Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted February 21, 2016
My experience with a Dalmatian was when I was about 12 years old. His name was Alex and he was one energetic dog! He was a sweet young pup, but had a tendency to jump on people and be a real klutz when he was excited. He once knocked over an older lady because she was holding a small dog in her arms and he wanted to play. My parents did not invest in any kind of training for Alex. Had they provided him with a chance to learn commands and harness that energy a bit, he probably would have had much better manners. He had a beautifully smooth and low-maintenance coat. He was lean and muscular, making him a fast and elegant runner. Alex was very healthy in the year we had him, but he was also quite young. My parents adopted him out to another family after realizing that we didn’t have the time and space Alex needed. My suggestions for anyone thinking about adopting a Dalmatian: make sure you have a large, fenced yard; provide them with training classes; and allow them to socialize with other dogs of similar energy level and size.