Long Coat Dalmatians Are Still Just Regular Dalmatians
Dalmatians are a fun loving, happy breed. They are charming, loyal, funny and definitely earn their clown status daily. Our Dalmatians do seem to prefer their own family to strangers. They are excellent watch dogs. If you want your Dalmatian to like strangers you should socialize them well as small puppies.
They typically have a medium to high activity level, which varies depending on each specific animals individual personality. They need regular walks as puppies but as they age they typically adjust to the life style of their family.
Dalmatians love to be with their family. They are generally unhappy as outdoor pets. A bored Dalmatian can become destructive or aggressive . If you are considering a Dalmatian you should plan to include them in your family life. If you do they will be eager to please you.
Are Dalmatians Good With Children?
Our dogs are fabulous with our 3 children .They are loving, gentle, protective and loyal to our entire family. Children should be taught to respect animals and dogs in turn should know their place in the family. Dogs must be taught to respect and be tolerant of children. This is best started at birth. Which is what we do here with our puppies.
If you have never done any basic dog obedience training, a class is required as per our contract . This will benefit all involved and most importantly your new puppy. Both the dog and everyone who spends time around your dog will benefit greatly. A well trained dog makes a happy family and a happy pet!
Long Coat Grooming
The long coat Dalmatian hair is soft and silky. It is easy to sweep up and does not stick to things. They should be brushed out about once every other week. Their fur only typically grows to about 2-4 inches on their body. They produce beautiful "feathering" on their tails, ears and legs. The feathering will grow out several inches as they age. All Dalmatians do shed all year round. Long coats are still regular Dalmatians.... They also shed all year around. Diet and regular grooming will greatly reduce shedding. We highly recommend shaving or trimming their foot pads. The fur can grow quite long and cause them to "slip" on surfaces like hardwood or tile. We shave our puppies and dogs foot pads. (Beard trimmers work great and are very easy!)
Health Issues in the breed and what We do to prevent them
Bladder Stones Dalmatians are a relatively healthy breed. The biggest Dalmatian health concern is bladder stones. This is caused by High Uric Acid levels, an inability to process purines. All Dalmatians naturally carry this gene (HUA) but it has been selectively bred out via the (LUA) backcross project. Our dogs here and past puppies do not have a history of stone forming. However, it is always a possibility since all Dalmatians naturally carry the gene that causes the high uric acid levels. Routine checkups with your vet is always recommended. No special diet is recommended or required unless the dog begins having frequent urinary tract infections. The most important part of avoiding stones is hydration. Lots of fresh water should always be available. "Wetting" food as well as frequent bathroom breaks to flush their system. Our dogs love when we float the food as well it seems to taste better and they benefit from more water intake.
What does LUA (low uric acid) mean... . Read more about the Dalmatian heritage project, LUA Dalmatians and Dr Schaible. The man who had a dream, his dream became a mission and now his mission will save thousands of Dalmatians all over the world. Every Dalmatian lover in the world should be cheering his name! http://www.dalmatianheritage.com/about/Seltzer.htm
Dalmatians can be born deaf. The hearing loss is linked to the pigment of the inner ear and any animals that are white are at risk. They do not go deaf after birth unless there is injury, illness or possibly as a side effect from old age.
Our puppies come tested for BAER hearing tests ! We also make our own assessments prior to the baer tests. We place puppies at home in a quiet environment follow this link to see how we do our at home tests... http://www.thedca.org/hometest.html
If you are wondering what exactly is a BAER exam and how the test is performed, please check out this link. http://www.lsu.edu/deafness/baerexpl.htm We will likely know if a puppy is deaf in both ears but the only way to guarantee they can actually hear in BOTH ears or only 1 ear is by doing the BAER hearing exam with the specialist.
What do We do with our deaf puppies?
Fortunately we have had fabulous hearing results and only ever produced 2 bilaterally deaf puppies! Deaf puppies are still perfectly healthy animals that can have long happy lives. We accept applications and will keep a waiting list for deaf puppies. They are placed at a reduced fee of $450.00 to an appropriate home that can meet their needs. They will not go into rescues and will always remain in our home with my family until the perfect home is found. Just like all the rest of our puppies do.
