The only spotted breed, the Dalmatian is alert and active, possessing great endurance, speed and intelligence. Their working and sporting heritage make them suitable as both a family pet or performance animal, and they are often found in the show, obedience and agility rings, or galloping alongside a horse as a coach dog in "road trials." Their short coat is white with black or liver (brown) spots.
The fun-loving, people-oriented Dalmatian thrives in a family environment. They are a high-energy breed and require daily exercise on leash or within a fenced area. The breed's short coat sheds almost year-round, but regular brushing helps minimize the shedding.
Dalmatian’s do require regular bathing and grooming. This energetic dog can be bathed as frequently as every week up to no more than every six weeks depending on his lifestyle. With this smooth coated breed, regular bathing is essential to maintain healthy skin and coat. Selecting the correct products to match your pet’s skin and coat is essential to achieve optimal results.
Before bathing your Dalmatian, it is recommended to go over the dog’s entire body with a high velocity dryer in order loosen any dirt and dander from the skin and remove any excess loose coat. Lightly card the coat to help accelerate shedding. Once you have selected the best products for your Dalmatian, it is bath time! [Accordion] Finishing the Dog: Tools and Finish Grooming.
This friendly, alert, and spirited dog should be bathed and groomed on a regular basis. In order to keep the short, smooth coat in prime condition, it is always beneficial to use a hydrating spray following the bath and drying process. This allows the skin and coat to lock in moisture in order to maintain perfect hydration. As a finishing touch, before using a hydrating spray, use a grooming mitt and massage in a circular motion to stimulate the release of natural oils in addition to the removal of any excess loose hairs. Then finish with the spray.
General Health Care
Prep work is the foundation of all grooming. Prep work includes ear cleaning, nail trimming, anal glands, and proper dental hygiene. Mastering these skills sets the professional pet stylist apart from the rest. Prep work should be done before every bathing and grooming appointment. All dogs need to have their ears checked and cleaned on a regular basis. Proper nail care is also very important. Long, unsightly nails are uncomfortable for the dog, as well as anyone they might jump on. Long nails also compromise the shape of the foot. Trimming the pads of the foot helps give the dog good traction on different surfaces and can minimize the amount of dirt the dog tracks into the house. It also affords the opportunity to treat and condition the paws from cracks and abrasions. Anal glands should also be checked and expressed if they are full. Some caring pet owners prefer to have the anal glands done by their veterinarian. Good dental hygiene is essential for a healthy pet as well.
In order to maintain healthy skin and coat as well as overall health, it is important to provide good nutrition to your dog through a well-balanced diet, vitamins, and healthy treats.
Do they require a lot of grooming?
If you are not a fan of cutting hair, then you have made the right selection of choosing a Dalmatian. This smooth, short haired bundle of joy requires minimal grooming. However, weekly brushing is recommended in order to minimize shedding.
What is a common problem in Dalmatian’sA well-bred Dalmatian is generally a healthy dog requiring little special care. However, they do have a high level of uric acid in their urine, which can lead to kidney and bladder stone formation. It is recommended to feed a low protein diet and provide plenty of water to help prevent the formation of stones. However, if they do appear, medical treatment is required immediately. In addition to their unique uric acid metabolism, deafness can be another concern. A small percentage of Dalmatian puppies are born deaf in one or both ears.
Do Dalmatian’s shed or cause allergies?
Dalmatian’s do shed year around. Frequent baths and blowouts will help accelerate the shedding process and keep the dander down.
Are Dalmatian’s good with children?
Dalmatians are a wonderful breed for a family with children. They are sturdy enough to tolerate horse play but not so big as to be overpowering. As with any dog, children do need to be educated about proper handling of dogs.
What if I have a show dog?
Whether you have a show dog or a companion quality dog, the same basic care is given regarding nutrition, socialization, and hygiene. The difference is the conditioning of the dog and conformation training. It is always quite helpful if your breeder can help mentor you to lead you in the right direction upon entering the wonderful world of dog shows. A great place to start is with the national breed club like the Dalmatian Club of America, www.thedca.org.