Kids are often carried away and swooned by the cute versions of Dalmatians that they watch on TV and would most likely not be prepared for the destructive version of Dalmatians they end up living with. Dalmatians could be difficult family dogs. They become more vibrant, energetic and stubborn as they mature. They tend to portray these traits even as puppies.
Although Dalmatians are dogs you would most likely be wary of, they actually do love being with family. In fact, they need the human bond. They easily adapt and are always excited to be around family and are mostly loyal to their family.
Do Dalmatians Bite
Your Dalmatian might look like he is snarling but is literally smiling. A show of teeth from Dalmatians does not always mean a snarl. It is sometimes a mark of submission. As much as your Dalmatian smiles, he most definitely can bite too.
Origin Of Dalmatian Dogs
Dalmatians are originally as war and hunting dogs and hunting animals but as the world evolved, have become family dogs that are loyal to their human family, but very short-tempered around strangers. Some Dalmatians may tend to snap at strangers.
Dalmatian history and origin may make them increase or heighten their guarding and protective tendencies. The Dalmatian is prone to defects like deafness and urinary issues and over-breeding can heighten his chances of having these defects, as they are genetic.
A dog’s normal reaction to provocation is biting, irrespective of its breed. It is no different with a Dalmatian. Dalmatians have tempers that are as obvious striking as their spotting.
Of course they are beautiful in appearance due to their unique spotting, but could have ugly tempers. Dalmatians are the only dog breed with spotting and each Dalmatian’s spotting/coat is unique to it. There are no duplicate spotting.
Despite their tendencies, they environment in which they are brought, their genetic background and the individuals who bring them up, can be great determiners of how Dalmatians turn out in the end.
For this reason, some might describe the Dalmatian dog as cute, affectionate and great with kids, while some others might describe him as stubborn and aggressive.
Dalmatians easily get bored with activities. They are not the kind of dogs that enjoy staying so long, doing a particular thing. They are restless and prefer constantly changing activities. This breed of dog can create their own entertainment when they are bored and these entertainments are mostly destructive.
A Dalmatian dog would destroy anything that can be destroyed in the home, as a past time when he is bored. Dalmatians could deliberately do something that is obviously bad.
Dalmatians are pack animals and are better off around people or animals. It is highly unadvisable to leave your Dalmatian dog alone for too long or keep him tied in the yard, away from others as this can cause him to become very aggressive and destructive.
You would therefore agree with me that not everyone can train a Dalmatian dog, especially a family that has toddlers and children under the age of 5.
The toddler’s energy is most definitely no match for that of a grown Dalmatian. Imagine the fright your toddler would have when a full grown Dalmatian charges towards him. This is certainly not a situation you would want your child to go through often.
The Dalmatian is a large dog and would most times leverage on his size to launch frightening attacks at strangers.
Why Do Dalmatians Bark?
No matter their breed, all dogs bark. Mostly, they use barking as a means of communication , and as you might have guessed, they could be communicating several different things, depending on the occasion. Some reasons why your Dalmatian barks would include:
- Play: When you return from an outing, your Dalmatian will bark as a sign of welcome. When you feed him treats, he will also certainly bark. This kind of barking is triggered by happiness will be accompanied by your dog wagging his tail and jumping.
- Boredom: When your Dalmatian dog is left alone for too long, with nothing to do and no form of company whatsoever, he becomes restless, anxious and might begin to pace around and get frustrated. This could automatically lead to frantic barking.
- Separation anxiety: Dalmatians with extreme separation anxiety will usually bark a lot when they are left home alone, at an extreme rate.
- Seeking Attention: When your Dalmatian has a need, he communicates it by barking. He could be in need of a snack or a potty break, among others.
- Protective Instincts: If a person or another animal gets too close for comfort to your Dalmatian’s space, he is likely to bark. At this point, he is passing a message to the newcomer to back off from his territory. The nearer the threat comes, the louder the barking becomes.
- Fear: If your Dalmatian dog sees something strange or hears a strange sound that he is not used to, he will likely freak out and bark.
How To Get Your Dog To Stop Barking
Engaging in core exercises with your Dalmatian makes him exert and expend most of his energy and wears him out. This way, he is too worn out to do pretty much anything but rest.
This is easier to achieve when your Dalmatian is still young and his bones and joints have not fully matured. When he matures, your dog can go two hours exercising, without getting tired out.
Exercising your Dalmatian keeps him busy and occupied; this takes out his tendency to get bored and anxious, which almost always results in destruction.
They are also very responsive to treats so, this could help with training your dog. In extreme cases, you might want to introduce your Dalmatian to Dog Obedience Classes.
If you got your dog at an early age, make a point to begin socialization early, as this would most likely ensure that your Dalmatian is raised properly.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Are Dalmatians Hard To Train?
Your Dalmatian dog can be a handful to train as his traits and tendencies to be stubborn, strong-willed and manipulative, could wear you out very easily.
Do Dalmatians Bark A Lot?
All dogs bark! Some are just noisier than the others. Just as every other dog breed, Dalmatians can bark but compared to other dogs, Dalmatians are relatively quiet or less noisy. However, if your Dalmatian considers a stranger a threat, he is very likely to bark.
How Big Do Dalmatians Get??
A full grown male Dalmatian can weigh as much as 70 pounds (32kg) and grow as tall as 61cm (2ft), while a full grown female Dalmatian can weigh as much as 53 pounds (24kg) and grow as tall as 58cm (1ft 11inches).
Are Male Or Female Dalmatians Better?
The female Dalmatians are usually easier to train as they are more submissive than the male. If this is your preference, then you should consider adopting a female Dalmatian. However, if you want to enjoy a witty, goofy, energetic dog, a male Dalmatian is your best bet.
Are Dalmatians Dumb?
Dalmatians are considered to be very smart dogs. You Dalmatian’s temperament does not dispute his intelligence and smartness. Hence, you need to handle him with patience and caution.
Are Dalmatians Fire Dogs?
Dalmatians were originally bred to be stable guards, firehouse guards and even as coaches, due to their traits and energy levels. The Dalmatian’s coaching instincts qualified it to work as a firehouse guard. Till date, Dalmatians are still used as mascots in many firehouses, symbolizing their past feats and exploits.
Dalmatians would generally get along with other pets like themselves and so, to keep your Dalmatian dog from boredom, you can get him a companion to keep his busy and active.
With proper handling and under the best conditions, a Dalmatian can be a very great dog friend to keep, as it will be at its best behavior, if not provoked.