The fun and energetic personality of the Dalmatian makes the breed well suited for dog shows and many owners are anxious to get their pets involved. Unfortunately, not every Dalmatian will have what it takes to make it in the ring. Each breed must adhere to a "breed standard" which is simply the means by which the dogs are judged at show. Before you decide to enter your dog you may want to read up on the specific requirements for Dalmatians. [...]
Choosing a Dalmatian puppy to add to your family can be very difficult. When staring at those adorable spotted faces you may wish that you could take all of them home! Since that's not realistic for most of us there are some things that you should be aware of when adopting your new puppy.
Where to Adopt
Some people know for certain that they want to buy from a respected breeder while others may consider rescuing a shelter dog. Almost all breeds have rescue organizations devoted specifically to them and it usually costs less to purchase this way. [...]
One of the most fascinating things about Dalmatians is their history serving alongside firefighters. This breed is believed to have been first recorded about 600 years ago. They have served many purposes through the years including chasing rodents and shepherding livestock, but it is their association with firefighting that has left the most lasting impression. [...]
Dalmatians are not nearly as high maintenance as some other breeds but there are some things that owners must be aware of when they adopt one of these adorable dogs. Special concerns about diet and common health problems make it important that you be armed with information about the best ways to care for your pet.
The food you choose to offer your Dalmatian is probably the single most important aspect of his care. The urinary tracts of these dogs are much like those of a human in that they have difficulty processing certain types of protein. [...]
If you are considering adopting a Dalmatian there are some health issues that you should know about before you make your decision. Overall the Dalmatian is a healthy and hardy dog, but irresponsible breeding practices as well as natural genetic tendencies have resulted in some conditions that must be considered.
It has been estimated that about 8% of Dalmatians are born deaf and about 22% are only able to hear out of one ear. Research has suggested that the deafness is linked to the gene responsible for the Dalmatian's white coat. [...]
Dalmatians are very friendly dogs and they generally get along quite well with other animals. They aren't overly territorial with other pets and are not compelled to chase smaller animals such as cats. If you are considering adding another furry member to your family following a few guidelines should make the process a painless one.
Location is Everything
When your pets meet for the first time choose the location carefully. It is best to pick a place in the house that your Dalmatian doesn't spend a great deal of his time. [...]
If you are the proud new owner of a Dalmatian you are probably wondering just how difficult house training your pet is going to be. Dalmatians are incredibly intelligent dogs but it will take some time and much patience on your part to housebreak your dog. Here are few suggestions to make the process easier.
An accident on the carpet isn't just messy for you to clean up; it can also mean a major setback in training your dog. Dogs can smell things that we can't and will often return to the scene of the crime because they associate it with relieving themselves. [...]
Feeding your Dalmatian is about more than which flavor that your dog prefers. The urinary tract of this breed makes them very susceptible to kidney stones because of their bodies' inability to process the purines which are found in certain types of protein. A diet that would be fine to offer many other dogs could result in a life threatening condition for your Dalmatian so it's not a matter to be taken lightly.
What Not to Do
Your dog would love to share your dinner with you every night of the week, but you can't give in to the temptation. Many of the foods that humans enjoy could wreak havoc with your pet's body. [...]
When you think of a Dalmatian a black and white spotted dog comes to mind, but there are other colors that occur from time to time. While black or liver spotted coats are the breed standard, the other shades and variations can be just as beautiful.
Black or Liver
Black and liver spotted dogs are the colors that we are all accustomed to. Black spotted dogs are, obviously, covered in black spots while the spots of liver Dalmatians are brown in color. These are the only colors that are permitted to compete in dog shows. [...]
Dalmatians are not only adorable and friendly, but very interesting as well. Here are some fun facts about Dalmatians that you may not have heard before.
Dalmatians are often good swimmers and they love to play in water.
This breed gets its name from the Croatian province of Dalmatia where many believe the Dalmatian got its start, although there has been no concrete evidence that this is true.
Most Dalmatian puppies are born with all white coats which do not begin to show spots until they pups are about two weeks old. [...]