Dalmatian

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Breed Group: Non-Sporting
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Overview
An ancient breed, it is believed the Dalmatian originated in a section of Yugoslavia called Dalmatia. Their stamina, size, and guard dog capabilities made them a favored breed by English aristocracy. During both World Wars, this breed was used to protect the camps of U.S. soldiers. The Dalmatian is most often associated with being a firehouse dog.
Character
Dalmatians are of medium size and are extremely active and energetic. They are bold, unique, and are known as the clowns of the dog world. This is a versatile breed that possesses the ability to work as a vermin hunter, hound, guard dog, and circus performer as well as being a loyal companion.
Temperament
The Dalmatian is exceedingly social and thrives on human companionship and attention. They are extremely sensitive and do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. If they become lonely or bored they will become depressed and destructive. The Dalmatian is not recommended for homes with small children due to their exuberant and rambunctious nature. They will typically get along with household pets they have been raised with, but display aggression to dogs they do not know. This breed is aloof with strangers and makes an excellent watchdog; only barking when absolutely necessary.
Care
The Dalmatian requires frequent brushing with a firm bristle brush to minimize loose hair. Extra attention should be given to the coat during the heavy shedding periods. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary using a mild shampoo to protect the integrity of the coat and skin. This breed does not do well in extreme weather conditions and are prone to fungi from moist grass and soil as well as ticks and fleas. The various health issues that affect this breed include deafness, bladder and kidney stones, skin and food allergies, and hip dysplasia.
Coat
The Dalmatian has a hard, smooth, short and dense coat. The color of the coat is pure white with spots that are either black or liver. Puppies are born completely white and spots develop as they mature. This breed is a constant shedder with profuse shedding twice a year.
Training
This breed requires intensive and extensive early and lifelong socialization as well as basic obedience. Without training, the Dalmatian has a propensity to be timid or high-strung. They do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, consistency, reward, and patience. Dalmatians excel in obedience competition, agility, and fly-ball.
Activity
The Dalmatian must have daily frequent exercise. They enjoy participating in family activities and play sessions. Quality time spent with their family is extremely important to this breed. With their high degree of endurance, the Dalmatian makes an excellent walking, jogging, and hiking companion. This breed does best with a securely fenced yard they can romp and run in. Dalmatians are not recommended for apartment dwelling unless it is possible for them to receive a walk or run several times a day.
Weight
40-60 lbs
Height
19-23 inches
Color(s)
black or liver spots on white background; spots should be round, well defined, and preferably separated. Dalmatians are born white and develop spots
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2017

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How much do Dalmatian puppies cost?

The cost to buy a Dalmatian varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much Dalmatian puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all Dalmatians sold is $872.50. This is the price you can expect to budget for a Dalmatian with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,600 upwards to $5,000 or even more for a Dalmatian with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all Dalmatians sold is $800.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $872.50
Average Price: $800.00
Top Quality: $1,600.00 to $5,000.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 2781 Dalmatian puppies across the United States on NextDayPets.com.

Annual cost of owning a Dalmatian puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a Dalmatians true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

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Most Popular Dalmatian Names for 2017

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 2781 Dalmatian dogs.
  • 1. Freckles
  • 2. Draco
  • 3. Pepper
  • 4. Dallas
  • 5. Patch
  • 6. Archie
  • 7. Prince
  • 8. Wagges
  • 9. Demi
  • 10. Spot
  • 11. Dot
  • 12. Lucky
  • 13. Cody
  • 14. Domino
  • 15. Patches
  • 16. Mako
  • 17. Smokey
  • 18. Girls
  • 19. Miley
  • 20. Penny

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Location: Kansas City, Missouri
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Raising dogs should always be about producing the best possible quality of puppies, at or beyond AKC Standards, we feel if you are purchasing a puppy from a good genetic background, and with appropriate and consistent training, it will make anyone an excellent companion. We breed for DISPOSITIONS, as this is very important when you are adding a puppy into your family. Here at Rose Valley Kennel we strive to achieve health in our dogs. Located in Excelsior Springs, MO we are nestled right in the country, which allows our dogs to grow up with lots of room to run! We love everything about our dogs - from their physical beauty to their loving, gentle, intelligent nature. We breed and raise puppies from championship and field bloodlines, producing outstanding pups with excellent temperament. We do not charge Show Quality pricing, although some of our puppies have been purchased for show prospects, and we have many in agility and obedience classes, some taking first place. We do not guarantee show quality, but we do guarantee SOUND, HEALTHY, HAPPY, and WELL SOCIALIZED puppies. We believe every puppy placed will provide years of loyal companionship to their new families. We are a licensed facility by the state of Missouri and AKC. We are inspected regularly to ensure the health and well-being of our dogs.

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Anonymous asked:
I'm wondering if a Dalmatian (with proper training of course) would make a good service dog for my son?

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Anonymous

A service dog is a huge responsibility and needs to be trained and planned according to the type of service your son needs. The Dalmatian is an intelligent, hard working, never tiring breed that would do well as a service dog for certain jobs, but not for others. What I would suggest is to contact a Service Dog training center in your area and discuss the pros and cons of the Dalmatian breed for the type of service dog your son needs.

