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101 things to know about Dalmatians....

  1. We are born pure white - no spots
  2. when we are around 14 days old our spots are starting to appear
  3. Dalmatians can either have Black spots,
  4. liver spots (deep brown/red)
  5. Lemon spots,
  6. Dark blue,
  7. tri coloured,
  8. brindled,
  9. solid white - highly discouraged in show dogs - but a solid white dalmation puppy was the main star of the 102 dalmations movie (2000)......an example of colours (link)
  10. A dalmatians nose, and toe nails are normally the colour of his/her spots
  11. eyes can be dark brown,
  12. blue
  13. or amber even
  14. some dalmations can smile
  15. what a old lady would look like dalmatianized (game)
  16. Many years ago, Dalmatians were used to chase rats out of the fire stations and horse stables of London. The dogs also guided the horse-pulled fire wagons through city streets. Some modern firehouses still keep Dalmatians as pets.
  17. During World War II, Dalamatians were used to carry secret messages and emergency supply kits.
  18. Dalmatians are circus performers! They work well with horses, love to be the center of attention, and are natural clowns.
  19. Dalmatians have been around for hundreds of years, but historians aren't sure where the spotted dogs first appeared.
  20. We are also known as English Coach Dogs, Carriage Dogs, and Plum Pudding Dogs.
  21. all us dogs - well most of us, are colour blind.. the hole world is black and white
  22. but most of us doggie have great eye sight
  23. and our ears are pretty cool too... most dalmatians like me can hear 4 times better than humans
  24. fully grown dalmations weigh aound 40 - 70 ilbs... male "dogs" weigh more than female "bitchs"
  25. we tend to love people
  26. picasso owned a dalmation like me!
  27. Us Dalmatians are extremely smart,
  28. stubborn,
  29. and may be easily bored.
  30. Like some children, we like to see how much we can get away with!
  31. Dalmatians love to swim! but its also down to personalitys...
  32. Although us Dalmatians have short hair, we can shed quite a bit and must be brushed regularly to avoid a "snowstorm" of hair in the house
  33. as u probley know we have had a few hit movies... 101 dalmatians, and 102 dalmations the most resent
  34. we have excellent memories - so treat us right or we will remember for years and years
  35. we are very sensitive and loyal dogs
  36. we enjoy playing with children.. but as we are so big we may be a bit too rambunctious for toddlers.
  37. we get along with other animals/pets, but may be aggressive with strange dogs
  38. we need plenty of socialization, other wise we become high strung, and timid
  39. we can be trained for defense and are good watchdogs
  40. Dalmations offen have large litters, sometimes up to 15 pups
  41. A puppy cannot leave his mother too young 7-8 weeks is the adverage
  42. adverage height... Dog is 22-24 inches (50-60cm)
  43. bitches 20-22 (50-55cm)
  44. we love to run, and need a lot of exercise
  45. Life expectancy is 10 - 12 years
  46. Us Dalmatians shed profusely twice a year... al though we are an "easy to keep breed" though frequent brushing is needed to cope with constant shedding.
  47. we do not have a "doggie odor", we are very clean and try very hard to avoid puddles.
  48. Dalmatians are NOT a yard/kennel dog and need to be a part of the family.
  49. Their short coat makes them unsuitable for staying outdoors in very cold weather.
  50. we can be independent thinkers and even when well-trained may occasionally offer a behavioral challenge. Like some children, they like to see how much they can get away with!
  51. Dalmatians require early, motivational, consistent training. Puppy kindergarten and basic obedience are highly recommended.
  52. Dalmatians (as with ALL dogs) require early socialization with a wide variety of people and dogs. Homes without children should borrow some for socialization purposes.
  53. Dalmatians can have a tendency toward skin and coat problems. Diet and regular grooming can help to control this.
  54. A Dalmatian that spends too much time left to his own devices may become a barker or a digger from boredom.
  55. 101 Dalmatians and Peter Pan are the only two Disney cartoon features with
    both parents that are present and don't die throughout the movie.
  56. Most of the dalmatians in the movie 102 dalmatians aren't real. They're computer generated. The pups are sort of advanced cartoon characters.
