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Doc Helladay
posted 01-24-2003 05:47 AM           Edit/Delete Message
I was just wondering if anyone has dalmations and if their temperment is good around children. I noticed in another post someone had mentioned they had one in their neighborhood that was really mean. My son wants to get my g-baby going on 3 now. They have been talking about it for over a year. My grand-daughter is very good around animals, and she was around my nitro that I lost back in july, but he was so good natured . My new one grrrrr is nothing like him, I cannot have Zack 6 months now old, he just 1 crazy dog. He does flips jabs and jumps around like he is a kangaroo..back to dalamations anyone with any experience I would sure appreciate it.

Thanks Doc~

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posted 01-24-2003 11:02 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Hi Doc,

Sounds like you have a wild one over there.haha well I am a trainer and I have come across some pretty big dalmation problems personally. One caution I have for you is to buy one from a very good breeder. The problem with Dalmations is there is such a high demand for them since 101 dalmations that puppy mills (farms) have inbred them so bad to meet the demand and make money that they can have some serious tempermant problems. And please never buy one from a pet stor or a rescue if you have a very young child. If you need help finding a good breeder I can tryt to assist you.


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posted 01-24-2003 11:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
My aunt has a dalmation that grew up with 6 small children. The dog is great...they have never had a problem. She is very protective of them though...she has almost nipped me a few times.

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posted 01-25-2003 05:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PITBULL_PRINCESS1979     Edit/Delete Message

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posted 01-25-2003 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pauline     Edit/Delete Message
I know only one wee ittle factoid, that 1 in 4, are born deaf. Genetics. God bless.

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posted 02-03-2003 01:30 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Dalmations tend to have a very mixed reputation. Our family has had a few dalmations in the past and some have been bad, and some have been great. My mother had one that was very friendly and sweet to close family and friends, but was somewhat aggressive towards strangers. Unfortunately she was deaf which is all too common in Dalmations. I had another Dalmation that just died a couple of years ago that was the sweetest dog regardless of whether she knew you or not. I grew up with the dog from when my siblings and I were very young and we never had a problem with her even when we picked on her (like most kids do). I think the biggest thing is if you buy from a reputable breeder or not.

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posted 02-06-2003 09:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PetloversinIdaho     Edit/Delete Message
No they are not good kid dogs. I had one when my kids were younger and he was still a puppy. I had to get ride of hime because he got mean and aggresive with my children. Hope all works out.

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doc helladay
posted 02-07-2003 07:31 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Thank you for your replies I had done research on the breed a year ago, but I wanted to hear from owners first hand.

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posted 10-01-2003 04:22 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I have two dalmations right now, with a two year old daughter. They are wonderful!!!! BUT.....You have to walk them very often and give them a lot af attention. We got a dalmation 2 weeks before she was born and she was GREAT with our daughter.But sadley we lost her last year.

-Dog Lover

[This message has been edited by littlekenzie2001 (edited 10-01-2003).]

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posted 10-01-2003 04:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for the_maine_pitbull     Edit/Delete Message
Doc-- make sure they know to do plenty of research. I do not find Dalmations are a bad dog, then again I don't believe there is such a thing as a bad dog.. it is all how you train them.. I find that Dalmations are very active dogs and they can be hyperactive (as any active dog) and the only real situation is they might jump against the young one and knock them over.. however, if you get the pup at the appropriate age and raise it properly, obediancy training I would recommend (for any dog) you should be okay.. Just look into reputable breeders.

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posted 10-03-2003 07:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jamiya     Edit/Delete Message
I hadn't heard they are aggressive, but I have always heard they are VERY active dogs. Being the owner of a VERY active puppy (possibly Border Collie/Beagle) I can tell you that it is difficult even with older children (9 and 11) finding enough time to take her for walks/runs/frantic games of fetch - I can't imagine being able to do this with young children that I have to supervise constantly.

So you might take the activity level into account also, when you make your decision.


