Name of Kennel / Prefix / Affix:
What age were you and how did you become involved in the world of Dogs?
I have been involved in dogs all my life; I grew up with Border Collies who were rescue dogs which we kept as pets. Dogs have always been my main interest in life. When I was 7 my mother Mairin bought me my first show dog, Rascal, a Shetland Sheepdog, who’s name contributed to what we would eventually register our affix in 2011, ‘Lacsar’, the reverse spelling on Rascal.
What Breeds of Dogs have you had over the years?
As my mother grew up her family always had Jack Russell Terriers. Before I was born she became interested in Border Collies which I grew up with until I first saw a Shetland Sheepdog at Crufts 2006. We have also owned a few dogs of various breeds such as a Shih Tzus and Cocker Spaniel before finally settling on the breeds we now own, Dalmatians and Japanese Shiba Inu, and I can’t see that changing any time soon as they are both breeds which are very close to my heart.
What Breeds of Dogs have you got now?
Currently we own Japanese Shiba Inus, Dalmatians and Rascal, my old Sheltie.
What would you consider to be your main Breed and the one people associate you with?
Currently I think I’m mostly associated with Shiba Inu as they are the breed I have been most successful within the show-ring and in junior handling although I am hoping that in not too long I can be associated with Dalmatians as they are a breed I hope to become more closely involved in.
What attracted you to this breed?
Unlike many, what attracted me to this breed wasn’t the spots! I have always admired dogs which show obvious elegance. I admire the Dalmatians outgoing, happy and friendly temperaments.
What advice would you offer to anybody that is interested in becoming an owner of this breed?
They are a wonderful breed to live with. But if you don’t want short white hair all over your house you may need to think again. If you are willing to put in the time and effort into your dog to train and exercise it daily, he will repay you with incredible amounts of love and affection.
If you are interested in buying a puppy or maybe rehoming an older dog you can get in contact with the All Ireland Dalmatian Club who do outstanding work for the welfare of the breed throughout the country. This way you can be put in contact with a reputable breeder who will do all they can to ensure you find the perfect dog for you and your lifestyle.
Does the Breed have any specific requirements by way of exercise & grooming?
The Dalmatian is a large energetic breed. They need daily exercise and become obstructive and hyper if they don’t receive as much as they need. When they are young, especially, they require a lot of training, to ensure they respect that you are the boss. They can be very strong, males especially, and lead and general obedience training are essential.
Does the Breed have any specific health tests that should be done before a Dog or bitch is used at stud or bred from?
Although there are no mandatory tests in Ireland, BAER hearing tests, Uric acid tests and hip scoring are highly recommended if available. Always ensure to consult your vet before buying a puppy regarding its health and temperament.
Finally, how would you some up the characteristics of this breed and what type of household would they best be suited too?
Dalmatians are best suited to homes where they have space to run around. They thrive on attention. Like all dogs, they should never be left alone with young children, although they very rarely show aggression, they are very strong dogs. They are a loyal loving breed and if they receive the care they need they make the perfect family or one person dog!
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