Acquired: Worked with pet (didn’t own)
Posted March 23, 2014
Although Dalmatians are loved by many people due to their distinct spotty coat (who doesn't remember Cruella de Vil's love of their coats?), a lot of Dalmatian owners re-home their dogs within the first year.
Dalmatians are intelligent and high energy dogs, needing a lot of exercise and mental stimulation to keep them happy. They need a strong and confident leader who won't put up with their pushes for dominance and will be consistent with what is expected of them. Perfect for an active owner who can commit to treating this dog as a furry child.
Prone to some health conditions, such as deafness, skin allergies and Hyperuricemia. Puppies should be testing for hearing difficulties and not bred it found positive. While having a deaf dog is harder than one that can hear, it is very easy to manage with some basic training and specialty supplies. A vibrating collar can help a lot as well as an "I'm deaf" collar for trips to the dog park.
With a little work, a Dalmatian will be a faithful and loving companion. If you'd love a Dalmatian but aren't up for the 2 year "puppy period", then consider adopting an older Dalmatian. They will still require exercise and mental stimulation, but aren't as likely to drive you mental!