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posted 10-03-2003 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Maisey     Edit/Delete Message
I grew up with two and they were awesome, very active but alot of fun. My neighbor has one now and he never spends any time with it, just leaves him in the back yard. The dog tears up the yard out of boredom but every chance he gets to sneak up here and play with my girls(children) he does. He is also protective of my girls, he has claimed them as his own. He plays well with my three dogs and he minds me well. I have taught him some commands, but they only get used at my house! I think he is partly deaf but his owner doesn't seem too interested in having him tested. I would get one for my family, but I would definately be picky about where I got him/her from. As mentioned above there are way too many ppl trying to make a quick buck with this breed.

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posted 10-26-2003 08:50 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Dear Doc,
I myself have had a dalmation for about four years now. All I can say is that he is the most affectionate, well-behaved dog I've ever had. They are very hyper-active dogs that need much attention, but the love you receive from these dogs is phenomenal. They are very good around other people, especially kids. My dog has many problems with it, however. He is deaf, has a small liver, has everlasting ear infections, and has recurring problems with bladder stones. He has already been through 2 major surgeries in his short life. Although they make wonderful pets, I recommend you really think about all of the risks they come with before you make your decision. Taking care of them can be very difficult, as I have experienced. It all comes down to how much you want to take care of it. Hope this helped you.

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posted 10-28-2003 01:21 AM           Edit/Delete Message
We have a liver spot dalmation. We have had him for 3 1/2 years. He has a very sweet disposition. We were a little concerned when we found out we were going to have a baby. But it turns out they are buddies. It is all in how you raise them I believe. I know there are good and bad in every breed. Just do like we did, do a lot of research and read, read, and read. You can never be to informed. Good luck.

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posted 10-28-2003 07:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for DobyGirl20     Edit/Delete Message
well i have grown up with aggressive dog like rotts and dobys and pits but i have never had a problem with a dalmation before, they are actually good dogs but like the dogs i meantioned dogs grow and learn to how their owners raise them and teach can train them to be calmer but it takes a little time and patience.

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posted 01-12-2004 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for orlandic     Edit/Delete Message
Well i just inherited my cousins Dalmation of 6 years. I too believe (apart from a couple of breeds) that Dalmations like any other breed have different temperaments within the breed. (does that make sense?). Just like humans and different races, one cannot generalize one particular breed!
As my cousins is expecting his third child under 4, affection and walking the Dalmation has become a burden for him. I happily (after missing the opportunity of another awesomely great temperament dog [boxer]) have taken him on. He has grown up with chilren (2 and 4yrs old), and never jumps at all! He is one of the most gentle dogs ive ever met!
Unlike the boxer, which i nearly exhausted one time, the Dalmation can actually keep up with me on my runs.
So all has worked out fine! If only my sister wasnt angry about me bringing him home, as he will chase her precocious, spoiled and naughty cat! (although i love her [the cat and sister]), the cat just doesnt give the same companionship I was mutally needing!
ciao from orlandic

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posted 01-13-2004 07:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nik     Edit/Delete Message
Maisy - I love reading your posts, you always have something good and possative to add, brightens up the mood

As for the Dalmation question, I've only known one and he was very protective over the kids. I think you have to be more concerned about him snapping at people to protect the kids than the kids protection against him.
Having said that, I like many others beleive it's all in the way you raise the dog, any dog, regardless. If they snap once and it's not dealt with possativly (which alot of us are guilty of and give off the wrong signals) then it'll *probably* snap again... and again.

You've done your research so aslong as you keep along the right training lines you *should* have a happy litte Dalmation.
Good Luck

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posted 01-13-2004 08:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Samsintentions     Edit/Delete Message
I think this goes with any kind of dog really.

Gris was a no kid dog, and its beacause before we got him kids were mean to him as he grew up.

Now smokey, he's hesitant around them because he's never been around kids,
THen Charllotte, loves them. Keeps them occupied all day.

I've also knoticed this with other dogs as well,not just heelers. My biological father got a Dalmaion puppy for his 3 girls this past christmas. Its an evil little dog. Bites, growls the whole 9 yards, he found out that the lady he got her from had kids that were mean to the puppies. So he's working with the pup and so are the girls on socializing her and she's getting much better.

Its all in the dog. Your just going to have to go out and socialize with one for a bit to decided whether or not it suits your family.

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