her friends that “woof.”
Sprinkles had an amazing temperament 99% of the time. She was friendly, licked us, jumped on us, and she was always happy to shake hands on cue! However, she became VERY aggressive with me during two of our routine walks. She began growling, barking, and acting like she was ready to pounce on me. It was so bad that I had to drop her leash, go home, and gather relatives to assist me with her. Through all of our good times, I’ll never forget these two instances that scared me and ultimately tainted my view of her and other Dalmatians.
A major downside to owning a Dalmatian is that they begin to look extremely dirty extremely quickly because the white area of their coat magnifies any and all dirt. They’re no dirtier than other dogs, but their dirt is extremely pronounced due to their white coat.
In hindsight, we shouldn’t have purchased Sprinkles because we didn’t have enough space in our small home for a midsized dog with extremely high energy. Thankfully we had a large field in our neighborhood where Sprinkles could run and play each day, but if we didn’t have that field we would have been doomed.
We ultimately gave Sprinkles up for adoption because we felt she’d have a much better quality of life living with a family that had more space where she could roam free and exert her energy!