About the Project
Dalmatian Heritage Project began as an effort to increase the population of Dalmatians that come from a remarkable bloodline that was developed in the 1970s by Robert Schaible, PhD. Dr. Schaible’s line produces the only Dalmatians in the world today that are free of a metabolic defect that can lead to urinary tract problems.
For many years, Dr. Schaible's line was considered to be controversial because it began with a breeding of one Pointer to one Dalmatian. That breeding had to be done because the gene for normal uric acid metabolism was missing in all known Dalmatians. The only way to get the normal gene back into the Dalmatian breed was to get it from another breed.
From 2005 to 2011 the Dalmatians Heritage Project petitioned the Dalmatian Club of America and the American Kennel Club in hopes of convincing them to accept descendants of Dr Schaible's line as purebred Dalmatians.
As of 2011 the AKC began registering these Dalmatians. Since them more and more breeders are incorporating them into their breeding programs.
Our continuing goal is to encourage the increase the population of Dalmatians that have normal uric acid metabolism, have normal hearing and are friendly, outgoing and sensible..