– To be a permanent regional organization for people in Central Indiana interested in the breed.
– To serve as an educational resource for anyone with questions about the breed and to assist puppy buyers in locating reputable breeders.
– To urge members and breeders to accept the standard of the breed as approved by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as the only standard of excellence by which Dalmatians shall be judged.
– To support our parent club, the Dalmatian Club of America, in its efforts to improve the breed.
– To do all in its power to protect and advance the interests of the breed, including efforts in public education and rescue.
– To conduct specialty dog shows and obedience trials and sanctioned matches under the rules of the AKC.
We are currently considering installing an outdoor stereo system in our training area. We want to pipe in music and crowd noise to get the dogs used to the kind of sound they will experience during competition. At the moment we are looking at marine speakers on this site. Please let us know if you have any experience with audio equipment or if you have set up this kind of stereo system before. We could use your expertise in this area!
The Dalmatian is a medium-sized dog, averaging 22″ to 24″ tall at the shoulder and weighing approximately 50 – 65 pounds. He is most noted for his distinctively spotted coat, which occurs in two colors, black or a chocolate brown, properly termed as “liver”. Either color is equally correct and, therefore, simply becomes a matter of personal preference.
Originally bred as a coach dog, he is an active dog, capable of great endurance. His heritage also includes a protectiveness that extends to all of his possessions, including his family. The Dalmatian is an affectionate dog with a boisterous personality although this behavior is typically reserved for “his” people. With strangers, he presents a dignified and restrained manner until you have passed his inspection and been accepted into his fold. Some Dalmatians “smile” by baring their front teeth.
To the uninitiated, this may appear as aggressive behavior if the rest of the dog’s body language is not taken into consideration.
The Dal is a high-spirited and energetic dog and, although excellent with children, may be too much for little ones to handle. This obstacle can be overcome by obedience training for the dog and, equally important, teaching the child respect for the dog as another living creature with feelings and needs of its own.
It should be remembered that the Dal is not a kennel breed. While basically a hardy specimen, with his short coat, he is not adapted to living an outdoors existence on a permanent basis. Most importantly, he is people-oriented and will do best in a home situation. His primary concern is to be with and please his people and, therefore, usually adapts to any type of environment, from farm living to midtown apartments. Your primary concern is that he receive the exercise and attention he requires and deserves. You will be repaid one hundred fold with his love and devotion.