The Energetic and Enthusiastic Dalmatian Temperament
If you have never owned a dog before, then the Dalmatian temperament is likely to suit you very well.
This distinctive looking working dog used to run alongside the horses and carriages of the 19th century, to deter attacks from robbers and highwaymen. He has outstanding endurance, and a need for lots of exercise.
His love of people means he makes friends with everyone, but be careful – he is quite exuberant and may well knock you over. Keep an eye on your dog around small children as they may inadvertently get hurt.
An appealing part of the Dalmatian temperament is his ability to smile. He will wag his tail while baring his teeth, and it can look quite frightening until you get used to it.
Living With the High Energy Dog Temperament
This dog needs an active owner. He rarely becomes tired out, and always seems to have plenty of energy. I think the Dalmatian is a great breed for a runner or jogger, as their dog can accompany them on all their training runs.
Insufficient exercise will have an adverse effect on your dog's temperament. He will become rowdy, and frequently jump up on you. His boredom will lead to destructive behavior, such as digging and chewing.
Although this breed is generally a good choice for a novice dog owner, he will be much more difficult if not exercised. Anybody who welcomes a Dalmatian into their home must be prepared to run, walk, jog or roller-blade for hours.
Your Dog, Your Best Friend
One thing that people enjoy most about this dog's temperament is how affectionate he is. He just loves to spend time amongst his family members, and will cheerfully cuddle up on the couch with you. If your Dalmatian is kept in the back yard and not given the opportunity to share your life, he will bark, dig or chew to express his unhappiness.
One of the disadvantages of owning a dog that is so attached to his owner is the increased risk of separation anxiety. To prevent this, train your Dalmatian from a young age, and teach him to settle in a crate while you are out of sight. Give him toys and Nylabones to gnaw on and this can keep him occupied while you are away. Anxious dog temperaments can be difficult to manage, and an animal with this tendency is a lot of work for his owner.
Why You Must Train Your Dalmatian
An intelligent dog temperament like that of the Dalmatian needs regular mental stimulation. Your four legged family member is very clever, and is quick to learn. With regular obedience training, he will become a well behaved and easy to live with member of your family. He will thrive on agility and fly ball training to give him the opportunity to learn new tricks. He will then be less likely to come up with his own entertainment.
Training will also help you to control his boisterous nature, and prevent him bowling people over with affection.
You will need to be fair and consistent when training your Dalmatian. He is an independent thinker and can be difficult to train. Positive training methods work best with this dog's temperament. He will respond particularly well to clicker training and food rewards.
Beware of the Unstable Dalmatian Temperament
If you have seen the movie, “101 Dalmatians”, you'll have seen all of those gorgeous spotted puppies. Unfortunately, unscrupulous people decided to take advantage of the sudden increase in the Dalmatian's popularity, and breed dogs purely as an income source. They didn't evaluate any dog temperament before mating them, and they allowed poorly behaved dogs to reproduce.
The result was Dalmatians that were hyperactive and aggressive, and extremely stubborn. Before you choose your new puppy, do your homework and don't just look at the physical aspects of the parents. Make sure they have a sound temperament, and your dog will be a delight to own.
I believe that the Dalmatian is an ideal breed of dog for most people, providing you can exercise him enough and you are prepared to put the time into training him. If you can do this, then the cheery and outgoing Dalmatian temperament will bring your family much joy.
Other Non-Sporting Dogs
The Dalmatian belongs to the Non-Sporting Group. The breeds in this group are all over the spectrum when it comes to appearance, and their temperaments are equally diverse. Take a look at the following temperaments of other memebers of this group to get a feel for their personalities.
- French Bulldog temperament
- Lhasa Apso temperament
- Boston Terrier temperament
- Bichon Frise temperament
- Chow Chow temperament
- Bulldog temperament