Firstly, I want to say that my Dalmatian pup is probably not LUA, or low uric acid. In fact, I was loath to discuss the subject with my breeder, because I had read that there was much controversy surrounding the LUA Dalmatians. After I brought my puppy home, a board member on another forum explained a LOT about these Dals (someone in the process of getting a LUA Dalmatian puppy themselves) and I was shocked by how outdated some of the information I had read online was. Hopefully someone will be able to add some info here, because I am still super curious (and thinking that my puppy may have some back-crossed Dal in her lineage, too). You've probably heard that Dals are prone to forming kidney stones. This is a really unique health issue, and truly the breed is generally healthy beyond this trait (which is why I'm somewhat baffled that Dalmatians have such a reputation as a "breed with health issues"). When I was first looking at Dalmatians, thinking that I'd love to have a companion Dalmatian someday, I found information about Dr. Schiable and his back-crossing project; basically, one GSP sire was bred with a Dal three times, to produce puppies carrying the (dominant) gene for Normal/Low Uric Acid. All subsequent generations where bred Dal-to-Dal, but the project was very controversial with breed "purists" and this is where I lost the trail of research. Little did I know, LUA Dalmatians eventually WERE accepted by the AKC in 2011! This is the more updated site that was shared with me recently. The site explains everything much better than I can, but I was wondering what everyone thought? In my mind, if it looks like a Dal, moves like a Dal, acts like a Dal...it's a Dal. That's what breed standards are there for, so I don't hold the "purity" of the dog's lines too dear. I'm also wondering if there is any talk of these LUA lines in countries other than the US where I am (I see some UK breeders listed on the LUA site, but not any other parts of the world). Also, what other health issues in other breeds could be helped by a similar effort?