The Hundred and One DalmatiansThe Hundred and One Dalmatians, or the Great Dog Robbery
is a 1956
novel by Dodie Smith
. The plot revolves around a woman who steals 97 dalmatian
puppies in order to make a fur coat out of them. The protagonists of the novel are three adult dalmatians who set out to rescue their own puppies and wind up rescuing the whole lot. (The hundred-and-first dalmatian is part of a subplot unrelated to the puppy-snatching, and plays only a small part in the story.)
The novel was made into a Disney animated film in 1961, under the title One Hundred and One Dalmatians. In this film, and its live-action remake 101 Dalmatians, the four adult dalmatians were compressed into two, with two more anonymous puppies added to make up the numbers.