Dalmatian or Doberman… we can’t choose!

Dalmatian and the Doberman Pinscher are both very loyal, obedient and energetic breeds.

Learn About Dalmatians

Dalmatians remain extremely popular family pets, due to their character, distinctive, beautiful spotted coat and loyalty.

Dalmatians have a tremendous amount of energy.  They love being active and enjoy lots of exercise and mental stimulation, as a result they exceed at a variety of canine sports. Not only do they have loving personalities but they are also known to be natural watchdogs. Although they can suffer from separation anxiety if left on their own too long.

Intelligent and easy to train, this breed also has a stubborn side.  Therefore a consistent approach with lots of patience is required.

Weight: Male 23-25 Kg, Female 23-25Kg

Height: Male 58-61 cm, Female 56-58cm

Life expectancy: 10 – 13 years

Behaviour, Needs & How to Feed

Dalmatians have bags of energy and need to be given the right amount of mental stimulation and daily exercise for them to be content, happy and well-balanced dogs. They have tremendous stamina, welcoming a walk twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the afternoon.

Dalmatians have a high risk of being born deaf and all puppies should be BAER tested before finding their homes, this will determine if they have any hearing in either ear.  This is caused by the same gene that gives them their unique colouring.

Dalmatians can’t digest Purine very well, which is found in many food groups. As a result they are at high risk of health problems from crystals that can build up in their urinary tract.

Sensitive skin means they are prone to allergies and or irritations especially in summer.

The LeanDog recipes have been formulated without grain and are free from wheat, wheat gluten, dairy, beef and soya to assist dogs with sensitivities.  To find out more about the LeanDog recipes visit Our Food

Fun Facts About Dalmatians

  • Dalmatians are born with no spots, their spots do not begin to develop until a couple of weeks of age.
  • You will not find 2 Dalmatians having the same number of spots in their coats
  • In years gone by, the Dalmatian was popular with fire departments to run ahead ensuring the way was clear for the horse drawn fire trucks.

Meet Luka the Dalmatian

“The lovable Dalmatian with a heart shaped nose and the most happy go lucky attitude imaginable!”

How Old are you Luka?

1 year old (D.O.B 11/08/2018).

Do you have a favourite game?

Fetch, although it took me a while to learn I absolutely love it now.

What is your best Memory?

This is a tough one, I would have to say meeting my best friend and partner in crime Saša.

Do you have any bad habits?

Well I would have to say according to Dad my worst habit is ignoring him and running over to say hi to ANYBODY I see when I’m off leash at the park. (We’re working on that one 😁).

What is the funniest thing you have ever done?

When I was quite young I managed to get the door to the living room open while my Dad was out! I also managed to lock myself in the living room so when nature called I had to poop all over the rug, which subsequently had to be thrown away… Ooops!!

How many times a day do you get fed?

I have two meals a day usually at around 6am & 6pm.  Although I do get lots of treats when out walking / training throughout the day.

Where is your favourite place to walk?

This is a tough one but I love to go to Temple Newsam Estate.  This is a huge park with lots of woodland tracks and open fields for me to explore.

How much do you like LeanDog?

I love LeanDog! Its the only food that doesn’t upset my tummy and Dad complains less when picking up my poop. It tastes amazing too! So far I have only tried Mighty Puppy but when I’m old enough I’m super excited to try some of the other flavours too.

What is your favourite thing to do?

Without a doubt my favourite thing to do is play! With a human or another dog I don’t mind I will play all day long and not get tired!

What has been your most favourite adventure?

This has to be when we went on our first staycation for Dads birthday in March we visited Angrove Country Park and stayed for the weekend. I got to go on lots of adventures including the beach which was lots of fun.

Life is not complete for Luka without his partner in crime Saša, the Doberman Pinscher.

Learn About Doberman Pinschers

Dobermans are loyal, devoted companions and family pets. They are great watchdogs and highly intelligent.
This breed is a perfect choice for people who lead active, outdoor lives.

Weight: Male 40-45 Kg, Female 32-35 Kg

Height: Male 68-72 cm, Female 63-68 cm

Life expectancy: 9 – 12 years

Behaviour, Needs & How to Feed

Doberman Pinscher’s are very loyal intelligent dogs that thrive when given regular training and stimulation. Requiring a minimum of two hours exercise every day, to keep them from becoming bored. They are extremely quick learners and have lots of energy. Naturally loyal and protective of their families, they do like to be with their “humans” so not happy when left alone for too long.

With regards their food, they can be quite fussy. With a lean athletic build, they require a nutrient dense high quality diet.  Bloat is a risk to their health, due to their deep chest and many vets advise to soak dry food and be sure not to feed for 30 mins before or after exercise.

Common Health Problems

Overall Dobermans are a strong healthy breed, but they are susceptible to the usual health conditions with large breeds. Such as arthritis, hip dysplasia & bloat. Due to their short coat and lean build they do not like the cold weather climates.

Sensitive skin means they are prone to allergies and or irritations especially in summer.

The LeanDog recipes have been formulated with 50% protein for the adult recipes and 60% protein for the puppy recipe. Providing a complete and balanced diet containing the necessary vitamins and minerals. Each recipe is free from  grain, wheat, wheat gluten, dairy, beef and soya to assist dogs with sensitivities.  To find out more about the LeanDog recipes visit Our Food.

Fun Facts About Doberman Pinschers

  • The exact origin of the breeds that make up the Doberman Pinscher are unknown as they where first bred by a Tax collector for protection!
  • Dobermans are highly intelligent and often used by the Police and the Armed Forces throughout the world.
  • The breed was recognised by the German Kennel Club in 1899.

Meet Saša the Doberman

How Old are you Sasa?

I was 3 in Spring 2019

Do you have a favourite game?

Tug! I’m big and strong and love to play tug of war!

What is your best Memory?

This is a tough one, I would have to say meeting my best friend and partner in crime Luka

Do you have any bad habits?

In my opinion of course not… However Mum does get quite mad when I go Squirrel Hunting at the park!

What is the funniest thing you have ever done?

I once fell sideways off a seesaw at agility training and took my human with me.

How many times a day do you get fed?

I have two meals a day usually at around 6am & 6pm although I do get lots of treats when out walking / training throughout the day.

Where is your favourite place to walk?

This is a tough one but I love to go to Temple Newsam Estate which is a huge park with lots of woodland tracks and open fields for me to explore.

How much do I like LeanDog?

I love LeanDog, I have tried several different foods and some of them make me sick and make my skin sore and itchy. Mum says I look so much healthier since I have been on LeanDog and I have had no upset tummy. VIGOUR is my favourite recipe.

What is your favourite thing to do?

Without a doubt my favourite thing to do is play, with Luka my best friend. Oh and of course chase those pesky squirrels!

What has been your most favourite adventure?

I went on a holiday to Ireland with my humans, we got to spend lots of time at the beaches and even went on a ferry!

Adventurers Together

Thank you Luka and Saša for sharing your adventures and actions caught on camera. Look forward to watching you grow Luka.

Best wishes, Roz & LeanDog gang 🐾😊

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