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This section will contain the most frequent question asked by our junior handlers, if you don't see an answer to a question you want answered then please feel free to contact us.

Q: Should you show a 6month old Dalmatian Puppy?

A: This is a difficult question to answer, due to it depending on how developed the handler is. Myself (17) used a 6 month old puppy to win the title of UK Junior Handler of the Year. However I had spent 4 years working and practicing with other Dalmatians I owned. So when Ii used a puppy I knew how to show it and control it. If it was somebody new to the breed and very young Ii would suggest using a veteran or older dog which is well schooled so you can learn the basics. After this I would then learn to teach the dog (possibly a puppy) how to do the patterns and show their teeth.

Q: Should you show in the breed?

A: I would say YES! From personally starting off in the breed, it taught me the basics of being in a breed ring and showing my dogs virtues to a judge. You will notice the difference when standing in a breed ring and a Junior Handling ring how showing changes. The breed is judged solely on your dog where as the handling is judged on your ability to show the dog off and get the best out of it.

Q: Where do I start when showing a Dalmatian?

A: The best thing to do is sit ring side and watch some of the top people. Do some research into the top breeders and top handlers of the breed. Then talk to them about how to show and ask them for advice. I have never known anyone say no to giving advice so don't feel scared. Remember everyone is there for a hobby we all love.