Deafness is the most common health problem within the Dalmatian breed.
Dalmatians can also be prone to:
- Hip dysplasia
- Urate stones which are a particular type of bladder stone made up of uric acid. Dalmatians are often not able to process this substance which result in a build up of uric acid deposits in the bladder and sometimes the kidneys.
- Epilepsy¹ which is a condition where abnormal brain function can lead to seizures which damage the brain.
- Atopy where the skin reacts to allergens in the environment and becomes sore and itchy.
Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing:
- Hearing testing (BAER programme)
¹ C. Rusbridge, 'Canine idiopathic epilepsy', May 2016, Veterinary Ireland Journal.