I buy a Puppy or an Adult?
thinking about obtaining a new dog, most people
immediately think "puppy" without fully
realising the work load and requirements. Mature
Dallies often make extremely good pets, may come
already trained and be easier to care for. There
are good sound arguments for and against both considerations.
It is a matter of personal choice as there is a
lot that needs to be taken into account.
or "Show" quality - what's the difference?
is important to consider the future activities you
intend to share with your new family member - this
can impact on the qualities you need to look for.
If you intend to show or breed from your Dally,
discuss these requirements carefully with your intended
supplier. If you are unsure about the different
requirements for these activities, ASK.
gain the title of Australian Champion, show dogs
need to conform and be judged against a Breed Standard.
Breeders evaluate each puppy as future prospective
Champions. Pups that the breeder consider have potential
for showing and breeding are registered with the
Royal NSW Canine Council (RNSWCC) on the "Main
quality pups are generally those which for some
reason do not meet the exacting requirements of
the Breed Standard. They still make great Pets!
These pups are registered with the RNSWCC on the
"Limited Register". They are not registered
for showing or breeding but should you wish to compete
in obedience, agility, tracking or endurance trials,
the dog is registered for these activities.
Can I Buy A Dalmatian?
with all domestic pets there are a variety of potential
suppliers. Each supplier has different reasons for
wanting to sell you a pet, and different levels of
service and expertise can be expected.
a list of club members who may have puppies available,
visit our Puppy Register
buying from a RNSWCC Registered Breeder you are
able to find out more about the background of your
puppy and chances are that you will receive better
service and support than that which could be expected
from other sources.
visiting a breeder ask to meet the pup's mother and
any other dogs owned by the breeder, this will allow
you to check their temperament and well being. Experienced
and responsible breeders will check their pups for
deafness (a hereditary defect that sometimes occurs
in Dalmatians). These breeders, through their membership
of breed clubs and the RNSWCC, adhere to a "Code
of Ethics", which places responsibility upon
them to ensure that puppies are of sound quality and
released to new owners with Pedigree, Vaccination
Certificate, dietary and care information, details
of when your puppy was wormed and treatment used.
By law, breeders must Microchip all puppies prior
to releasing them to their new owners.
list of Registered Breeders can be found on the RNSWCC
Website at: http://www.rnswcc.org.au
Dalmatian Club of NSW Inc Welfare Service:
over 25 years the Club has run a "Rescue" (or as it is now called Welfare)
service which lists dogs looking for new homes.
These dogs may have been abandoned or whose current
owners, for a variety of reasons, are unable to
keep the dog. Welfare dogs come in all shapes and
sizes; male and female, puppies through to mature
adults; some trained, some not, but all have a lot
of love to give. In many cases a background history
of the dog is available.
Council Pounds and Animal Shelters:
RSPCA purchase price includes microchipping, current
vaccination, desexing and for animals over 6 months
of age, heartworm testing. Council pounds vary in
cost and service provided. Do not expect Pedigree
Registration Certificates to be supplied and it
is unlikely that any information will be available
on the dog's background. Animal Shelters endeavour
to give dogs individual care and some take considerable
effort to assess the dog's temperament and personality
and level of obedience.
remain in business these establishments must keep
an eye on profitability. Prices for a puppy are
often higher than if purchased through a RNSWCC
Breeder. Pups are not usually tested for deafness.
Always ask the Pet Shop for a Vet's Certificate
confirming vaccination for Parvovirus, Hepatitis
and Canine Distemper. Pups must be Microchipped
prior to being sold.
with all transactions, puppy buying is a case of
Dalmatian Club of NSW Inc strongly recommends serious
consideration be given to purchasing your puppy
from a RNSWCC Registered Breeder and member of The
Dalmatian Club of NSW Inc.
your pet needs carefully, ask lots of questions,
listen carefully to the answers and be patient.
not expect to get what you want immediately. Plan
ahead. Breeders generally have a rough idea of when
pups will be available.
not be surprised if you are asked for a deposit
to secure your purchase, but make sure you have
in writing that the full deposit will be refunded
if the breeder's unable to supply a puppy to you
from the intended litter.
vary between breeders and puppies. Be wary of any
breeder that sells ridiculously cheap pups.
do not be surprised if YOU get asked a lot of questions
by the breeder. Responsible breeders always seek
the best possible homes for their puppies to ensure
everybody has a happy and enjoyable time together.
Listed below are several articles which may help you in your decision on buying a Dalmatian.
Looking for a Puppy?
Are you Ready to bring a New Puppy Home?
The Dalmatian - from the RNSWCC Canine Journal