  57. these pups were the only "real ones"......The Pups
    Alameda, Ashes, Badger, Badges, Big Dipper, Blunder, Bob, Bogey, Bones, Bongo, Bootsie, Bubba, Buddy, Buster, Buttons, Chance, Chase, Checkers, Chester, Chew, Chief, Chocolate Chip, Cinders, Cosmo, Cotton Ball, Cue Ball, Dab, Diggity, Domino, Dot Com, Drifter, Ears, Eight Ball, Ellipses, Fang, Fetch, Fisher, Flip, Freckles, Full Stop, Gideon, Gobstopper, Grinder, Gumball, Hotdog, Hydrant, Inky, Jake, Jersey, Jimmies, Junior, Little Dipper, Marbles, Moose, Nickels, Nipper, Nugget, Oddball, Orion, Otto, Patches, Peeve, Pepper, Pinwheel, Polka, Princess, Ralph, Rorschach, Rufus, Scamper, Scout, Sergeant, Skipper, Smoky, Smudge, Snake Eyes, Snicker, Snip, Snowball, Soccer, Soho, Sparky, Speckles, Spindle, Squeaky, Squirrel, Stripes, Sunspot, Tac, Tic, Tippy, Toe, Toffee, Twister, Tug, Typhoon, Wags, Whirlwind, Windy, Zephyr. ( what no Treggy? lol)
  58. Veterinarian's will usually give a Dalmatian an injection in a "spot" as opposed to a white area of their fur. The reason? The skin beneath the dark fur bleeds less than that beneath the white.
  59. Us Dals love the outdoors but love being inside with their family more than anything else. and do not want to "live out doors"
  60. many children and adults saw 101 -102 dalmation movies, the cutie onscreen puppies and rushed off to buy a Dalmatian pup for their loved ones. Unfortunately, taking care of Dalmatians is not an easy task for the frisky little puppies grow up to be huge dogs. This impulsive buying meant that people did not bother to do adequate research (if at all) on the habits of the dog.
    Many owners eventually discovered that they just could not manage the dogs and turned them loose or left them at animal shelters! Pet shelters across England and the United States took in a record number of Dalmatian strays about a year after the release of "101 Dalmatians". (By then the dogs had grown and owners had begun to realise that their dog was no longer a cute puppy!)
  61. a dalmation is a 15 year commitment!!!
  62. The net result: care, feeding, bathing, daily walks, grooming etc, are left unattended while all people want is for the dogs to remain cute and cuddly and playful.
  63. the best thing in keeping a dog as a pet is that it is very therapeutic and a great stress reliever.
  64. The welcome wag of the tail and the love shown more than makes up for everything.
  65. Chocolate is poisonous to dogs (sniff - but doggie chocolate is great)
  66. During the twilight dog-barking scene in Disney's 101 Dalmatians, some characters from Lady and the Tramp can be scene in a pet shop window.
  67. Dogs keep cool by panting. The pads of their feet are the only places where they have sweat glands.
  68. A normal body temperature for a dog is 102°
  69. Down the centuries Dalmatians have had a close affinity with the horse. In Victorian times they would accompany carriages often travelling long distances.
  70. Evidence of the breed's existence from the seventeenth century is seen in paintings and engravings by artists from different countries - Holland, Italy and England. One painting by the Dutch artist Jan Fyt (1606 - 1661) depicts a hunting scene showing various breeds - Greyhounds and Spaniels - but the dog in the foreground of the painting is unmistakably a Dalmatian.
  71. Dalmatians do have a unique uric acid metabolism, with high levels of uric acid excretion in their urine, which can make kidney and bladder stone formation a possibility. By paying attention to the dog's diet and providing plentiful water, the knowledgeable owner can usually prevent serious problems
  72. as a puppy my intelligence and capacity for learning are the same as an 8-month-old child.
  73. I am a Puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING I can get my teeth on. This is how I explore and learn about the world. Even HUMAN children put things in their mouths. It's up to you to guide me to what is mine to chew and what is not.
  74. I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1-2 hours.
  75. I cannot "feel" that I need to poop until it is actually beginning to come out.
  76. I cannot vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I cannot have "bladder and bowel control" until 6-9 months.
