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This is a breed I know more about than many others, having shared my life with one for over 15 years.
She was our beautiful “Principessa” and I still miss her.
The Dalmatian is named after the Adriatic coastal region of Dalmatia, Croatia, its first definite home, since the origins of the breed are unknown. This breed has served as a sentinel, war dog, fire department mascot, hunter, shepherd, and performer. It is best known, however, as a coach or carriage dog, functioning as an escort and guard for horse-drawn vehicles. A sleek, symmetrically built, short-haired dog, the Dalmatian is characterized by its dark-spotted white coat. The pups are born white, and the spots develop a few weeks after birth. The Dalmatian stands 19 to 23 inches (48 to 58 cm) and weighs 50 to 55 pounds (23 to 25 kg). – Encyclopedia Brittanica.
Generally speaking, Dalmatians are hardy but have a genetic predisposition to deafness (approx. 30%) and hyperuricemia, which makes them prone to bladder and kidney stones. The latter can be guarded against with a low protein diet, which we fed to Tasha. She had no issues, nor was she deaf. I used to sing “You Are My Sunshine” to her because she was.
Thanks to Walt’s Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” live action film released in 1996, Dalmatians became the “breed du jour”, which was detrimental to all. Let me explain: These are intelligent, strong-willed dogs who need experienced owners and more exercise than most people can handle. As a result, many of them ended up in shelters. A good case in point would be J.J., a male Dalmatian who was a regular houseguest for a couple of years.
Excerpt from chapter two of my W.I.P., “Adventures in Dog Sitting”:
J.J.’s “Dad”, Bob, was a very busy man, juggling a public relations firm with a young family and a cat. Whatever made him decide to add a Dalmatian into the mix? He obviously had little understanding of the breed and opted to keep J.J. confined to a crate for much of the day, (because he tormented the cat). You just DON’T put a Dalmatian in a cage and expect life to be hunky dory once he’s let loose! No surprise that J.J. would run amok. These are intelligent, high energy dogs who need an outlet. I kept my disapproval to myself and accepted J.J. as a houseguest with much trepidation. Hopefully, my own Dalmatian, Tasha, would keep him in line. Before he arrived, shoes and other “chewables” were hidden or put out of reach, just in case. CONTINUE READING ►
FYI: Dalmatians are prolific shedders, year round.
Daily brushing helps somewhat, but if you have objections to dog hair, this breed is not for you!
Have you had any experiences with Dalmatians? Do you like them?
Looking forward to your comments!