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We sell our puppies at a fair price. Often times when buying a "bargain price" puppy, you are getting what you pay for. Most cheap puppies are raised in kennels, and not given the daily, personal attention we give our puppies. Some kennels are nice. Many are not. Pay close attention to pictures that are posted. Cheap puppies often are soiled and dirty, or the area behind the puppies in the pictures are unkempt. The puppies also usually don't look too happy or look nervous and scared because they receive little or no attention and socialization until you "rescue them".
We raise our puppies in our home and handle them daily from birth. They are part of our family, and are treated as such. You will receive a happy, healthy, well adjusted and socialized puppy who looks to you for love from the beginning. It will be BAER hearing tested, received its first set of preventative vaccinations and wormings, come with a written health guarantee, food, Nu Vet vitamins, treats, and a toy that smells like home to easy his or her transition into your home. Most importantly, you will have 24/7 customer support from us with question and concerns you might have with your new family member.
We breed our dalmatians to the AKC standards. Most dalmatians weigh between 40 and 65 pounds, and stand 23-24 inches at the shoulder.
This is entirely a personal choice. When spayed or neutered at an young age (about 6 months), the differences between the sexes is minimal. Males tend to be a bit bigger. Both can be very cuddly and loving. Both are active dogs. I believe your puppy should be picked for how its personality traits will mesh with those in your home, rather than by its sex or spot pattern.
1) The top reason to spay or neuter is to avoid unwanted pregnancies and litters. While it seems that everyone loves puppies, not everyone is willing to take on the responsibility of an unplanned litter, or the death of their pet if something goes wrong. Having puppies is expensive, hard work, and sometimes heart breaking.
2) Your female dog will live a longer, healthier life. Dog spaying before her first heatalmost 100% eliminates your female dog's chances of uterine infections and breast cancer. Breast cancer is fatal in about 50% of unspayed female dogs.
3) Your female will never go into heat, avoiding having to clean up blood stains on your furniture and carpeting.
4) By spaying your female dog you avoid having the neighborhood stray male dogs hanging out around your home while your female is in heat.
5) Your male dog will also benefit from neutering. If neutering is completed before 6 months of age, you greatly reduce your dog's risk of testicular cancer and a variety of prostate problems.
6) Neutering will lessen a male dog's urge to roam. While some breeds are known for their wandering nature, neutering will lessen that urge and prevent injury from car accidents or fights with other dogs, and costly tickets from having your pets at large.
7) Neutering promotes better behavior in male dogs. An intact male dog still has the urge to mount and mark his territory. Once neutered, these desires are greatly reduced, if not eliminated.
Dog spaying/neutering is cost effective. While spaying or neutering can be costly, it is not nearly as expensive as caring for an expectant female and the puppies that later arrive. Many cities and counties also have reduced licensing fees for dogs that are neutered.
9) Neutering does not make your dog fat. Many people use the excuse that spaying or neutering their dog will make them fat. Too much food and not enough exercise is what makes your dog fat. So long as you monitor your dog's food intake and ensure proper exercise, they should maintain a healthy body weight.
Depends. Dalmatians have a long history of living closely with people as family pets and guardians. They are well suited to active people and lifestyles, and can be great additions to families with children, as long as a few considerations are taken. Dogs brought into your home as family pets should be out going & well socialized, not shy or scared. Timidity even in a puppy can quickly turn into aggression, especially when confronted with a fast moving child intent on playing with "doggy". Children in the home should also be monitored, and taught from the time your new pet arrives how to be respectful of the pets space and belongings. If both the dalmatian and the child are raised in a loving and nurturing environment, with appropriate discipline, dalmatians and children are a perfect fit.
Dalmatians as a bred have a higher incidence of congenital deafness than many other dogs. Puppies of all breeds are born deaf, and their ear canals open so they can hear around the time they are 3 weeks old. Deafness is the dalmatian should not be confused with becoming hard of hearing with age. They are either born deaf, or they are not. Puppies are usually BAER tested at about 6 weeks of age to determine their hearing status. Because you can't ask a puppy to raise his/her paw when they hear a tone, this test shows how the brainstem reacts when sound is passed across the auditory nerves. Puppies can be Bi-Lateral (normal hearing in both ears) hearing, Bi-Lateral deaf (hears nothing), or Uni-Lateral hearing (hearing out of only one ear). As pets, there is no difference between Bi-lateral and Uni-lateral hearing dogs, and without testing you usually can't tell the difference. Completely Deaf dogs do present dificulties, and are a point of contention among dalmatian breeders. Members of th DCA or Dalmatian Club of America are required to kill any puppy found to be deaf. They feel that they cannot be trained, and are dangerous to be around because they might become startled and bite. We are not members of DCA because of this. All of our adults have been tested and were found to be Bi-Lateral Hearing. While this does not guarantee that we will never produce "uni" or deaf puppies, it does lower the possibility. To date, all of our puppies that have been tested have been bi-lateral hearing.
Just like a newborn child, puppies need food, water, a warm place to sleep plus lots of love. Commercial and raw food diets can leave big gaps in their nutrition. A quality nutrient supplement will provide essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and enzymes crucial for developing pets. The first two years of a puppy's life are critical for building a strong immune system, bones and organs. Using this product can help prevent free radicals which can cause cancerand many other ailments, and when used long term can keep your dalmatian with you longer. We both use, and reccommend Nu Vet. More information is available on our page labled Nu Vet Vitamins.
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YES they are. If there is any color on a newborn dalmatian, it is considered a patch, and is considered a fault, or undesirable. Dogs with patches are not allowed in the conformation show ring. Patches do not harm the puppy, and in fact the extra character given by the patch often makes those puppies the first chosen.
I get asked this question alot. Especially when its cold out. Personally, I believe that if you are ready for the responsibility of puppy ownership, both the time and money involved, anytime can be good. For housebreaking purposes, I actually like to get a pup when its cold. Sure its a bit inconvienient for me, having to put on boots or shoes and a coat, and sure the pup looks so sad when it shivers, BUT.... Once he/she figures out that you are taking out to potty, he/she also learns how to go and get back inside quick where its warm. Not chasing butterflies or eating dandelions or watching the clouds and birds over head. Pee, poop and done.