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Why Are Dalmatians So Rare? (Why You Don’t See Many)

Are Dalmatians becoming rarer each year? Many people seem to think they are, with fewer Dals being seen as time goes on. This article explains everything and provides an answer as to why you don’t see many Dalmatians these days.

According to the AKC, Dalmatians are actually gaining popularity, albeit slowly. Still, Dalmatian registrations are low relative to a lot of other breeds, which explains why it’s uncommon to see them.


Why Are Dalmatians So Rare?

Dalmatian numbers have been quite low for a while now, and although they are technically moving up the ranks in a positive direction, they are still an uncommon breed to own and see.

Dalmatian rankings over the last 7 years: (AKC Data)

YearAKC Rank

Despite gaining some popularity since 2014, ranking 51 does suggest the breed isn’t all too common anyway. So are Dalmatians actually rare? Or are they just not all that popular to begin with?

Why People Think Dalmatians Are Rare

The reason this is such a common question is that Dalmatians used to be a popular breed, and are a household name.

Around the 1950s and certainly after 1961 (101 dalmatian release date) Dalmatian ownership saw a huge spike and they shortly became one of America’s most popular breeds.

But as soon as inexperienced owners realized that this breed actually requires a lot of work, many of them were sent off to shelters or abandoned.

Ultimately, the Dal’s popularity plummeted a few years after when owners found out the reality of such a demanding breed. Yet the breed (due to the movie) is still well-known today.

Why You Don’t See Many Dalmatians…

Hopefully, by now the answer is fairly straightforward… The reason Dalmatians are rarely seen is simply that there aren’t that many of them out there.

Of course, the breed is far from being extinct, but when compared to many other breeds, they are extremely low in numbers.

While we couldn’t find the data for the USA, we found some for the UK. Dalmatian registrations in the UK in 2020 was 1126. Compare this to the forever-popular labrador, which had almost 40,000 registrations. That’s a pretty substantial difference,

In the USA, this difference is likely to be even greater.

Do Dalmatians Deserve To Be More Popular?

When raised correctly, a Dalmatian is a wonderful dog that fits in well with families. So we here at The Puppy Mag are certainly fans of this beautiful breed.

Considering how well-known Dalmatians are, compared to how few are registered each year, it’s quite a gap. So it would be nice to see this breed gain some popularity and rise up the charts, but whether that will happen remains questionable.

Unfortunately, since the Dalmatian popularity took a big hit following its spike 50-60 years ago, the public perception of Dals also declined with it… Meaning many people still today tend not to have a very good view of Dalmatians (even if they’ve never interacted with one). Full article about that here

So this only adds to the unlikeliness that Dalmatians will ever gain significant popularity again (apart from every time a new movie is released… sigh)

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