Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Training: Attended conferences / shows
Posted December 22, 2013
Over the years, we've had 2 dalmatians. They both share similar qualities, so I'll just talk about our first female we had, Rebel.
Rebel was adopted from a rescue center. She was originally found near an abandoned property. Upon bringing her home, she was dirty, scared and malnourished. We 'nursed' her right back to health and welcomed her into the family!
Dalmatians make a great family pet. They are very outgoing and love running and playing outside. While inside, it was easy to train Rebel. She was never too wild. In fact, she was a very sweet girl. Despite her size, she was also convinced she was a "lap dog."
The only issue I can think of is that she had frequent ear infections. In addition, as she aged, she put on quite a bit of weight. Since her hips had began to hurt her throughout her older age, she had lost interest in going for walks. That being said, it's important to make sure your dalmatian gets a healthy, well-balanced diet.
Rebel was very watchful of strangers. Once she realized they were friendly, she'd open up to them and enjoy being pet. Never did she ever show signs of aggression, not even while eating!
An interesting fact: Dalmatians who have blue eyes also carry a gene for deafness.
I would recommend anyone to have a dalmatian in their home. They make wonderful pets!