Once upon a time, a Disney film called “101 Dalmatians” was released in the early 90’s, and it triggered the demand of these black and white spotted dogs. Kids nagged their parents to buy them one. Sure enough, the parents gave in, and were said to be “in total panic to acquire these puppies,” according to an article by Mireya Navarro on the New York Times.
What makes these dogs special, aside from their spots, of course? Let’s get to know more about these dogs.
The Dalmatian is a medium-sized dog with a sleek, muscular body and a graceful appeal. Males reach around 23 inches tall, while females reach about 22 inches. They weigh an average of 45 to 60 pounds (or 20 to 27 kilograms). They live an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years.…show more content… However, most families may have figured out that the Dalmatians they bought as presents for their kids were not in line with the dog’s high energy and excessive shedding plus the effects of overbreeding which resulted in genetic defects such as deafness and urinary tract issues, that may have caused the surge in abandoned dogs.
Leslie Isom, a spokeswoman with the Humane Society of the United States, said it was “exactly what [they] had feared.” She adds, “ ''What we're trying to get across is that Dalmatians require a tremendous amount of time and energy and these are things that a family with small children may not