|Barked: Wed Apr 15, '09 11:27am PST |
|Wow! Lots of stuff about Dals I can share with you!
1. Snore? sometimes! and the running & moaning in sleep, yup! soemtimes that happens.
2. Dig? Miss Cookies dug when she was a pup. The Bandit dug a little when he was younger, as he came here when he was 1 y/o. Cherie, just a little but she's been here for about 6 mos now, and was taught not to dig.
3. High Maintenance? Depends what you define it as. Miss Cookies had allergies. The Bandit had gunky ears but that was it until he was older then we found out about his heart. Cherie, no. From the grooming aspect, Dals are basically a wash and wear type of dog. Muddy feet? Wait 20-30 minutes and then brush off the dirt! Baths? Miss Cookies and The Bandit hardly got baths as they only got doggy sweat when we went to the dog park. Cherie's only had one bath since she's been here. They do shed twice- day and night!
Dietary needs? It boils down to the individual dog, as in many breeds. But Dals are missing an enzyme in their digestive tract and are prone to stone forming. Low to medium purine level foods are recommended to avoid stones.
Love Walks? Yes, they enjoy time with their human, no matter what the activity is. They were big status symbols back n the horse and carriage days, seen running between the horses or under the carriage- that's why they are nicknamed Carriage Dogs! Also they were able to keep up with the carriage if one traveled from one place to another, and that's why they have deep chests. They are catagorized in the Non Sporting Group, but they can hunt and do field trials.
One Person breed? Dals are very social. Yes, they have a preference for their human but the nickname of Velco or Shadow is used with this breed.
For more info, see the Dalmatian Club of America's site: www.thedca.org
Cherie is my third spottyed one here. Miss Cookies and The Bandit, now Angels, were the ones that got me hooked on this breed. They are intelligent, have a sense of humor, and enjoy snuggling in creature comforts as well as be as active as you are! Deafness may occur in 8% of the breed, but that can be unilateral or bilaterial ( one ear or both). Dysplasia of hips/elbows can occur too.
These dogs are inside dogs, as their coat is not made for outside only conditions.
I hope this adds to whats been posted about Dalmatians!
|my posts | my page | msg me | my family's posts | gift me | become pals|| [notify]|