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The most beautiful creature on four legs!
―Pongo on Perdita

Perdita is the female protagonist of the 1961 Disney animated feature film, One Hundred and One Dalmatians. She is the pet of Anita, wife of Pongo, and the mother of 15 Dalmatian puppies and adoptive mother of 84 more puppies.


Perdita is very well mannered, elegant and radiant; a complete foil to Pongo's goofy nature. She is also rather stern, and appears to be a tad more prominent when it comes to disciplining her children, as well as the rascally Pongo.

Despite her well-coordinated nature, Perdita tends to be incredibly worrisome in hectic situations and prefers to avoid oncoming conflict by leaving the scene, as shown when Cruella visits. She is also rather observant, and appears able to sense nearby danger, being the only one to expect Cruella's villainy even before the kidnapping of her children. A complete contrast to the optimistic Pongo, Perdita's worries can often escalate to pessimism, only to be put to rest by the always headstrong and relentless Pongo.

Even so, Perdita is a fierce warrior, and will jump into battle in the situation calls for it. Like Pongo, her primary concerns are her puppies. As such, she has shown to willingly abandon her usual guidelines of self-composure for the sake of her family.


One Hundred and One Dalmatians

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Perdita in the original film.

In the original film, Pongo is searching for mates for himself and his pet Roger Radcliffe. Pongo is close to giving up when he spots Perdita and her pet, Anita. Pongo rushes to the park to follow them. Perdita spots Pongo and is seemingly attracted to him, but tries to look as if she doesn't notice him. Perdita and Anita soon leave and Pongo tries a trick to attract their attention. At first it seems as if it failed, Perdita was mad at Pongo for making her owner, Anita wet. But as Roger and Anita talk more they fall in love. Perdita falls in love with Pongo as well.

Perdita soon becomes pregnant with puppies, but when the family gets a visit from Cruella De Vil she becomes frightened, referring to Cruella as "that devil woman." Perdita hides, but is able to hear Cruella's desire for the puppies. Perdita regrets having puppies due to the fact that Cruella wants them. Unfortunately for Perdita, the puppies arrived three weeks later, where it is revealed that she has had fifteen puppies. She is tired afterwards but is relieved to hear from Pongo that the puppies are safe thanks to Roger. The puppies grow and are shown watching their favorite show with their parents. Perdita is seen interacting with her various puppies: telling Lucky to get down from the TV, reminding Rolly that they just had dinner, and scolding Patch for his coarse language.

After the puppies are put to bed, Pongo and Perdita go on a walk with their respective owners. During their absence, the puppies were kidnapped by Cruella's henchman Jasper and Horace. Pongo and Perdita realize that neither the humans nor Scotland Yard will find their puppies, and take it upon themselves to rescue their children. They use the twilight bark, a canine gossip chain, to spread the news of their stolen puppies. Later, they receive an answer, and learn that their puppies are at Hell Hall, Cruella's former home.

Perdita immediately goes off on a dangerous journey to rescue the puppies alongside Pongo. The winter conditions make the journey tough, but they eventually meet with a sheepdog called the Colonel, who takes them to the puppies. Upon seeing the other puppies alongside their own fifteen, they decide to take them all to London, knowing that Roger and Anita would never turn them out.

101 Dalmatians: The Series


Perdita with Pongo in 101 Dalmatians: The Series.

Perdita appears as a supporting character being that her pups takeover as the stars. Here she and Pongo after serve minor roles and act as regular parents and often seen with Roger and Anita. Some have speculated that she is a much stricter parent than Pongo but this is arguable as both she and Pongo have penalized the pups for being disrespectful or noncompliant in the series. In the episode "The Making Of..." Perdita talks about how since she and Pongo were the stars of the movie, that they would be the stars of the series, too.

In "Lucky To Be Alone", Perdita is the one who comes up with the idea for Lucky to visit the Vandercreams, seemingly assured that Lucky will begin missing his family within just a few days, if she knew the Vandercreams right. This has speculated that Perdita is in some form related to either Coco or Beamer.

The episodes Perdita has appeared in are "Home is Where the Bark is", "The Dogs of DeVil", "Lucky to be Alone", "Four Stories Up", "You Say It's Your Birthday", "Lord of the Termites", "Cruella World", "Food for Thought", "Film Fatale", "Splishing and Splashing", "The Making Of...", "Animal House Party", and "Dalmatian Vacation, Part 2: Cross-Country Chaos".

101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure

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Perdita in 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure.

In the sequel, Perdita and the rest of the family moves to the farmlands where she and her puppies can roam freely and, to her biggest relief, be far away from Cruella De Vil. However, unbeknown to Perdita, her son Patch is feeling insignificant. She tries to help Patch during this time, but is too busy taking care of the other 98 puppies. After speaking with the half-asleep Pongo, Patch ran away from home in a self-finding search.

