When you decide to bring a dog into your home, it is a lifetime commitment, which in the case of the Dalmatian can be as long as 15 or 16 years. On average, the Dalmatian has a life expectancy of 11 to 13 years. You should make certain that the Dalmatian's personality and requirements suit you and your family.
Dalmatians are medium-sized, smooth-coated dogs that above all want to be with their people. They are active dogs requiring appropriate exercise and training. Their short coats shed year round and leaves them sensitive to extremes in temperature. This and their people-oriented temperament make them bad candidates to be left outside in the yard.
See "The Red Book", the Dalmatian Club of America's informational brochure, for more details on the Dalmatian personality, frequently asked questions, how to choose a breeder and a Dalmatian training and socialization.