Perhaps one of the most recognizable dog breed out there are dalmatians thanks to Disney’s 101 dalmatians. They are adorable in real life just like in the movies.
what do we actually expect when welcoming a dalmatian in our home?
Keep reading to find out, because for today’s posts we’ll talk about 8 Things to know about the Dalmatian Dog breed
Dalmatians are energetic dogs, known for their sporty yet elegant appearance
Today dalmatians are popular companion dogs, however, there are some quirks you need to consider before taking one of these dogs home
If you’re looking to welcome dalmatians in your home make sure to read the whole post because we’ll talk about some of the most important things you need to know about these dogs so without further ado let’s begin
1. Dalmatians are versatile dogs
Dalmatians are considered all-purpose dogs and are used for a variety of purposes, thanks to their speed.
These dogs excel at retrieving games, hunting boars, and trailing hounds.
Dalmatians also make excellent competitors in canine sports with their good memory and interesting coat these dogs also do well as performers on stage.
However, it is undeniable that these dogs are best known as fire dogs. When fire trucks were not in existence and firefighters needed to use horse-drawn carriages to race, Dalmatians would run beside horses to defend horses from stray dogs and other animals that may attack them during the ride.
Moreover, they also keep horses calm and despite horses’ ability to run fast dalmatians could actually keep up with their pace even in long distances.
Although, they aren’t used for the same purpose any more dalmatians, serve as mascots and can be seen riding in modern fire trucks.
2 Dalmatians are vigilant yet fun-loving dogs
Although it is true that every dog’s temperament varies depending on their genes in the environment.
Dalmatians in general, are considered fun-loving dogs who enjoy playing outside.
Although they may seem reserved towards strangers, these dogs will happily welcome people outside their pack so long as their family trusts those people
In addition, dalmatians are also vigilant Daleks, their protective instincts along with their sharp senses made them natural protectors.
At home, these dogs will be more than happy to follow you anywhere in the house, for this reason, dalmatians are best suited in larger families who can keep them company all the time even when their owner is not around. 8 Things to know about the Dalmatian Dog breed
Fortunately, these dogs won’t mind having other pets in the house but because they are big dogs and quite intimidating early socialization and proper introduction is very important so that they’ll know how to interact well with other people and animals.
3. Dalmatians are very active dogs
This breed is not made for couch potatoes instead dalmatians thrive in a family with an active lifestyle, they also need a huge space both indoors and outdoors where they can run around and expel their high levels of energy.
With that said, Dalmatians would not be too happy to live at home with a cramped or very limited space because they are smart and fun-loving dogs.
Dalmatians will happily enjoy engaging in challenging activities including obedience and agility courses
It is also worth noting that dalmatians are prone to hyperactivity which means that they should not be left alone without any activity.
Dalmatians barely bark at strangers, but they may develop destructive activities if they get bored. This includes excessive barking, scratching and chewing furniture, and digging.
4. Dalmatians have two colors
They have one of the most recognizable spotty, shiny coats colors, liver-spotted and black, some have both black and brown spots on their bodies
however the American kennel club AKC does not accept this color, other dalmatians have larger spots on their coats called patches.
These patches commonly appear on their ears and on one of their eyes called monocles, some breeders do not accept patches and monocles although AKC accepts spots on the head, legs, and tail so long as it is less spotted than the body.
Keep in mind that the dalmatian’s color and spots do not reflect its personality but if you’re planning to have a dalmatian as a show dog this information is something you should take note of.
And we’re halfway through this post so far what do you think of dalmatians? let us know in the comment section below. later on, but for now, we’ll continue
Getting to know more about these wonderful dogs, make sure to read this post until the end because the last fact will be very important if you decide to take one of these dogs home, so let’s continue. 8 Things to know about the Dalmatian Dog breed
5. Dalmatians shed year-round
Dalmatians shiny and short-coat sheds year-round these dogs need weekly brushing using a medium soft rubber brush to remove dead hair as well as evenly distribute their natural skin oils three to four times.
Bathing them a year is enough in fact frequent brushing can cause their skin to be dry and flaky, other grooming needs include brushing their teeth as often as you can to prevent bacteria build-up.
As well as bad breath, trimming of their nails once it gets too long, and checking their eyes and ears for redness, irritation, or any signs of infection.
6. Dalmatians are independent dogs
Since dalmatians are intelligent dogs, they tend to be willful and independent as well, therefore training them while they’re still young is essential so that they grow into well-behaved and more obedient dogs
Having an independent dog also means that you need to establish yourself as the leader of the household as soon as you take them home.
7. Dalmatians excel in various sports
As highly energetic dogs, dalmatians do well in various sports. These dogs will need about two hours of physical and mental exercise every day, while dalmatians will be content taking a walk at the park they would be more than happy to join you in hiking.
These dogs are also excellent swimmers, so if you live in a home near a lake, beach, or any water body then it’ll be fun to have them swim and play with the entire family, but before doing any strenuous activities make sure that your dog is prepared for it.
Dalmatians’ joints and bones are not fully developed until they are two years old which means that any highly impactive activities should be avoided until they’re old enough.
8. Dalmatians are predisposed to some health conditions
Unfortunately, around 30 of the Dalmatians population are dead.
There are claims that the genes responsible for Dalmatian spots have caused hearing impairment due to the lack of mature melanocytes, a melanin-producing cell located in the inner ear.
They are also prone to kidney stones and have a hard time processing uric acid,
these kidney stones are usually removed through medications or surgery
That said, it is important to always provide your dalmatian with fresh and clean water
In addition, if they don’t respond when they are called then it might be because they’re having problems with their hearing and you need to have them checked by the veterinarian.
In the end, dalmatians are amazing companion dogs provided that they are given proper care especially when it comes to their health
If you want a dog that is easy to groom you can join dalmatians for a nice exercise outside and would provide you with plenty of love.
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