Eden, Bell Ringer Dalmatians
101 THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOU BUY A DALMATIAN
With the re-release of 101 Dalmatians, a whole new generation will
by the antics of Disney's spotted creations. Pongo, Perdita and
certainly present an appealing image, but parents beware, you may
theater with children begging for a spotted puppy of their own.
Dalmatians have experienced a sharp rise in popularity over the
years. Their bold markings and sleek appearance, combined with
personalities portrayed by their on-screen counterparts, have put
them in the
public's eye in a big way.
often spells disaster for a breed. When a specific
breed of dog becomes fashionable, the number of dogs bred increases
try to capitalize on the new demand. Often commercial breeders -
breed strictly for profit - take advantage of popularity and just
quantity, not quality. Often, no thought is given to the
or temperament of the animals.
Another problem with the rise in popularity of the breed is the
number of uneducated owners. As with any breed, Dalmatians have
personality traits and care requirements. Not the right type of
everyone, following are a few facts you should consider before
Dalmatian into your home:
- Dals are very active dogs that require a great deal of
companionship and room to run in a safely fenced area. Because of
energy level they are often not recommended for apartment dwellers
families with very young children.
- Originally bred as a guard dog, Dalmatians tend to be
they are not raised with a gentle, but firm hand they will run the
- Dalmatians are clowns and can be exasperating - especially in
If you are looking for a quiet, always-obedient canine, you may
not enjoy a
- Dals are "people dogs" and do not enjoy spending long periods of
alone in the yard - especially if they know there are people
much time alone often results in a high-strung, destructive dog.
Dalmatian is an inventive Dalmatian!
- Dalmatians are not outdoor dogs. Their short coats are not
protection in the winter, even in a well-built dog house.
In the right environment Dals are wonderful, intelligent, loyal
that make great family dogs. As with any dog, however, Dals don't
into great companions on their own. It takes time, commitment and
on the part of the owner to raise a dog of any breed properly.
If you are considering purchasing a Dalmatian there are several
steps you can
take to be sure you're getting the right dog from the best possible
Don't make a snap decision and buy the first puppy you see - do
- Go to the library and read as much as you can about the breed.
- Contact your local kennel club or breed club for firsthand
These clubs are also often great sources for names and numbers of
responsible breeders in your area.
- Shop carefully! Talk to several breeders. A truly responsible
will be very knowledgeable about the breed, the pedigrees of
his/her dogs and
the proper care of a litter of puppies.
- Make sure the puppies have had proper care such as shots and
medication if needed. They should also be hearing tested (BAER) as
there is a high
incidence of deafness in the breed.
- Realize that a responsible breeder is concerned about the
prospective homes and will have just as many questions for you as
for him/her. Answer all questions honestly and accurately. If a
tells you a Dalmatian may not be the best breed for your family
listen to the
reasons and consider any and all advice carefully.
- If, after you have done your homework, you have any doubts at
how a Dalmatian might fit your lifestyle, then it is likely not the
you. Appease the kids with a stuffed Pongo or Perdita and
- If you decide a Dalmatian is right for your family, consider
rescued dog. If you purchase a puppy, talk with your veterinarian
benefits of neutering your new pet at an early age. Not only can
control the over-population problem, but you are helping ensure a
healthier life for your dog.
Dalmatian breed rescue groups constantly see the results of
uninformed owners and irresponsible breeders. They have
seen everything from abandoned and abused adult Dals, to unruly six
month old puppies. They've had call after call from owners who
ended up with
more dog than they were ready to handle. So before you buy a Dal, consider if your lifestyle and preferences can provide a compatible home for one.
Created 10/12/95, Updated 1/14/97