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This information is courtesey of The British Dalmatian Club Website. (August 2006)
We hope that you will find this interesting.A link is also available on the links page of this website.
If you need any further information, please do feel free to contact us.

In common with most breeds, the Dalmatian has its own distinctive character and personality and its own particular
requirements from its owners and home if a happy and rewarding partnership is to be achieved. It is, therefore, wise
for the would-be owner to consider carefully before falling for that adorable spotted bundle of charm.

With its clean elegant lines and spectacular spotted coat the Dalmatian makes an instant appeal to many people who
are thinking of buying a dog. Do not overlook the fact that they are a powerful muscular animal, and as they mature the
training needs to be firmer and requires a lot of time and patience as they have a tendency to be strong minded, but love
and bribery work wonders. Their short coat is easy to keep clean but they shed hair continually at a steady rate through-
out the year and more heavily whilst molting. They thrive on human companionship and will return the affection and
friendship you offer them.

If your lifestyle is one which will leave your dog alone for long hours please reconsider having a dog as they should not
be left for longer than 2 - 3 hours.

Points to ponder. Although the Dalmatian puppy grows rapidly from the chubby eight week old to the leggy canine teenager,
full growth may not be complete until twelve to fifteen months, even then there is a lot of "filling out" to be done. During
this period a plentiful diet of good body-building food is essential - this will not be cheap. It is also during this time that
the puppy will be at its most active and full of life and must have scope for plenty of play and free exercise. From the age
of five or six months progressive amounts of regular daily road walking must be given to firm up muscles and feet and to teach
manners in relation to people and other dogs.

Do visit some adult Dalmatian dogs and bitches, this will give you a good idea of their size and strength. A Dog Show is
a good opportunity to see a number of Dalmatians together. It is often possible to visit adult Dalmatians in your own area.
Consult the Club Secretary who will advise you of your District Representative.