The Dalmatian is a distinctively spotted dog; poised and alert; strong, muscular and active; free of shyness; intelligent in expression; symmetrical in outline; and without exaggeration or coarseness. The Dalmatian is capable of great endurance, combined with fair amount of speed.
Dalmatians are loving and affectionate. They’re loyal and want to please. They are, generally, great with children and other dogs. They crave human attention and need to feel part of the family.
The dogs are easy to groom and usually live for 10-12 years. They NEED exercise everyday, but, if they get this, are fine for condo living. Training is highly recommended.
Whenever possible, we recommend that all of the members of the prospective adoptive family and their dog(s) come to meet the Dal or Dals they are interested at the kennel facilities, and spend time interacting with the dog before committing to any particular dog. Each adoptive family must complete an adoption questionnaire and be willing to submit to a home inspection, both pre- and post-adoption. Once approved, the adoption fee is $250 and each dog is spayed or neutered, and has its current rabies and other vaccinations and is typically micro-chipped. While we generally adopt to families located in the Southern California area, we are happy to work with an out-of-town family in arranging an adoption, with the understanding that all costs of transportation and travel are to be paid for by the adopting family. Other special requirements, such as photos of your home and property and a letter from the family vet, may be required in the event of an out-of-town adoption.
Consider these safety tips before adopting and bringing your new dog home.
1. Secure an ID tag to a buckle collar and keep that collar on the dog at all times. Keep it "2-fingers" snug.
Check the fit regularly. Don't risk your dog's life to a loose collar.
2. Always walk your dog on a leash for his own safety and everyone else's. Voice control is uselss when your
dog decides to chase a squirrel, knock down a child, or fight with another dog.
3. Don't leave your dog unattended in a car, especially in hot weather. Even with the windows open, a car can
heat up like an oven in minutes. Hundreds of animals die in cars each year.
4. Make sure your dog always has free access to water, inside the house and out.
5. Before you let your new dog loose in a yard, make sure the fence is high enough and secure. Monitor
their movement once they are in the yard. If there are any openings to escape, your dog will certainly find
them before you do!
6. Until you have spent sufficient time working with your dog to control nuisance barking, you should not leave
them alone in the yard. While it takes time for some dogs, it's always worth the extra effort and your
neighbors will appreciate it.
7. Keep your pets off the grass if you've just applied weed killer. They may lick their paw and become ill.
8. Avoid heatstroke. Don't leave your dog outside for long periods on a hot day. When outside, a dog must
always have a shady shelter and access to water.
9. Don't chain up dogs. Chains and ropes cause injuries. A chained dog cannot protect himself from stray
animals. Additionally, chaining creates frustration and leads to aggression and other behavioral problems.
10. Antifreeze kills and unfortunately, its taste appeals to pets. Tightly close and store all containers,
containing chemicals, away from pets and avoid walking your dog through car emissions that often pool up
on a driveway.
11. Do not transport your dog in the back of a pickup truck. Hundreds of dogs die each year from falling out of
trucks. Also, dogs get head and eye injuries from sticking heads out of car windows.
12. Shield electrical wires and plug outlets in your home. Don't leave coins, clips, etc. on the floor.
13. Store cleaning products high on a shelf or behind latched doors. Equip cabinet doors with child-proof
14. Don't let pets drink from a toilet that has freshener in the tank or bowl. The chemicals are toxic.
15. Bones, especially those that splinter easily, can lodge in the dog's throat or stomach and cause fatal
punctures. Give your dog rubber bones instead.
16. Even a small amount of chocolate can poison and kill your dog. And, unless prescribed by your vet, do not
give human medications, like aspirin, to your dog.
17. Identify and move toxic plants out of reach. For a complete list of toxic plants, visit the website for the
National Animal Poison Control Center.
18. Garages can be especially dangerous places for dogs. Check that all yard tools are hung up or put away
so your dog is protected from any sharp edges. Place razor blades, an other cutting tools, in a safe
place, preferably a drawer or storage box. All chemical for yard and garden use, including snail bait and
pesticides, should be placed on a high shelf, far from your dog's reach.