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                DALMATIAN FACTS


                                         





                                       This Spotted dog has been loved by many for years.
                                      It is believed that this breed came from Dalmatia
                  in Croatia many years ago.


                                           Dalmatians were used as "war dogs" and some have
                           been used as "bird dogs"..
                              Some believe that their roots stem back
                                  to the Pointer Breed.. Though most are
                                Companion dogs now,Many spotted Dals
                                          could be seen running along side coaches in earlier years..


                            They are a Strong, Muscular, Very Active Breed
                                      with a beautiful spotted coat that can range in colors..
                      The AKC Standard is Black and White,
                  and Liver(brown) and White..
          But there are  Blues,
                    Lemons(light brown or yellow) also..


                                        Dalmatian puppies are born Pure White,
                                   and start getting their spots in a couple
                        of weeks..
                       Deafness is a problem in this Breed,
                       as with other white dogs or cats..
                       A repututable breeder will test
                       the hearing before breeding
                        and each puppy in the litter
                   after it is born..


                             The dalmatian is the only breed
                          with the inabilty to process Protein properly
                               in its diet, this can lead to bladder stones
                       that can be life threating..
                       A low purine/protein diet is
                  a must for a dalmatian..
                        with ample drinking water
                        and timely potty breaks..


                             Some foods high in Purine to Avoid:
                         Liver, Sardines, Scallops,
                             Beef, Kidney, Game Meats..


                 Some Low Purine Foods:
                      Pasta, eggs, poultry,cheese..


                                Straining to urinate is a sign of trouble,
                         Seek medical advise quickly..


                              Although Dals hair is Short,
                                 they are year round shedders..
                                   Freequent brushing helps with this..


                                        These Spotted dogs are the original
                    "velcro dog"
                              as they love their companions
                                    and "Stick" by them  at all times..
                                   A dalmatian Needs companionship..
                                 They are NOT a "Tie Outside Dog"..
                            No dog should be !!


                       A dalmatian will never
                     grow tired of play..
                    Is Always hungry..
                         Will love you unconditionally..
                     Will be your protector..
                     Your Faithful Companion..
                  Your Loyal Friend..
                             and a SPOTTED CLOWN......





                                          





                 My Spotted Clowns


                               
                               Domi



                                            
                                          Abbey




                                                
                                                  Domi With McGwire Checking him out !





                                                      




                                      The Dalmatian is similar in type to the pointer .
                                He is muscular, active and strong.
                              Many Dals show their sporting background
                  in their love of the chase.
                     Most are excellent varmint dogs,
                              and some are outstanding water retrievers.
                     Many have very good noses
                        and can flush game birds,
                   and some will point.......




                           





                                                 







                         If you are considering making
                     one of these spotted clowns
                  part of your family,
                          PLEASE do all your research,
                      and
                         make sure this is the breed for you !