Dalmatians?

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I've always liked dalmatians but have never seriously considered owning one because I know they require lots of exercise. But in May I spontaneously decided I needed to get in shape and started walking every day. Right now I do two miles every day, minimum, and sometimes up to six miles a day. I do it at a brisk walk but hope to work my way up to jogging it.

So what I'm wondering is how much exercise DO dalmatians need?
 

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I *think* their is a member or two that has dalmatians hopefully they can be of some help
 

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Dalmations were basically called "The Carriage dog" because of their tireless energy running along side carriages everywhere the carriage went.

They need an imense amount of proper exercise, mentally and physically.

They are a high energy dog up there with a Husky i'd say.
 
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I've heard they can trot around for 25 miles or so, in a day. That puts them up with the Huskys and ACDs of the long distance capable dogs.

Now, I don't think they need those 25 miles, but just walking for 6 would probably be on the shorter end of the scale. Add in some other activities and bouncing off furniture, and it might work... wait for an actual owner of course ;)
 

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One thing I find about having a dog that needs that much exercise is that I keep to my exercise routine much much more...

I was very much in shape before I got Flicka, but I would miss a day of running here and there, or maybe I'd quit before I hit the three mile mark. Now, Flicka won't let me skip a day, or cut it short... :lol-sign: Because if I do, I'm going to have an out of control dog on my hands! :lol-sign:

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My dog has dalmatian in her mix. She is high energy, but I always assumed it was the terrier in her :D

Anyway, she goes out for walks probably 6 to 10 times a day. My wife walks her while I'm at work and then we take a long walk (1 to 2 miles) after supper. She never seems to complain (although on the hot days I make sure I bring a water bottle and her portable bowl with me). I don't know about pure Dalmatians, though but I can sure see those long legs wanting to stretch on a regular basis.

I think she's getting enough exercise. After all, I'm losing weight :lol-sign:
 

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I had a dal, Bally. She was a great dog, I didn't find her high energy..but look at the breed I ultimately chose :D. I found if she got a bit of a run every day, and some mental stimulation, ie training, she was fine.

Dals can be very protective. (they were supposed to trot along, then guard the carriage if needed..its not like you could take the keys and lock the doors) The other thing about Dals, NOTHING and i mean NOTHING sheds like a dalmation. The hairs weave into fabrics and are nearly impossible to get out. They have white hair for your dark fabrics and black hairs for your light fabrics. They shed a fair bit year round and and copiously at times.

Over all they are great dogs and I would have one again...
 

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Way back when when we had our farm we had two working bred Dals. We never had a problem with them because they constantly had jobs to do. If they weren't guarding the farm they were on the trails. And they also were trained to bring in the horses so they had a full work load. I can't give you a good figured amount of how much exercise a Dal would need daily as a pet. I think possibly with the two brisk walks a day and PLENTY of play you could probley live happily with a Dalmatian.
 

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mabe if you can offer the dal a job ontop of a good long walk...either some good traingin sessions, advanced obedience, flyball, frisbee, or agility, anything that will not only give physical excersize but mental also, if you can provide that as well...i think youd be set.

i had a freind with a dal who would walk 4 miles in a morning and do frisbee in the park for an hour every evening except wednesday and sunday. the dal loved it, he was a great dog, not destructive so it seemed ot be a good amount of stimulation for him., other than the shedding he was a great dog...definatly protective though
 

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I grew up with a dalmatian named Lilly. My parents didn't really research the breed, and they didn't give her as much exercise as she needed. My mom probably walked her about 2-3 miles a day... and she had free roam in a large fenced in backyard.

She was full of energy, though... nonstop. As a puppy, she ate the entire bathroom. She chewed up the moldings, the cabinets, the walls, etc.

She was a great dog... but dals are really not for everyone. I would only recommend them if you can give them the proper exercise/mental stimulation requirements they need.
 

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We have a Dal that comes to daycare quite often. The dog, quite frankly, is a jerk, especially on a leash. But he loves to play now that he's not going for a 6 mile walk and then getting tossed into daycare. So if you have that option open to you, I'd look into it.
 
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Yup, I am the Dalmatian owner.

Neither of my two are really high energy. That being said, one of them is epileptic and is on phenobarbital.

