|Barked: Sat Dec 8, '12 10:22pm PST |
|Zephyr is right and Jasper speaks to some realities. It may be true to blame it on the movie, but that is too easy an out. In the dog fancy, Dalmatians have long been known for having a vast range in temperament. Some were lured in only for their spots, and could/would look past temperament flaws. Some breeders make excuse for a skittishness or a slight sharpness, and three generations later and you have some big problems. This is why with Dalamatians, there is *no such thing* as being too careful in selecting your breeder. Look past the surface....the testing and conformation titles...and expect to be able to grill a breeder as to what they have done to stabilize the temperament in their lines. If they look at you funny....do not walk away, run!
A problem the breed struggles to rectify is a slight nervous edge that does not do well in novel situations and can make them mistrusting. Anyone obtaining a puppy needs to be aware of this and willing to discuss this with a breeder, what their experiences have been. If you get any "oh no, that is just mill dogs" or some such....leave.
In terms of "good with kids," not all breeds are naturally. Dalmatians can be a bit independent, driven, have a great deal of energy and are rowdy. Some breeds have a particular affinity, Dalmatians aren't really one of them, but nor are many. Certainly anything LESS than a perfect Dalmatian would be a concern if these are visiting children and the home gets turned upside down for a few days or hours.
So you need to start early with a good example and socialize a lot so that's their range of normal. Although I warn you that if your family does any amount of research on this breed, then you are in a lot of trouble, for they definitely have a reputation.
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