Margaret and Ralph Schools started the Hapi-Dal line in the early 1950’s with a dog named Tige (Ch. El-Tross Bluffer) in Garden Grove, California. He was tightly line bred and they blended El-Tross with Blackpool to begin the foundation of Hapi-Dal.
Left: “Tige”, Ch El-Tross Bluffer. Right: Margaret & Ralph Schools, Jerry Wilson, and Ch. Hapi-Dal Jim Dandy (official mascot for the Santa Ana Fire Dept late 70’s).
In the early 1970’s our family bought our first Dalmatian from Margaret and Ralph and we enjoyed breeding many champions, specialty winners, best in show winners, and some of the top obedience Dalmatians of all time together. In the 80’s, we formed great friendships and breeding partners in Benito & Teresita Vila (Montjuic Dalmatians) and Beverley Rutherford (Hidden Oaks Dalmatians). We still consider each of these people a part of our family and tremendous friends. You’ll notice that several of the dogs on our website are owned, co-owned, bred or co-bred by or with Montjuic and Hidden Oaks Dalmatians. We moved to Colorado in 1989 and continue to breed top quality Dalmatians. Focusing on line breeding, we have consistently produced dogs with sound temperaments that are intelligent, healthy and conform to the Standard. To date, Hapi-Dal has over 50 homebred champions. Dalmatians in Colorado.
Kristy Wilson, Susie Wilson-Carroll (1950-2010) and Diana Wilson