I get a lot of messages asking for Charlie’s breeder and information about where to get a Dalmatian which I typically don’t answer. I just want to give everyone some information about this breed for those of you considering adding a dal to your life!
1. Dalmatians require a LOT of exercise. Charlie is very hyper and I spend anywhere from 3-5 hours outside with him either running, hiking, swimming, or at the dog park daily. Dalmatians are not for people who are not active. If dals don’t get enough exercise, they can become destructive. Days that I’ve had to work late, Charlie has done some damage to furniture and other belongings, which has led to me taking him to daycare now.
2. Dals need to be socialized starting young. Dalmatians are very protective and need dog and people socialization early on. Puppy training classes are a great start. If you do not socialize your Dal, they can become aggressive with strangers and other dogs. Charlie has been socialized since the day I brought him home, which is why he is friendly with other dogs and loves people.
3. Dalmatians can have some serious health issues including urinary stones/crystals. These can be life threatening for a Dalmatian and in order to help prevent them, dals need a specific diet. They should not have purines, as they are known to cause stones.
4. Dalmatians have gotten a bad rep for being “bad with kids” and “aggressive and mean” due to overbreeding back when 101 Dalmatians came out. I am constantly asked these questions when I have Charlie out in public. If you get your Dal from a reputable breeder and take the time to socialize your dog, they are the most loving dogs in the world. They are called “Velcro dogs” for a reason.
5. Long coat Dalmatians are rare. The long coat comes from a recessive gene that both parents must carry. There are not many breeders who have long coat puppies and some even think the long coats are unacceptable. *this post is not intended to deter anyone from getting a Dalmatian. I just think everyone should know all that goes into the breed before buying one because they’re cute (which they obviously are) I hate seeing dals in shelters. Any questions, DM me😊