Learn all you need to know about male and female Dalmatians, their pros and cons, and nutritional needs when you visit Dorothy's Perfect Pets in Marshall, TX. Our team is here to help you understand your responsibilities as a Dalmatian owner. It is important that you learn as much as possible about Dalmatians before deciding to adopt one. Many people love the stunning look and elegance of a Dalmatian but fail to research the breed before bringing one home. This can result in an unhappy environment for both the Dalmatian and their owners. Here is some necessary information to help you decide whether or not you are ready to own a Dalmatian.
Distracted during training, as males like to play so often
More likely to act silly and are more puppy-like, always wanting to play games
Neutered males can exhibit secondary sexual behavior such as 'humping', or 'marking' and lifting of legs. However, once the testosterone levels recede after neutering, most of these behaviors will disappear. Males who are neutered early (by 6 months of age) usually don't ever raise their leg to urinate.
Less distracted during training, more eager to get it over with to get back to their comfy spot on the couch
Less likely to wage a dominance battle with YOU, but can be cunning and resourceful in getting her own way
More prone to mood swings
The female also has periods of being 'in heat' unless she is spayed. Seasonal heats can be a nightmare not just for the female, but you and every male dog in the neighborhood. If you are not breeding, you'd be best off to have her spayed, since during this time she can leave a bloody discharge on carpets, couches, or anywhere she goes. She will be particularly moody and emotional during this time. A walk outside during this period can become hazardous if male dogs are in the vicinity, and she will leave a 'scent' for wandering intact males to follow right to your yard, where they will hang out, and 'wait' for days.
Deafness affects about 8% of the breed. Dalmatians have a uric acid anomaly that may lead to the formation of urate stones. They require a low purine diet. They do best on a lower protein, non-beef based food to prevent urate stone forming. Many owners feed them lamb and rice foods.
Feed your puppy premium quality puppy food, not a generic. They require a low purine diet. They do best on a lower protein; non-beefed food to prevent urate stone forming. We highly recommend providing your Dalmatian with nutritional supplements. In fact, as long as you follow the Three Golden Rules of Dalmatian Dog Care, your dog's chances of living a long and healthy life free of pain and disease are extremely high:
Keeping a Dalmatian puppy healthy and growing properly is fairly simple. Prior to receiving a Dalmatian from Dorothy’s Perfect Pets, they have been on a Proactive Health diet. They have known only one brand and that is Iams Smart Puppy.
Why do we feed them Iams Proactive Health Puppy?
Iams has no fillers, artificial preservatives, or colors. It promotes a healthy digestive system, a strong immune system, strong bones, strong muscles, healthy teeth, a shiny coat and a healthy heart. We recommend staying with the Iams Diet, but if you change to another diet, make it a gradual transition.
Recommended Way to Feed Your Dalmatian
Serving sensibly sized proportions of 6-10ozs four times a day is a good start. If your puppy doesn’t eat it all in 20 minutes, take the food and give it the 6-10oz in about 6 hours. Get your puppy used to a feeding schedule. You should change yours to 3 meals per day at about 3 months of age, 2 meals per day at 6 months, and 1 meal per day at 12 months (1 year). At the age of 1 year, change to adult food. We change over to Iams Proactive Adult. We feed ours 2 times per day with about 130z per serving.
Supplementing Your Dalmatians Diet
We do not encourage feeding them treats except during training. We supplement their diet with Nu-Vet Nutrition tabs. We believe it adds 1 year to their healthy life if you feed them regularly.
Adopt a Dalmatian Today!
At Dorothy's Perfect Pets, we aim to give our Dalmatians a new and loving home, one with a caring and responsible owner. If you are thinking about adopting one, come to us. Whether you prefer male Dalmatians or lean towards their female counterparts, we have the perfect dog for you! For more information about our Dalmatian puppies, get in touch with us.