Health Issues in Dalmatians
There are certain health problems associated with every breed of dog, purebreed or mixed breed. Those of specific concern to Dalmatians are:
Deafness - The only accurate way to determine a dog's hearing status is through Brainstem Auditory Evoked Response (BAER) Testing. The DCC does not endorse selling or giving away puppies who are deaf in both ears. Reputable breeders will supply you with hearing test results.
Bladder stones - The Dalmatian has a unique problem with processing purine-forming proteins, which may cause the formation of bladder stones. Dalmatians should be fed medium or low protein commercial dog food or a diet that is low in purine forming proteins. Contact the DCC for more information on this.
Other Issues - Regardless of the breed selected, you may wish to discuss general canine health concerns with a veterinarian, including dysplasia, hypothyroidism, seizures, allergies, and eye problems.
Dal Success Tips
1. Do your research. Educate yourself by reading about Dalmatians and talking to Dalmatian breeders and owners.
2. Ask breeders for references and insure you get a written contract, which guarantees the health and temperament of your puppy.
3. Have your puppy checked immediately by a veterinarian to confirm its health.
4. Crate train your puppy. Bored pups can be destructive.
5. Socialize your Dal pup with other puppies, dogs, people and children.
6. Enroll in puppy kindergarten to learn the basics of training. Use consistent, positive and motivational training methods with your Dal.
7. Spay or neuter your Dal to prevent unwanted puppies and protect your pet from disease.
8. Keep your Dal safe in a fenced yard. Teach your Dal to come on command, it may save his or her life one day.
9. Make your Dal a part of your family and life. Try a canine activity with your Dal such as conformation, obedience, agility,flyball, scent hurdling, frisbee, tracking, road trials or pet therapy.
10. Contact your breeder and/or the Dalmatian Club of Canada if you have any questions or concerns about your Dal.
Introduction to Dalmatians
The Dalmatian is a medium sized, smooth coated breed of working and sporting heritage, suitable as a family pet or performance animal. He is an intelligent dog, devoted to his owner(s), moderately territorial though not blatantly aggressive, and pleasant to live with. His most unique feature, his spots, are either black or chocolate brown, which is properly termed ""liver"". He is clean by nature and has little, if any, ""doggy odor"". His short coat does shed almost year around; regular brushing with a currycomb outdoors helps minimize shedding.
Dalmatians are a hardy breed and their day-to-day upkeep does not involve a lot of fussing. They do best in a household situation and indeed will do poorly if left outside on a chain or otherwise ignored. They are a people orientated breed, and they bask in love and attention of their owners. Also, with their short coat, they tend to be sensitive to extreme heat and cold. Common sense should indicate when your Dalmatian has ""had enough"" and should come in.
Dalmatians thrive in almost any type of residence. The Dalmatian''s first concern is that he be with ""his"" people, whether in an apartment, a townhouse, a single family home or a farm, the object being that he have proper exercise and nutrition. Dalmatians are very active dogs, and if left to their own devices, are capable of wandering far from home. The dog should always be under some kind of control, either on a leash or behind a fence.