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Old 05-20-2013, 09:12 PM
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So Katie is obsessed with them. She has been for months and wants one. Now IF (big if in capital letters) she got one it wouldn't be for at LEAST a year. They seem like something I could live with. Katie (who would be 5 at the youngest) would be in charge of feeding and grooming the dog. She would do Jr handling with the dog. Possibly agility or something else she wanted to do. If not it would just be a good family pet. I like the coat, and the fact that they don't seem to be overly in your face friendly to strangers. I love the reserved Doberman temperament and I do not like the Lab temperament. Nothing against them just not me. I do want something safe in public and good with kids when raised with them and treated properly.

Just looking for peoples general experience with them and how they are with kids and other animals (not small like a ferret)

There is a breeder about a hour from me. Once I've done more research I will contact her to see if we can spend some time with the breed to really be sure.

When I say Katie will be responsible for the dog I mean it. Yes I am fully willing and capable to help or take over things she cant do, but she loves caring for animals and when I house sit she is always the one who does the feeding.
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The few I've known have been rescues ..one is great with people but the other 3 were really sour& not something I'd trust around kids. My guess is that is more likely due to their background than anything and they were vicious but definitely willing to give a nip to get their point across!
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:45 PM
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Dalmatians can be great with kids. I would say a good dal temperament is somewhere in the middle between a lab and a dobe. They are super easy to care for as far as grooming. BUT I do have to warn you those white hairs are.like.NO.other hairs out there.
If you are thinking of getting her a dal, I would defiantly go through a breeder and tell the breeder what your plans are and they should (if they are any good) match up a pup that is perfect for your little girl.
My Katie was 4-5 when I brought Chloe home. And that dog was hers, where as Ivan is mine. The dal we had growing up was my dads primarily, but she was never far away from us kids when we where outside.
They can be people selective, meaning they will pick a favorite and thats it. They also tend to hold grudges on strangers or causal acquaintances. Atleast the 3 I've had did.
Jen you can ask away on them all you want.
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I had one as a kid. They can be a health nightmare and yes... that fur is something else.
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I know we spoke in chat, but I just wanted to kind of reiterate (especially where kids are involved). I don't like generalizing a breed at all, but this is one you really really want to research and meet the parents and any relatives you can. They can be resource guardy, a bit territorial, and I've met a handful with human/fear type fear aggression. More likely to be 'stranger danger' than to be aggressive towards someone in the home though. They have good qualities for sure though! They love their people and do well in obedience and showing and stuff.

Prone to deafness (you want BAER tested puppies!), urinary issues, epilepsy, etc.
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Thanks so far. Gypsy I was hoping you would pop in. I will pick your brain if/when it comes to breeders.

Health issues don't scare me. They aren't any worse than the dobermans. As for hair, well I am still trying to get a few of Emma's hair out of the fabric of my car in a few places.

CrazzedACD thanks for the warning it's something I will keep in mind.

I don't mind half way between a Lab and a dobe, I just need something sharper than I lab.

We will see what happens though
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Thanks so far. Gypsy I was hoping you would pop in. I will pick your brain if/when it comes to breeders.

Health issues don't scare me. They aren't any worse than the dobermans. As for hair, well I am still trying to get a few of Emma's hair out of the fabric of my car in a few places.

CrazzedACD thanks for the warning it's something I will keep in mind.

I don't mind half way between a Lab and a dobe, I just need something sharper than I lab.

We will see what happens though
Its no problem, pick away. I would love to see the next generation with spotty fever. LOL
All 3 that I have, have been that way to varying degrees. Ivan by far is the sharpest or hardest but he also comes from a line of sharper dogs. The two girls where sit back and watch things, then react.
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I only have experience with on Dal and he was awesome! Never really looked much into the breed, so I don't know if Jake was normal or abnormal, but I can tell you a bit about Jake!