Below We have listed some answers to common questions we are frequently asked. I love talking about my dogs and if given the chance I could just talk about them all day long. However, I often have very full days. If I am unavailable for questions I hope this page will help interested owners.
Will all of the puppies be long coat?
No, the gene is recessive so two carriers must be bred to produce the long coat. Puppies produced in litters out of parents who both carry the long coat gene , will be long coat Dalmatians and some will be short coated but carry the long coat gene so standard coat puppies. Depending on the breeding combination a litter may be entirely long coat, entirely standard coat. Each puppy will be listed with specifics about their genetic make up. We can’t guarantee specific traits but they are likely to occur with human intervention and planned breeding's .
Will a standard coat puppy grow long hair?
No, a standard coat puppy will always have a standard coat. If the puppy has a long coat parent they will carry the recessive gene. Just like a black spotted Dalmatian spots will not turn liver, a standard coat will not "turn" into a long coat.
What is a retainer fee and why should you place one?
*A retainer is accepted to hold a puppy until they are ready to go home. *Why do breeders wait until after 6 weeks to help families choose their puppy? This is done for several reasons. 1. Dalmatian puppies are born white. The spotting patterns they develop are as unique as our finger prints. As a breeder I have an idea of the spotting patterns at a few days old but ultimately even I have no idea exactly what each puppy will look like until about 4 weeks. Most people purchasing a Dalmatian puppy have spotting pattern preferences. 2. Health- You want to wait until after Puppies get health checks are complete to choose a puppy. Dalmatians can be born deaf. It would be heartbreaking to choose a family pet only to find out the puppy you had you heart set on showing wasn't a good candidate and turned out to be deaf in one or both ears. Some families could adapt but others may not be able to appropriately meet the needs of a special needs puppy. It's best to just wait. 3. Temperament- Lastly but most importantly temperament is not established until several weeks old. Temperament is still quite easily shaped at young ages but certain puppies may naturally fit in to certain life styles better. It's my goal to not just give you a gorgeous family pet but a family member that will fit into your life with ease. That's why I Volhard aptitude test my puppies. The test shouldn't be performed at a very young age as results are most consistent around the 5-6 week mark. Again it's best to wait and get the perfect puppy. 4. The order puppies are chosen- Puppies are chosen in the order Deposits are accepted. The sooner you put a retainer fee down, the more options there are for puppies. . Example: The litter is born with 4 females and 8 males. 1st deposit for a male puppy will be able to choose from all 8 male puppies, 2nd retainer will choose from the remaining 7 males and 3rd retainer will have to choose from the remaining 6 male puppies etc. After all appropriate tests are done I go down the list and schedule appointments with each family to come choose their puppy. If you are unable to come select your puppy in person then alternate arrangements are made. We will discuss test results and then use FaceTime or Skype to select your perfect puppy. So you still get to meet us and the puppies "in person". If after choices are made and health tests are complete you are not satisfied with the remaining puppies I will transfer you over to 1st or 2nd choice of my next litter. Depending on availability. 5. At what age do puppies go home? Puppies can leave as early as 8 weeks of age. I like to see puppies placed in their forever homes by about 12 weeks of age.
We accept VENMO Paypal, CASHAP, Walmart store transfer or U.S. Postal money orders for Retainer (deposit) fee *There is a $3.00 per $100.00 sent service charge if you decide to use PayPal, and any other method aside from cash payments. *Retainer fees are always transferable, not refundable no questions asked. If you place a retainer fee (deposit) and circumstances suddenly change, that's OK. We only want our puppies going to homes under good circumstances. Please contact us immediately. We will gladly transfer your Retainer fee to a later litter. *Retainer fees (deposits) are otherwise nonrefundable. *The Retainer fee amount is usually $100.00 subject to change . *Final costs of our puppies is subject to change so it is best to inquire directly for adoption costs. If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to email, call or text us. We look forward to meeting you! If you are having a difficult time reaching us please be patient. We have a active lifestyle and it can get hectic we can get very busy. The absolute best way to make certain you get through to us, is by sending a message to our email listed below with your contact information. I will return your call at my soonest availability.