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When many people think of Dalmatians, the vision of cute Disney-fied puppies from the classic film 101 Dalmatians comes to mind. And while Dalmatians are, actually, adorable dogs as seen in the movie, they’re certainly not for everyone. Those who should consider another breed are: first-time dog parents and those who don’t have time to exercise or train this beautiful animal properly.

50-60 lbs.
Exercise Requirements:
The Dalmatian has heaps of stamina and will benefit from daily walks or runs. They enjoy exercise in any form and should be outside engaging in activity for an hour or two each day. Want to throw a ball around? Great. Want to go to a dog park? Wonderful. The key is to give them attention and opportunities to run around. If they don’t have a chance to burn off their energy they can get into trouble.
Mess Factor:
Dalmatians are known to be heavy shedders, so before you bring one home, be sure to upgrade your vacuum cleaner and get ready to partake in lots of pick up. The good news is that the breed carries little doggy odor.
Barking and Volume:
Dalmatians will bark when trying to get your attention, but are not overly woofy.
Training Requirements:
Dalmatians require lots of training. It is important for parents to establish themselves (gently and patiently, of course). A puppy class is highly recommended and further training may be necessary to control some of the Dalmatian’s more temperamental tendencies (like chewing items when they become bored).
Ongoing Costs:
Health Factors: Dalmatians are prone to deafness (between 10 and 15 per cent of the breed is born that way), which can make them aggressive. Extra training will help dogs in this situation adjust. The breed is also prone to urinary tract infections as well as skin allergies. *A reputable breeder can help minimize the risk of genetic disorders.
Grooming: Home grooming is sufficient.
Training: Extensive training will help this pup adjust to living with a family.
Grooming Requirements:
Dalmatians benefit from daily (or weekly) brushing, mostly to combat shedding hair build-up in their coats and a mess around your place.
Kid Compatibility:
When trained and socialized properly, Dalmatians can have a great relationship with children. If they’re not, they can become high-strung and can be too rambunctious or energetic for small kids. Dalmatians work best in families with teens and older adults.
10-12 years.
Friendliness Towards Animals:
Much like their interaction with children, Dalmatians relate to other pets best when they’ve been raised in a social environment, so it’s a good idea to expose your puppy to other animals when they’re young. Without this interaction, they can become aggressive and may attack strange dogs.
Friendliness Towards People:
When trained properly, Dalmatians love to interact with people, but, if your pup begins going deaf or is prone to anti-social behaviour, they can be aggressive toward strangers.
A sweet, popular and beautiful dog…who is definitely not for everyone.

Links and Resources:
http://www.dalmatianclubofcanada.ca/ (Dalmatian Club of Canada)
http://www.dalrescue.org/ (Dalmatian Adoption and Rescue)

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