Dalmation Breed Profile
The Dalmation is an extremely active breed of dog. They are fast runners, and if given the chance, will take multiple day trips on their own across the countryside and city. Because of this tendency, they need to be contained in a huge fenced in yard. They have a known fondness of humans and horses. They have very sensitive personalities but can respond to assertive leadership by their pack leader. Best to offer companions for this breed of dog to play with, as they are extremely people oriented dogs, they will have a tendency to pine severely if left alone all the time.
Dalmations are very fond of children. Because they are used to horses and carriages, they are somewhat unbreakable and forgiving of rough handling by children. They need to be supervised with small children, because their highly energetic personality can make them accidentally hurt small children when they want to horseplay. Other than that they are good with family and children.
Lifespan and Weight
The lifespan for a Dalmation is around 12 years. However, with the advancement of veterinary medicine, pets have been known to live up to 20 years and even longer. The average weight for this breed of dog is around 45 to 60 lbs.
The most common diseases associated with this breed of dog are deafness, bone spurs, arthritic conditions, and kidney and bladder stones.
Housebreaking and Shedding
Housebreaking is out of the question, as these dogs prefer the outdoors. Shedding is extremely heavy, so be prepared to brush daily.
Best Owner Compatibility
These dogs do best with an owner who has lots of love and attention to give. They also love to have a yard to play in. These dogs are not recommended for the apartment or condo environment. They are heavy shedders, so be aware! Not recommended for the frequent traveler as well, as these are people oriented dogs.
Where to Buy
The best places to buy this breed of dog are from reputable breeders, animal shelters, and rescue organizations.
$500 to $1,000 or more each. Routine veterinary care should be included in your budget.
Not aggressive unless abused or neglected. Loves to horseplay. Also loves to "smile", in which they partially raise their lips at you. They are not raising their hackles at you in aggression.
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