Dalmatian Temperament Problems

Posted on 1st September 2013 in Uncategorized
Dalmatian Temperament Problems

dalmatian temperament
There is a huge variation in temperament and behavior of pet dogs, although they share the same ancestry. Dalmatians are well known for their even temperament, but only if they are trained and socialized at an early age. The movie, Disney franchise 101 Dalmatians, created a lot of fad with the Dalmatian breed, and thus pet lovers flocked it. Unfortunately, this led to the Dalmatians finding themselves in the hands of indiscriminate breeders, and hence this resulted in Dalmatians with neurotic temperaments, including wild hyperactivity and aggression, biting and extreme stubbornness.

Temperament is the general attitude a dog displays towards people and other animals. A well-bred Dalmatian is a dream to live, but a poorly bred one can rife with several Dalmatian temperament problems. Here is a list of some Dalmatian temperament problems you should identify to ensure that your dog’s character suits your lifestyle.


Dalmatians have an independent mind set and are not pushovers to raise and train. Basically, they are not golden retrievers compared to other dogs that are capable of learning. In fact, stubbornness is considered to be the commonest Dalmatian temperament issue, particularly when it comes to training because they can be manipulative and obstinate, but it’s not always the case. Ideally, majority of Dalmatians want to be the boss and will try as much as possible to prove that you cannot make them do things your way. However, you must show your Dalmatian that you mean what you say through absolute consistency.


Be consistent
Separation anxiety

If there is one thing in Dalmatians’ temperament that most people enjoy, then it would be how affectionate they can be. A Dalmatian loves to spend time among its family members, but it will demonstrate its unhappiness through destructive behavior when kept in the back yard alone. It is true to say that separation anxiety is one of the biggest temperament issues associated with owning a Dalmatian dog. Separation anxiety Dalmatian temperament problem can be difficult to manage, but you can prevent it by teaching your Dalmatian to settle in a crate while you are out of sight.

Aggressive temperament

For the obvious reasons, aggressive Dalmatian temperament is not usually the best choice for children and family friends. In fact, Dalmatians with this problem are extremely difficult to train because they require a dominant strong leader. However, do not despair if you own such a dog, there are several things you can do to end its aggression. The best way is to provide for a proper communication with other dogs or people to prevent any attempts to fight or engage in any kind of aggressive behavior.

High energy temperament

Dalmatians need an active owner because they have plenty pent-up of energy. High energy Dalmatian temperament issue can lead to rowdiness and bounciness or even violent behavior like chewing as well as digging. This means that living with a Dalmatian with such a problem can be exceedingly difficult to train, especially if it’s not exercised. A commitment to regular exercise is not only vital to raising a healthy and happy Dalmatian, but it can also help drain pent-up energy that causes the problem of high energy temperament. For instance, you can take your Dalmatian for a walk, run, jog or roller blade for hours if you want to get the best results.


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  1. Gill February 13, 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    Hi, I have a deaf Dalmation. 2years old.
    When younger he would approach other dogs in a friendly way. They unfortunatly would growl or attack him, the usual reply from owners, they’ve not done that before. Now he goes for them before they can do it to him. I would like to stop this behaviour..
    Thanks Gill

    • admin March 11, 2015 at 10:32 pm - Reply

      Hi Gill.
      Unfortunately when this happens to a young dog this habit is very hard to break.
      I would recommend that you begin by sitting on a park bench for example where there are high dog traffic and teach your dog to sit beside you in a calm fashion when it notice other dogs. You have to notice the dogs tells when it gets excited or aggressive and break it’s focus by pulling the leash quickly.
      When your dog stops paying attention to other dogs you can move on to dog meetings. Start slow with a older calm dog that can teach your dog how to behave.
      Of course if you feel like there is a chance that your dog or the other dog could hurt eachother you should contact an expert dog trainer to help you.
      //Dalmatian Advice

  2. Brexah December 8, 2015 at 5:47 am - Reply

    I got bit by a dalmation in October on my forearm I was visiting and went downstairs to help clean up from the kids mess and the dalmation attacked me out of the blue then bit me others were calling the dog off and he was aggressively growling and snapping at the adults as well as the kids it was fearful to all of us , my niece the owner put blame on all of us when it was her dogs behavior , she is pregnant and I fear he will hurt the baby she’s due on Christmas day 2015! What do you think or suggest?please comment!

  3. Sue May 14, 2016 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    My husband and I have a deaf rottie that has mastered several levels of obedience by learning hand signs. He recently brought home a deaf Dalmatian puppy who we have been excited to work with since our other deaf dog is such a pleasure. Our puppy is now 10 weeks old and even at 6 weeks she has shown aggressive behavior, very stubborn, very vocal, biting. I have been surprised that she has such an attitude at such a young age. Is it possible she will grow out of this and can learn some manners or should I expect this to persist?

  4. Alf Shufflebotham September 21, 2016 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    I would have the dog put to sleep ASAP for everyone’s sakes. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind
    But where would he end up, and what type of owners, if he was rehomed? Dalmatians that are interbred ( even the full pedigrees)! Have anti social behavioural traits that cannot be resolved.

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