The Dalmatian is a great company dog but can also be used for a lot thanks to its versatile personality.
A lot of people have a relationship with us, thanks to Disney, who has made a number of films starring Dalmatians.
But how much do you really know about the Dalmatian?
Hopefully, this article will give you a clearer picture of how we really are.
Easy to train, willing to work, and loyal friend
Our qualities vary a lot. Did you know, that we are happy to be working dogs? We learn quickly as long as training takes place on our terms. We may not be the most awarded dog breed in terms of championship medals. But we love to participate.
Otherwise, the Dalmatian is confident, affectionate, loyal, and independent. We are generally not aggressive, nervous, shy, or hesitant.
Most of us love water, and will rarely say no to going for a swim if the chance is there.
The Dalmatian is versatile
Despite our role as companion dogs, we are intelligent and willing to be used for practical reasons too. There are examples of individuals used as avalanche dogs, guide dogs, hunting dogs, and sniffer dogs.
We should be kind to children, but we do not have a perception of how big we really are. So keep an eye out when we play with children as we can get a little too excited sometimes.
Need a lot of activity
We want our owners to be active and able to take us for walks and runs.
A Dalmatian needs a lot of activity to thrive. Without enough activity, we can not relax, and then we can become restless and, frankly, quite tiring to deal with.
Do not underestimate our strength. We are more than happy to say yes to pulling sleds or carrying hooves, for example.
Relationships with other animals
Dalmatians usually get along with other dogs and cats. Early socialization is important because we tend to be a little shy towards strangers. They can also be aggressive towards Dalmatians of the same gender.
Can't stand dog hair around the house?
Then I, unfortunately, have to announce that we don't match. We shed a lot, despite our short-haired coats.
You will quickly notice white hair lying around if you have a Dalmatian in the house. However, you can limit the collection of hair by brushing through the coat regularly.
The Dalmatian is generally a healthy breed
All dogs can be affected by disease and defects, and the Dalmatian is no exception. Nevertheless, we are a relatively healthy breed, without a lot of known diseases.
Hip dysplasia can occur, but it is rare. Genetical deafness has been a challenge for our breed. In some parts of the world, 8 percent of Dalmatians are born deaf. A higher percentage is born with deafness in one ear.
In addition, it must be mentioned that all Dalmatians have a genetic defect that leads to too high a level of uric acid. This can lead to urinary stones, which can cause problems for us.
According to the Norwegian Dalmatian Club, it is assumed that less than five percent are affected by this, and male dogs are affected more often compared to bitches.