  77. Do not punish me if you have not let me out for 3 hours and I tinkle. It is your fault. As a Puppy it is wise to remember that I NEED to go potty after: Eating, Sleeping, Playing, Drinking and around every 2-3 hours in addition.
  78. If you want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after 7 or 8pm. A crate will help me learn to housebreak easier, and will avoid you being mad at me.
  79. accidents WILL happen, please be patient with me! In time I will learn.
  80. I like to play. I will run around, and chase imaginary monsters, and chase your feet and your toes and 'attack' you, and
    chasefuzzballs, other pets, and small kids. It is play; it's what I do.
  81. Do not be mad at me or expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day. If my high-energy level is too much for you, maybe you could consider an older rescue from a shelter or Rescue group.
  82. My play is beneficial, use your wisdom to guide me in my play with appropriate toys, and activities like chasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me. If I nip you too hard, talk to me in "dog talk", by giving a loud YELP, I will usually get the message, as this is how dogs communicate with one another.
  83. If I get to rough simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in my crate with an appropriate chew toy.
  84. hopefully you would not yell, hit, strike, kick or beat a 6-month-old human infant so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate and also very impressionable.
  85. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning to fear being hit, spanked, kicked or beaten. Instead, please guide me with encouragement, and wisdom. (For instance, if I am chewing something wrong, say, "No chew!" and hand me a toy I CAN chew) better yet, pick up ANYTHING that you do not want me to get into. I can't tell the difference between your old sock and your new sock, or an old sneaker and your $200 Nikes.
  86. I am not perfect, and I know you are not perfect either. I Love you anyway. So please, learn all you can about training, and puppy behaviors and caring for me from your Veterinarian, books on dog care and even researching on the computer!(he he)
  87. I want more than anything to love you, to be with you, and to please you. Won't you please take time to understand how I work? We are the same you and I, in that we both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort, fear, but yet we are also very different and must work to understand one another's language, body signals, wants and needs.
  88. Some day I will be a handsome dog,
  89. In the original 101 Dalmatians movie, Pongo has 72 spots, Perdita has 68 and each of the puppies has 32
  90. Years ago, rumors circulated about patches having heart complications and hence were recommmended for euthanization. This is absolutley not the case.
  91. Patched Dalmatians cannot be shown in AKC conformation classes.
  92. I can make the fence in 3 seconds, can you? always make sure the gates are closed and as safe as possible.
  93. puppys how they change... (link) when patches and marks appear and change.
  94. variations in dalmations (link).. dalmations arent all short haired spottie dogs
  95. Before taking your puppy home, make sure that he has his worming up to date and his shots and get a vet certificate with information for future shots and when they are due.
  96. Make sure also that you get his registeration papers. Very important if you are going to show or breed your dog.
  97. Preparations for taking your puppy home
    You will need to buy the following ...Collar and lead ...Non tap water and feeding bowls,...
    Toys for him to chew on,... Bedding,... Worming tablets and heart worm tablets. Ask your Vet what regular treatments are required.....Flea control. Again ask your Vet for the best product for your area....
  98. Food
    Ask your Breeder what he has been eating. and if you wish to change the diet, mix some of his regular food with the new diet for a few days to avoid him getting a tummy ache.
  99. First Nights
    A large basket is needed us puppys will grow very quickly. If you fill the basket with a blanket and some stuffed toys, i will hopefully think im still with me litter mates, will be warm and not so lonely.
  100. if I cry at night...., an alarm clock and a hot water bottle wrapped securely in a towel will help to settle me. The ticking of the alarm clock will simulate his mother's heartbeat, and of course the hot water bottle for warmth. Some people prefer a wheatpak to a hot water bottle as it is safer if i chews it. You can make your own, by sewing a tea towel in half and filling it with rice or wheat. Not too full, and then securely sewing the end of the tea towel. These paks can be heated in the microwave oven with a glass of water. NOT TOO HOT or you will BURN us PUPPYs.
  101. You will need to take his blanket with you when you pick him up from the Breeder. It is a good idea to rub the blanket over the mother to get her scent on it and this will help him feel less lonely.

    and 102..... enjoy your lifes togther.. Thankyou for taking the time out to learn about us fantastic creatures