Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted January 8, 2015
A dalmatian was the first dog I had, and we were in total love with each other. While dalmatians generally are too high energy for children, she matched my energy but was extremely gentle and loving. When I was teething, my mom even caught me teething on her tail a few times without her snapping at me. She holds a very special place in my heart as a loving and trusting companion in my childhood! It should be noted, however, that this breed has boundless energy and heavy shedding. She somehow managed to jump over our six feet-tall if we didn't watch closely, despite our active lifestyle with her. We also constantly struggled with dog fur and continued to find her hair around our home for years after she passed. Finally, as mentioned, she passed away rather young. She had mysterious health concerns that weren't able to be explained much to us, leading to her having to be put down. From my family's research, health concerns in dalmatians are not unusual.Overall, I would recommend a dalmatian to someone without young children who is prepared for a high energy companion and doesn't mind the shedding.