One Hundred and One Dalmatians is an undeniable classic! It’s a sweet, fun-to-watch Disney animation perfect for any dog lover or quite frankly, anyone looking for a delightful family-friendly movie! It’s full of adventure, hilarious characters, narrow escapes, adorable puppies and one of the most iconic antagonists in movie history; Cruella De Vil. If you haven’t seen this one, we highly recommend it. Especially with the new film Cruella starring Emma Stone detailing Cruella De Vil’s life as a young fashion designer due to be released in 2021. While the filmmakers behind this new flick are focused on the events that came before the plot of One Hundred and One Dalmatians, it’s fascinating to ponder what happens after the movie ends.
Stop reading now if you don’t want to know what happens at the end of the movie… although it’s not much of a surprise considering it's is a Disney flick.
The ending is portrayed as a ‘happy’ one where Roger and Anita Radcliffe, the human husband and wife protagonists of the story, save all of the Dalmatian puppies and agree to adopt every last one and move to a farm where they can all live happily ever after. However, for any competent dog owner this conclusion inspires dread and anxiety as opposed to the satisfaction of a story wrapped up in a neat little bow. If you think about this ending for a minute, one thing becomes quite clear. No matter how successful Roger’s jingle-writing career is, and no matter how well Anita’s design career goes, they are still taking responsibility for 101 Dalmatians! The reality of caring for 101 dogs is nearly unimaginable. We tried our best though and put together a simple breakdown covering the basic costs needed to keep that many critters on one farm.
Keep in mind all of the following stats are based on these metrics for an average adult Dalmatian:
According to PETMD a dog that’s about 60 pounds will need about 3 cups of food per day. Assuming that 4 cups of food equals 1 pound, and all 101 Dalmatians will each eat 3 cups of food per day, they’ll need a total of 75.75 pounds of food per day. If we expand that to a full year by multiplying the daily amount of food (75.75 pounds) by 365 days we get 27,740 pounds of food per year or 13.47 tons. The cost per pound of mid-level quality dog food brands seems to lie somewhere around $1 per pound. There are a few brands that go below 50 cents per pound but reading those ingredient lists made us fear that if we went with those brands, we wouldn’t be feeding 101 Dalmatians for very long. If we assume that the cost will work out to $1 per pound of dog food that’s an easy conversion of $27,740 spent on dog food per year.
This depends on the quality of the treat and also the amount. If we’re going with a very generic and inexpensive option like Milkbones and we give each dog 1 treat per day, that ends up being a total of 36,865 treats per year. If each $10 box of Milkbones has 10 lbs of treats and each box contains approximately 100 treats, that’d add up to 369 boxes or 3,690 pounds of treats per year which would cost a total of $3,960. But who would give their dog only 1 treat a day? You’d likely have to double this at the very least; a total of $7,920. And if you want to spoil your dog with something like Greenies, it’s a different picture entirely. A value box of Greenies is $25 for 36 treats which is $0.69 per treat. If you gave each of the Dalmatians 2 Greenies a week that comes out to 10,504 treats and an extra $7,247 per year.
Coverage isn’t cheap but thankfully this isn't a 100% necessary expense. Pet insurance is a great idea especially for dogs in their later years but considering we're dealing with young spry pups we might not need pet insurance to start out with. It's worth doing the math though if we decide to be extra safe. We did the math with Nationwide’s Pet insurance calculator for its least expensive option and found that 1 adolescent Dalmatian would cost $37.57 per month. Multiplied by 101 and that’d be about $45,534 per year. Their most expensive option goes up to $109.26 a month and for the whole farm that’d be $132,423 per year if we use their premium insurance. We’ll stick to the less expensive option though.
Annual checkups for a dog average about $50. Multiplied by 101 that would be $5,050 per year. These pups are young so they should be healthy for a while though. However, if we don’t want to have an exponential amount of Dalmatians on our hands, we'll need to have them spayed or neutered. The cost varies for wherever you live but $100 is an average price. However, this is one thing that you can ‘cheat’ on for financial reasons. To save money in this situation, you can just select one gender from the group. This cuts the cost of preventing infinite more Dalmatians from joining the farm in half to a more reasonable one time cost of $5,000.
Hopefully they won’t need much in the way of toys because each dog will have 100 other friends to play with. However, just to make sure they have toys available if they want them, we'll budget pone Classic Kong at $12.99 and a basic rope toy at about $5.00. If we gave each pup one of each for the year, that’d be $1,816 for a year’s supply of toys. That's a really low number too, and it's hard to not spoil your dogs so this would likely be higher!
A full year’s worth of 12 doses of Frontline flea and tick prevention for 1 large dog costs $103.98. There’s a Dalmatian on the box so it’s meant to be. Multiplied for 101 dogs you’d need to spend $10,501 to have them all covered for the year. Since they’re all moving to a farm, and will likely spend much of their time outdoors in the countryside, this is probably a must-have expense for the pups.
There isn't a specific price tacked on to this because I don't believe there's a private pet waste removal service. This is something that the Radcliffes would have to deal with themselves but it's still a significant factor in terms of what caring for 101 dogs entails. According to an online pet waste calculator a 58 pound dog poops about 1.07 pounds a day and 390.09 pounds per year. Multiplied by 101 that means that the Radcliffe farm will produce 39,399 pounds or close to 20 tons of grade A Dalmatian fertilizer per year.
The total yearly recurring cost of the barebones one their expenses would be $60,274. But every pet parent knows that there are always surprises along the road. That calculation also only covers their basic food and health needs for the year. If you want us to look into the many many other costs that’d have to be covered including grooming, housing and day to day care, let us know in the comments or on social media @Inkopious on Facebook and Instagram!
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