Realistic, but gets boring after awhile. I'd prefer my own real dog.
Nintendogs Dalmatians was given to me free when I bought my DS. I have heard so much about it and was really excited to play it. But after trying it, I found it to be no more than a better graphics and sound version of Tamagochi electronic pets.
No doubt it makes good use of the DS features and teaches children to be responsible in the electronic way of keeping a pet, but for adults like us, I guess I'd much rather whistle and play and train my own real life dog. But still, good graphics and one of the best inventions for the DS. I quite like the competitions part although my electronic dog never quite made it. ha ha.. :)