Anonymous

I am an experienced dalmatian owner and I believe if you select a reputable breeder and socialize the puppy early that you could have a successful service dog. They are a very intelligent and devoted breed. A word of caution regarding health issues; the breed is prone to urinary and kidney issues as well as congenital deafness. A reputable breeder will screen for deafness prior to placing a puppy. I would also advise researching the Dalmatian Foundation Project which has gone back several generations to reverse the kidney issues. Keep in mind they are very energetic dogs that require lots of exercise and interaction. Be sure you have the time and patience to raise a happy dalmatian!

Anonymous asked:
Are Dalmatians good family pets? Why do I rarely see them?

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Anonymous

The Dalmatian is not a very popular breed. Their popularity exploded after the 101 Dalmatian's Movie, however with a lot of bad breeding to live up to demand; the breed got a reputation of being bad with kids. However, a well bred Dalmatian and well socialized Dalmatian is a great family pet. But they are prone to health issues such as deafness. So getting one from a reputable and responsible breeder is key.

Anonymous

Dalmatians make for a great family pet. Deafness isn't a health issue, It is usually something they are born with. Responsible breeders in the US and abroad, will often either sell them at a discounted rate with a spay/neuter contract, or euthanize them, so they aren't bred to pass the trait on. Although, they do have problems with bladder stones and cancer with bad breeding. It depends where you live, whether or not you see a lot of the Dalmatian breed. In the south, FL, TX, etc...they are more common. There are a lot of backyard breeders and puppymills, that breed them. Rescues are always bailing them out of shelters and pulling them off the streets.

Anonymous

I had my Dalmatian for 15 years. She was bought at a pet store and my grandkids grew up with her. A wonderful dog.

Anonymous asked:
What is their personality like?

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Just like every person, every dog has their own personality. However, the breed standard temperament is that the Dal is "exceedingly social and thrives on human companionship and attention. They are extremely sensitive and do not do well if left alone for extended periods of time. If they become lonely or bored they will become depressed and destructive. The Dalmatian is not recommended for homes with small children due to their exuberant and rambunctious nature. They will typically get along with household pets they have been raised with, but display aggression to dogs they do not know. This breed is aloof with strangers and makes an excellent watchdog; only barking when absolutely necessary."

Anonymous

Dalmatians are a very friendly breed. Just like any other breed of dog, good socialization is extremely important. The more exposure to different situations and environments, will ensure you Dalmatian will have a well rounded life experience and be used to different things. They love children and yes they can be exuberant. Training is crucial. Today. My two Dalmatians, at 7 years old, met their first human baby, he was 8 months. Not once did they knock the baby over or get in his face. They went over sniffed him, gave him a kiss and then went to lay down. The same goes with other dogs and cats. If they are socialized with various dogs and cats, the likelihood of them getting along is better. You can't isolate your dog and them expect them to get along with others. My last tidbit. There ARE some Dalmatians that bark at fleas. Not all Dalmatians only bark when there is danger. I have one that barks when she sees a person she loves (which is a lot of people), and the other one only barks to alert me of someone or something. Dalmatians are a wonderful addition to your family, they can be lazy couch potatoes, quiet, friendly, obsessive (with toys), goofy and best of all...the love of your life. My dogs are my best friends.

Anonymous

Dailies love people, they are so sweet. They are usually either super active or super sleepy. Usually GREAT with other dogs. A great addition to the family.

Anonymous asked:
Is it normal for someone to sell a 7-week old female, no vet visit, no vaccinations, non-registered dalmatian for $350.00. My vet said that it is not legal in Florida to sell a puppy before 8 weeks of age or deaf. I purchased her anyway. I don't plan to breed her, but I was curious as to how I would know what she is if she isn't registered other than her looks.

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Anonymous

Sadly, you most likely dog a 'back yard breeder' dog. Which means that someone's dog got pregnant or they planned on getting the dog pregnant without realizing the amount of time, energy and money it takes to raise a healthy litter of puppies. Due to that fact, she was sold early to make it easier on the people's bottom line. Since she is not registered and you don't know who or what her dam and sire were; you can always do a DNA test on her. You can buy them online or through your vet and they can go back up to 5 generations to tell you if your dog is purebred or not; and if she is not, what other breeds are in her.

Anonymous asked:
What does AKA and ACA mean? Are they not full Dalmatians?

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Anonymous

Unless the AKA is miss-spelled and meant to be AKC for American Kennel Club, then the only other thing it could be would be is the AKA Dog Training course; but that would not make sense depending on where the breeder lives. However, the ACA stands for American Canine Association; which was developed to track and judge the genetic health of different breeds of dogs. Because blindness and deafness is a problem with the Dalmatian breed, the breeder you are looking at is making sure that his/her dogs are genetically sound before breeding, so that is a really good thing. I would contact your breeder and ask what the AKA stands for for them, or if it is a mistake and meant to be AKC.

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Updated: 10/17/2017