Acquired: Breeder (hobby breeder)
Posted June 12, 2015
From the time I was born to my teenage years, my pet Dalmatian was always there. Her name was Dottie and we grew up together. She was an outside dog (my parents do not like having pets inside the house), so I was always outside to play with her. Our backyard was fenced in, so we would run around the yard without a care in the world. She was extremely good with kids; whether she was with me, my brothers, or other children, she was always playful and kind. She wouldn't harm a fly. She barked quite a bit, but not obnoxiously. She was always healthy and only went to the vet for regular check-ups. However, as she aged, she became more sickly and did not move around as much as she used to. This is expected, but it was sad to see her health decline. Nonetheless, she lived 14 years -- a year greater than the maximum average for her breed. If you want a dog that is great with kids and other pets, a Dalmatian is right for you. However, please make sure it gets enough exercise! Dalmatians need plenty of room to run around, so a fenced-in backyard is great. Also, if you are an avid runner in need of an energetic partner, a Dalmatian is perfect for you! On top of that, be sure to provide them with plenty of mental stimulation and have a take-charge attitude. My particular Dalmatian was always curious and not hard to teach right from wrong, but others of this breed may get bored without enough attention and be very stubborn. Dog training may be necessary, but if you give them enough attention and discipline, you will be good to go!