Buy your new puppy
from a reputable, responsible breeder
Reputable breeders are usually active in dog shows, obedience trials, breed rescue, etc.
Reputable breeders will be members of the Dalmatian Club of America, as well as a regional club such as the Western Reserve Dalmatian Club, or a local all-breed or obedience club. They will have demonstrated a long-term commitment to the breed.
Reputable breeders will place pet puppies on AKC Limited Registration and require that they be spayed or neutered.
Reputable breeders will outline all details of the sale in a written contract.
Reputable breeders will supply the buyer with detailed information on caring for their new puppy.
Reputable breeders will have given the puppies all preliminary puppy vaccinations, and will have them checked by a vet.
Reputable breeders will interview the prospective buyer at length, and will be willing to answer questions.
Reputable breeders will require notification if you are not willing to keep the puppy and are always willing to take a puppy back if the owner cannot or will not care for it. This does not imply any money be returned.
Reputable breeders will always be there to help you with a problem.
Facts to Consider
Adding a dog (any breed) to your family is a serious responsibility and a long-term commitment for the life of the dog...
Are you ready for a 15 YEAR COMMITMENT?
General information to consider about Dalmatians:
1. There is no dog more picturesque than the Dalmatian with his slick white coat gaily decorated with clearly defined round spots of jet black, or, in the liver variety, deep brown.
2. Full-grown Dalmatians usually weigh between 40 and 70 pounds.
3. Male Dalmatians are generally bigger than female Dalmatians.
4. The activity level and size of a Dalmatian may not make it an ideal choice as a companion for toddlers.
5. Dalmatians do very well with older, well-behaved children.
6. Dalmatians are "people dogs."
7. Dalmatians like nothing more than spending quality time with their owners.
8. Dalmatians are excellent house dogs.
9. Dalmatians are NOT a yard/kennel dog and need to be a part of the family.
10. Their short coat makes them unsuitable for staying outdoors in very cold weather.
11. Dalmatians need exercise.
12. Dalmatians have a natural affinity for horses and like to go along hiking, jogging, biking and rollerblading with their owners.
13. Dalmatians are generally good with other dogs, when they are well-socialized at an early age.
14. Dalmatians are extremely smart, they can be independent thinkers and even when well-trained may occasionally offer a behavioral challenge. Like some children, they like to see how much they can get away with!
15. Dalmatians require early, motivational, consistent training. Puppy kindergarten and basic obedience are highly recommended.
16. Dalmatians (as with ALL dogs) require early socialization with a wide variety of people and dogs. Homes without children should borrow some for socialization purposes.
17. Genetic deafness does occur. Responsible breeders will hearing test the puppies as well as the parents.
18. A Dalmatian can have unilateral hearing (normal hearing in one ear and deaf in the other). A unilateral Dalmatian is perfectly acceptable as a pet.
19. Dalmatians have a uric acid anomaly that may lead to the formation of urate stones. They do best on a lower protein, non-beef based food.
20. Although Dalmatians have short hair, they shed quite a bit and must be brushed regularly to avoid a "snowstorm" of hair in the house. They are very clean with little doggy odor.
21. Dalmatians can have a tendency toward skin and coat problems. Diet and regular grooming can help to control this.
22. A Dalmatian that spends too much time left to his own devices may become a barker or a digger from boredom.