Selecting a Breeder!

You have decided that you want a Dalmatian you will need to start contacting reputable breeders. NEVER buy from a pet shop or commercial breeder. A reputable hobby breeder is your best option for purchasing a healthy, well-adjusted Dalmatian puppy who will be a welcome addition to your family. Never buy on impulse. The puppy will be a part of your family for 12-14 years. This is not a decision to be made in haste.

Be wary of anyone selling DalmatiOns. A reputable breeder would certainly know the correct spelling is DalmatiAns. Look for a breeder who has demonstrated a long-term commitment to the breed. A reputable breeder is usually highly involved in dog activities like showing, obedience, agility. Look for membership of the Dalmatian Club of Victoria or a local all-breed or obedience club. An experienced breeder will act as your mentor and will be there to guide you throughout the life of the dog. A commercial or backyard breeder is through with you as soon as your check clears.

A reputable breeder will interview you at length to be certain you are a good candidate for ownership of a Dalmatian. The breeder will point out the good points as well as the bad points of the breed. In fact, breeders frequently emphasize the bad points so there is no doubt the prospective owner is well versed on the negative aspects of Dalmatian ownership. The breeder will explain why she did this particular breeding, that is, what strengths each parent brought to the breeding. The breeder will want to be certain you are willing to make a lifetime commitment to providing care for this puppy. As you talk to the breeder you should get the feeling that this person is very experienced and very knowledgeable.

Ask about the parents' show records. If you are considering buying a show puppy it should come from show parents. Beware of breeders who advertise show quality puppies but do not show dogs. Inquire about other dogs in the pedigree. A reputable breeder will be able to give you chapter and verse about the puppies' parents, grandparents, and even great-grandparents. A reputable breeder will not sell or giveaway a deaf puppy. The puppies should be at least 8 weeks old and weaned from the mother. The puppies should have had preliminary puppy vaccinations and the breeder will be able to give you the vaccination certificate from the vet.

A reputable breeder will require you to take the puppy to a puppy socialisation class or basic obedience class or both. The breeder will be able to offer you suggestions about choosing a class or instructor and will give you tips or written instruction about early training. Be observant when you go to see the puppies. Are the puppies clean and healthy looking? Are they friendly and inquisitive? Is the dam friendly and nice-looking? If the sire is there, is he friendly and nice-looking? Frequently the sire will not be available. A reputable breeder may use a stud dog in another state or even another country if that is the best match. Is there evidence of the breeder's involvement in shows such as pictures of wins, title certificates sashes, etc. What kind of relationship does the breeder seem to have with the dogs? Are all the dogs kept in clean quarters? How many litters does the breeder have per year? It is unusual for a truly responsible breeder to have more than one or two litters per year.

The breeder will require that pet quality puppies be spayed or neutered. A reputable breeder will give you a supply of the puppys food, a four or five generation pedigree, health records, a list of necessary supplies, and written instructions on caring for the puppy. Some breeders include pictures of the litter and pictures of both parents. You will probably get a call every few days for the first couple of weeks to be sure everything is going well. Reputable breeders will encourage you to contact them if you have problems or questions.