My younger girl has never been energetic at all. She likes to go for walks, OF COURSE! But she doesnt eat my house if I dont take her for one.

Dalmatians are stubborn! To be honest, had I done research on the breed (As you are supposed to do) ahead of time, I probably wouldnt have chosen them. The can be difficult and can have a lot of health problems (as is appearent with my BYB Dal). Weston (my eplileptic Dal) and I went through sooo many training classes, did the NILIF and the dog still doesnt listen! It probalby is me but Marley (my deaf dal) "listens" a whole lot better than Weston.

I can put you in touch with some knowlegable Dal people if you would like!

I would say though it depends on the dog's personality.
 
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I also have a Dalmatian. She is my first Dal, but I researched the breed for 5 years before I decided to get one and made sure I was ready, and I am also a member of my areas AKC Dalmatian club. They are not a breed for everyone, look beyond the spots and make sure this breed fits your lifestyle. This breed is one of the many that has gotten a bad reputation because of ignorant owners and breeders. If you have decided this is the breed for you, PLEASE PLEASE buy from only a responsible breeder or rescue. Before you get a Dal, go to a local dog show and speak with some of the Dal owners.

heres some links from a member of the Dal club I am in webpage:
some good and bad points on the breed:
http://pages.prodigy.net/fyrlyte/gdvsbad.htm
what to look for in a responsible breeder:
http://pages.prodigy.net/fyrlyte/breeder.htm
 

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be very selective about the breeder if you do decide to get a dal. they are prone to being deaf, and byb dont screen their dogs for anything.

as far as my experiance with them, well, i would not own one. i worked for a woman who had 2. her father, who lived across the country, was dying o she had to go there 3 times while i worked with her. she didnt have many friends, and i had a yard, so i watched them for her, for probably about a month total. the female was a complete pain. she barked, she beat up the male, she jumped, she tore everything up. the male was quite sweet, but not the brightest gem in the box. and they were both very stubborn. i worked at a horse ranch and at the end of the day wuold let them loose on the property. it would take such along time to get them back to go home. they would always come to me then right when they saw the leash take off running again. i would have stopped doing it, but they were such pains to walk, both going in different directions, the female running right into the male, the male somehow getting out of his gentle leader (hate those things). these dogs were also both strays when she got them, and i can count the minutes they had in formal training with one hand. so they were considerably worse than any pup given training at a young age would be
 

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Wow, lots of dalmatian experience on the board! :D Yeah, if I did get one I would DEFINITELY go to a good breeder . . . someone who does the BAER test for deafness as well as the hip and eye tests common in other breeds. I greatly admire this breeder:

http://www.jlsdals.com/

But, it will be a long time before I can get any dog . . . Currently I'm in a no-dogs-allowed apartment. :( So at least I'll have lots of time to weigh pros and cons on different breeds. :D And up my exercise, perhaps!
 

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I've heard very good things about JLS (and they're not too far from me here in Kansas, so if you wanted to I could go check them out in person).
 
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Wow, lots of dalmatian experience on the board! :D Yeah, if I did get one I would DEFINITELY go to a good breeder . . . someone who does the BAER test for deafness as well as the hip and eye tests common in other breeds. I greatly admire this breeder:

http://www.jlsdals.com/

But, it will be a long time before I can get any dog . . . Currently I'm in a no-dogs-allowed apartment. :( So at least I'll have lots of time to weigh pros and cons on different breeds. :D And up my exercise, perhaps!
JLS Dals is GREAT!!!!!!

I would also suggest Melody (my fav dal breeder, she also rescues dals), she breeds rarely but her dogs are top quality & she is a VERY nice person! http://www.melodykennels.com/ (Looks like she has puppies too!)


Another one of my favs (think she just had a litter too) is http://www.mindspring.com/~2bspotted/

Or a rescued dal is always wonderful as well, Beth White of Melody kennels can talk to you about that if you want to go that route.

Good luck and do plenty of research!! Find a good breeder, if you dont, you will have a lot of health problems. I have 2 dals from non reputable breeders and both have health issues.


ETA-I did a lot of research on breeders before I got into rescue & when I was considering a show Dal pup.
 

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