Dalmatians were bred to run and therefore have a vast amount of stamina and energy. They do not like to just sit around all day with nothing to do. They are playful, happy, sensitive and loyal. The Dalmatian needs a lot of leadership along with human companionship in order to be happy. For this reason they do not make good yard dogs. The Dalmatian enjoys children, but if they do not receive enough mental and physical exercise they may become too hyper for kids.
They get along well with other pets, but without proper human to dog alpha communication where the human clearly tells the dog that he is not in charge and fighting is an unwanted behavior, they may become aggressive with strange dogs. Without enough exercise and mental stimulation, they will become high-strung, and can be timid without enough socialization. Quite intelligent, but can be willful if they sense their owners are in the slightest bit meek or passive, and or if the owner is not properly communicating with the dog. Generally does well with firm, consistent training.
The Dalmatian is highly trainable. They can be trained for defense and are good watchdogs. Dalmatians often have large litters, sometimes over ten pups. Half the people who adopt a Dalmatian puppy do not keep them past the first year. Dalmatian puppies are super energetic, and need a lot of leadership and exercise. If you do not give them what they instinctively need, daily walks where the dog is made to heel beside or behind the human, never in front of the person holding the lead, and very stern, but not harsh leadership they will make a wonderful pet and will calm down after a few years.
People who keep them long enough to get past their active stage will be very pleased. If you are thinking about adopting a Dalmatian puppy be sure you have the time, are authority driven and have the energy for them. If you cannot provide this for them they will become very high strung, hard to manage and destructive. If you are a very active person who has the time, and knows what it means to be a pack leader then a Dalmatian may be right for you.