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Older Children


Ease Of Training

Novice Owners

Breed Popularity

Breed Health




Other Dogs

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 Younger Children


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Apartment Living

Cats Or Small Pets

How many registrations per year that are made for this breed. Generally breeds are popular for a reason and high popularity breeds are often a great place to start your search.

How willing and able this breed is to protect you, your family and your  home , how territorial they are and how dominant they can be. This is not necessarily  a sign of how aggressive the breed is.

Not to be confused with protection/guarding this is how alert , how vocal and how trusting your dog is. Even tiny dogs can make great watchdogs.

Being able to physically manage your dog is a vital consideration, dogs are much stronger than humans pound for pound.

 Breed Stats At A Glance:  1-5 Scale 5 is most or best 1 is least or worst

Nearly all dogs are trainable, some breeds  however are inherently more stubborn, wilful, lazy or less intelligent than others. Stubborn and stupid is a bad combo, Clever and eager is a good combo!

A variable combination of trainability, inherent temperament, dominance or natural aggression make some breeds less suitable for the novice owner  than others.

Older children are much more able to understand how to treat their dog appropriately. Parents must guage the maturity of their own children before choosing a dog.

Very young children are liable to annoy or provoke a dog and can injure smaller ones through rough play. They can themselves be knocked down or accidentally hurt by a larger or over enthusiastic dog.

A combination of how naturally active this breed is and how much daily exercise they will need. Under stimulated dogs can develop unwanted problem behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing and digging.

Some breeds happily live in apartments as long as they get enough daily exercise. Some however need big yards and lots of space. Some breeds bark a lot  so think of your neighbours!

Some breeds love nothing more than snuggling up on the couch with you whilst others are much more aloof.

Playfulness represents how eager, willing and exuberant your furry pal will be when it comes to getting down and joining in the fun.

Representing yearly averages as some breeds only shed seasonally, some shed throughout the year, and some hardly shed or dont shed at all.

How much upkeep you will need to do to keep your dog looking their best and being healthy, grooming, brushing, cleaning and  bathing etc.

All dogs can suffer health problems. Some breeds however, either through over breeding or inbreeding are more prone to serious congenital disorders than others.

How well does this breed naturally get on with other dogs? Proper socialization will mitigate most  intolerance. Intact  males generally are more problematic with other intact  males

Some breeds have naturally higher prey drives than others, however nearly all dogs can live with small animals providing they are introduced young enough and are well socialized.

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Dalmatian Temperament, Personality And Breed Information.


Description This is a large muscular dog with a square physique. They have a head that  is almost pear shaped in appearance with skull and muzzle parallel to each other. Their  flat skull  has a groove running through the centre line which  ends in a broad, black largish nose. They have medium sized eyes either blue, brown or dual colour and are nicely framed by well proportioned  ears that fold forwards.

With a deep compact chest, well arched feet and a long naturally tapering tail raised in an upturned, almost whip like curve, gives the Dalmatian its countenance of an elegantly powerful dog that is capable of great stamina. Their coat of course speaks for itself, short, glossy and close fitting with a white background and spots of black or liver.

 Dalmatian Temperament

The Dalmatian personality is an ever moving bundle of enthusiastic spotty bounciness, being affectionate, playful and loyal. They are incredibly smart dogs, pretty much one of the brightest dogs around and coupled with an independent mindedness or a stubborn streak means they can be wilful,and liable to develop selective hearing if there is something that interests them. Thorough and consistent training from puppy hood is highly recommended

 Sometimes too much popularity can be a bad thing and these guys have had problems associated with over breeding in puppy mills, certain health conditions such as deafness and aggressiveness being particular concerns.

Don't let this put you off however, just make sure you know how to find a reputable breeder over a backyard breeder or puppy mill outfit

Children:  The Dalmatian temperament is affectionate and playful  and they make great playmates especially when raised with children.  There are also other great dog breeds that are good with children

Protection levels: Excellent watchdog,has high guarding instincts reserved towards strangers

Other Animals Can be dog aggressive, has a natural urge to hunt smaller animals. But is companionable and tolerant of most - especially horses

Exercise: High energy high stamina, this is a dog bred to run for miles, makes a  perfect running companion

Grooming: Year round shedding - sticks to everything  regular brushing required.

The Dalmatian is the most distinctly patterned dog of just about any breed derives its name from the Dalmatian region of Croatia in Southern Europe, although the breed probably did not originate there.

The Dalmatian has always been a versatile dog , but found its niche as a carriage dog in Victorian England, serving both an aesthetic and practical role, protecting coach horses from marauding dogs with a touch of style and panache. With the arrival of the motor car the breeds popularity started to decline although it continued as a coach dog for horse drawn fire engines well into the 20th Century , and it is this association that has lead to its adoption as the modern “fire dog”. Why not discover a bit more about this breeds fascinating history here.

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Training: without training the Dalmatian can be obnoxious if their natural exuberance and enthusiasm is allowed to go unfettered.

Health They are susceptible to deafness and also urinary stones make sure your dog is properly certified.Breeders recommend a low protein diet to mitigate high uric acid and bladder stones.

The Ideal Dalmatian Owner Is very active, this dog loves to run and run. Patient able to give this dog the training he will need to curb that wilful streak. Not overly house proud, they shed hair a fair bit and that wagging tail is prone to knocking over the odd Ming vase or two.

Not Reccomended for, stay at home couch dwellers, weak willed owners, overly houseproud or fussy types, allergy sufferers.

As always if you like this breed, please do the research  and ensure that you are choosing the right dog for your own lifestyle. For more information, why not visit this breeds national club

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