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Old 08-06-2004, 04:35 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by melissaschauer
Hi Emma,

I don't know if this is true or not since I'm not a dog person (unless it is a stuffed Beany Baby!), but I'll go ahead and put in my two cents. I've always heard that dalmations are extremely hard of hearing so they are not affected by the loud sirens like other dogs would be. I'll now have to do some research to find out!

Melissa
You're right, they are prone to deafness, which tends to make them unsuitable as family pets in households with young children. Little kids don't know how to behave around them, and dalmatians have a nasty bite. Also, the breed is too high-maintenance for someone who doesn't understand what they're getting into. This is why there was so much worry about impulse-buying of dalmatian puppies, and the subsequent overwhelming of animal shelters, when the live-action movies came out several years ago.
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