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Dalmatian Genocide to Come? New Cruella Movie Threatens the Future of Man's Best Friend

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Malinda Fusco
Malinda Fusco
 18 days ago
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Have you ever seen a movie and left the theatre inspired to try a new hobby, become a superhero, or even just get a new pet? You're not the only one. After the re-release of 101 Dalmatians, thousands of people ran out to buy the adorable spotted dogs. Little did they know, they were contributing to a massive Dalmatian genocide, and the second wave is yet to come.

This article takes a look at what happened the last time Americans were inspired to mass buy Dalmatians, why Dalmatians aren't for everyone, and how you can help!

101 Dalmatians Inspired Genocide
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Back in the 1900s, when the remake of 101 Dalmatians (a truly beloved film) was released, Americans left theatres inspired. The adorable dogs seemed like the perfect pet! The number of Dalmatians purchased skyrocketed. One year, the American Kennel Club reported an increase from the average annual 8,170 dogs to 42,816.

However, in 1993, the number of Dalmatian owners took a sharp turn in the opposite direction. According to Schatzie Speaks, this sudden decline was absolutely unprecedented.

"Equally as impressive as their initial surge, Dalmatians now showed the most abrupt decline of registrations of any breed in AKC history."

Sadly, as the demands of being a Dalmatian owner set in and owning a Dalmatian became less of a hot topic, owners got rid of their pets, tossing them in overpopulated shelters...

History repeated itself when the live-action remake of 101 Dalmatians was released. And now that Cruella is out, people fear that another Dalmatian genocide is upon us.

They May Be Cute, but Dalmatians Aren't a Breed for Everyone
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Despite being super adorable, Dalmatians aren't a dog breed for the average owner. They are affectionate, yes, but their high energy has some demands of its own. According to Dog Time, they need lots of exercise opportunities.

In addition to needing a lot of exercise, they also require special diets to prevent hereditary diseases and health issues. They aren't good dogs if you have a small space or apartment, and they shed a lot. Dog Time rates them as a 5/5, meaning they shed more than most breeds.
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The good news is, you can help.

How Can We Help Protect Dalmatians?
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Owning any pet is a huge responsibility and commitment. If you know of someone who is looking to get a Dalmatian, perhaps discuss the following things with them:

  • Are they looking to provide a "furever" home and commit to taking care of a dog throughout its lifespan?
  • Do they have enough space, time, and resources to properly care for a Dalmatian?
  • Adopt, don't shop.
  • Spread awareness of the past times, people, mass bought Dalmatian.
  • Ask them why they want a Dalmatian specifically. Is it to follow a trend or for another reason?