Can't remember exactly, but it had to have been around 1999-2000 when I was walking my Dobe Zeus, Amstaff Hooch, and JRT mix Pongo along with several of my neighbors around the block and this Dal and Chow mix pup come out of no where and the Dal attacked my Amstaff. One of my neighbors had a walking stick and she hit him with it. He straightened himself up and fell in line and followed us home.

He had an ID tag and I called the number. They swore up and down they didn't own a dog and yes I dialed the right number after reading it off the tag to them and they had that number for 9 yrs. It was not a local number, about 100 miles a way from me.

So ok, next step- Dal rescues. They were all busting at the seems thanks to 101 Dalmatians. Animal control would euthanize him. He was emaciated, skin sores, broken tail, heartworm positive. He was a bit aggressive with my other dogs, wanted to eat cats, so I had no clue what to do with this spotted devil.

My Great Aunt- never had a dog before, said bring him over and let me have a look at him. She asked to keep him to fatten him up. She fell in love. He ended up having to have his tail docked b/c it wouldn't heal, got neutered, heartworm treatment. Turned out to be one of the prettiest Dals I've ever laid eyes on. This guy was flashy, well built, gorgeous head and by far one of the most intelligent dogs I've ever seen. He was still a PITA, but a lovable one.

My Aunt ended being known all over town as the Dalmatian Lady. Everyone knew Jake. She walked him 6 miles a day and people would stop in their cars to get out and ask to pet him. Kids flocked to him. Every kid in the the neighborhood came to her house to play with Jake.

He loved being the center of attention.

And those hair were monsters! Short, and stuck in everything would pierce your feet if you stepped on them and they were sticking up!

Jake was exuberant, high energy, but had an off switch if properly exercised. He ended up being good with most dogs, but cats were a no no. He loved all people, but was protective. My Aunt was practically deaf and Jake ended up being a hearing dog for her with no training. He alerted her when the phone rang, when someone came to the door, even when there gun shots down the road, he woke her up and pulled her out of bed.

Jake could make his own bed, pick up his toys by name (each one had a name), say his prayers (got up on the couch and put his paws together in the window and bowed his head) he did all kinds of tricks and loved learning.

Only downside I ever saw to Jake was his health. He ended up with stones and after a few years on meds for them he got a complete blockage and was dying. So Jake ended being turned into a Jakette! He lived a few more years that way and his kidneys ended up failing on him. The Vet loved Jake so much that when his time came, she couldn't even put him down and had to call in another vet to do it. She was so upset, she left the building. Jake was a special dog that touched everyone who knew him.
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I haven't had much experience with Dals, but what I have had hasn't been positive. There was one that lived behind a relative's house when I was a young girl, and he was very very aggressive. I'm sure he came from a BYB though.

The other time I was at a show and was walking back quickly to the grooming station from getting my arm band and a Dal jumped and grabbed a hold of my arm. The handler looked as surprised as I did! There was no warning; no growl, no bark- just grabbed me and let go as quickly as it happened.

Really strange.

I know they're a bit hard headed and sharp and need alot of exercise. I think if you show, the spots have to look "hand painted."
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I haven't had much experience with Dals, but what I have had hasn't been positive. There was one that lived behind a relative's house when I was a young girl, and he was very very aggressive. I'm sure he came from a BYB though.

The other time I was at a show and was walking back quickly to the grooming station from getting my arm band and a Dal jumped and grabbed a hold of my arm. The handler looked as surprised as I did! There was no warning; no growl, no bark- just grabbed me and let go as quickly as it happened.

Really strange.

I know they're a bit hard headed and sharp and need alot of exercise. I think if you show, the spots have to look "hand painted."
Those where not good dals. With the combination of not good socialization. They can be a bit hard headed, they defiantly do not do things as a lab would. As far as the spots,the ideal is handpainted but many are not. My boy is far from hand painted. But if shes showing the dog in Jr., its not about how the dog looks but how the jr handler is handling the dog.
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