Everyone knows and loves the beloved Dalmation. This dog breed is fondly known for its beautiful white coat with black spots (of course, this doggo can come in a few other colors, believe it or not). So, if you’re thinking of bringing home a Dalmatian puppy, you’re in the right place to learn more about this beautiful pooch.
A quick overview about the Dalmatian
Dalmatians have a coat that’s velvety to the touch. It’s short and sleek, with proper care. They are most commonly seen as white dogs with black spots, but they can come in a few other colors as well. For example, Dalmatians can have liver, lemon, or orange spots instead of black. In addition, this pooch may also have two different colored spots, also known as tri-color.
Regardless of their looks, Dalmatians will make great family pets. They’ll need to be socialized early and be properly trained, though. They’ll get along with other pets, such as cats and young kids. However, they’ll do better with children who are at least six years old. This is partly because Dalmatians are big pups, and their excitement can get in the way. They may accidentally knock down a child or two without realizing it. You should always supervise the dog and children playing together no matter how old the dog is (or how old the kids are).
When it comes to strangers and other dogs, Dalmatians may get aggressive. This can be nipped in the bud if they’re trained and socialized properly and early enough. They’ll get attached to one of their humans and close family members. So, if they’re left alone for too long, they might be prone to getting separation anxiety.
Dalmatians will bark a lot, but only to alert you if something is wrong. They’ll make excellent guard dogs and watchdogs. This pooch is highly intelligent, but it can be headstrong. They’ll be goofy with their family members, though.
Where can you find Dalmation puppies?
You’ll be able to come across this awesome canine companion through a breed-specific rescue for Dalmatians or at a local animal shelter. They may have purebred Dalmatians for adoption, but it might not always be a puppy.
So, if you have your heart set on getting a Dalmatian puppy, then you can always search for a reputable breeder who specializes in this dog breed. As long as you do your research and get to know the breeder before you do business with them, you should be able to give a dog a great forever home.
How much do Dalmatian puppies cost?
Depending on where you get a Dalmatian, a puppy may cost anywhere between $300 and $3,000. The average cost from a breeder is about $900. The increased cost may be due to the high demand for this popular breed. Believe it or not, a litter of Dalmatians can be as many as 15 puppies at once. So, the bigger the litter, the less cost the puppies may be.
Preparing to bring home your new puppy
Before you bring your Dalmatian home, you’ll want to prepare a few things first. First, find a veterinarian who is accepting new patients. Talk to them about the Dalmatian breed as a whole. Then, you’ll be able to get all the resources you need to care for your new puppy properly.
In addition to a vet, you can also find a groomer you think might be a good fit and find a dog trainer to help with training and behavior. Also, if you’re not going to be home often, finding a dog walker to pop in on your pooch throughout the day is a good idea, as well.
Then, go to your local pet store and go shopping. Puppies need a lot of supplies. For example, you’ll need a collar, leash, harness, dog bed, crate, dog toys, dog food, treats, grooming supplies, poop bags, cleaning supplies, and so much more.
Bringing home your new furry friend
When you pick up your Dalmatian puppy, be sure you have your house ready for a puppy. That means puppy-proofing the place and ensuring that your doggo can only go where you want them to go. Starting in one room is ideal for your dog to get used to you, your household members, and all the new smells.
It’s also a good idea to take a couple of days off from work if you don’t get your dog on the weekend. This way, the two of you can get to know each other. Then, let your new puppy get used to you, and you can begin training right away.
Should you get a Dalmatian puppy?
If you’re able to care for your puppy’s needs – whether it’s exercise or grooming – a Dalmatian will be a great dog to add to the family. They’ll do well with their family members, including young kids, as long as they are properly trained and socialized well. They’ll make a great companion for anyone.