When Perdita learns of Patch's missing later on, she is devastated, and quickly rallies Pongo, Roger and Anita to travel back to London to find him. During their absence, Cruella, Jasper, and Horace kidnap the puppies yet again. Meanwhile, Patch meets and befriends his hero Thunderbolt, who gladly helps the pup rescue his siblings. In the end, Cruella is arrested, and Perdita and Pongo reunite with her children, as well as befriend Thunderbolt.

Interestingly, Kath Soucie, Perdita's voice actress in 101 Dalmatians II, previously voiced Anita, Cadpig and Rolly in the 101 Dalmatians TV series.

House of Mouse

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Perdita and Pongo in House of Mouse.

Perdita makes several appearances in the series House of Mouse.

In the episode "House of Crime", Predita's puppies briefly went missing, resulting in Perdita framing Cruella for once again stealing their puppies.

In the episode "The Stolen Cartoons", Perdita was seen with his family as Daisy Duck ordered for a table for one hundred and one.

In "The Mouse Who Came to Dinner", Goofy demanded that the magic brooms ensure that the club was "spotless" in time for a critic's arrival, resulting in the brooms wiping away the spots of Perdita and the other dalmatians.

Perdita can be seen at the end of Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse during the finale song.

Live-action appearances

101 Dalmatians

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Perdita in the live-action remake.

In the live-action remake of the original animated film, Perdita is featured as a non-speaking dog, but still retains her role as main deuteragonist. Like the original, Perdita resides with Anita in London. When Pongo first catches a glimpse of her, both dogs fall in love and get their masters together. Like in the original film, Perdita gives birth to fifteen puppies and Cruella sends her goons to kidnap them. While Pongo and Perdita are gone for a walk by Roger and Anita, the goons break in and lock Nanny in the closet and steal the puppies, they return home hearing the pensioner's bulldog barking angrily at Jasper and Horace and is the witness making Roger and Anita realize what they just have done; They leave the puppies unprotected and why do they have to go out for a walk. When there is word that her puppies have been found, Perdita and Pongo go out to rescue them. Meanwhile, the puppies are able to outwit Cruella, Jasper, and Horace with the help of several animals. They reunite with their parents and are escorted home by the police.

Printed media

Descendants: Isle of the Lost

Perdita makes an appearance in which she and Pongo are part of the council of sidekicks, where Prince Ben (son to Belle and the Beast) is able to communicate with them via a translation device on Ben's ear. She expresses that, while having ninety-nine pups can cause her a lack of sleep, she and Pongo are concerned about the pups' college education. This concern has Ben decide to set up and pass the "Puppy Grant" benefit, allowing financial aid for the Dalmatians.

Video games

Kingdom Hearts

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Perdita makes a minor appearance in Kingdom Hearts, having been transported to Traverse Town with Pongo due to the destruction of their world. During the escape, her owners, Roger and Anita, disappeared during the destruction and the 99 puppies were separated and scattered across other worlds. After meeting Perdita and Pongo, Sora is tasked with locating the puppies throughout his travels in Kingdom Hearts, and sending them back to Perdita in Traverse Town upon doing so. To return Sora's helpfulness, Perdita bestow various gifts upon Sora. When Sora sealed Kingdom Hearts, Perdita, along with Pongo and all of her children, returned home.

Disney Parks

Walt Disney World Resort

A large statue of Perdita is featured at Disney's All-Star Movies Resort at Walt Disney World.

Perdita is also featured in the attraction Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom. When Cruella De Vil returns to find the legendary Crystal of the Magic Kingdom and kidnap the pups, Perdita and the puppies go into hiding while Pongo teams up with Merlin to save the city. Later on, Cruella breaks into Merlin's secret vault to find the crystal but she instead finds a chew toy. Perdita and the puppies were able to switch the crystal with the toys just before Cruella's arrival.

Disney Cruise Line

Perdita is also seen reuniting with her puppies in Midship Detective Agency aboard the Disney Fantasy. She can also be seen during the end credits of the Disney Fantasy's Animators Palate show.


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  • According to Disney animators, Perdita has 68 spots.
  • According to Disneystrology, her birthday is July 6th.
  • According to the DisneyLife app, her pet peeve is bad manners and coarse language.
  • By size and behavior, in human years, she is 40 years old.
  • In the animated movie, Perdita was originally played by Lisa Davis (who had also voiced Anita). She had recorded about a third of the film as Perdita, but got married and moved to New York, so she was voiced by Cate Bauer for the rest of the film. It is, however, unknown which actress recorded which lines.
  • Perdita is actually based on two characters from the original book: "Missis" Pongo, who was the wife to Pongo and birth mother of the fifteen puppies, and Perdita, a sickly liver-spotted Dalmatian adopted by the Dearlys to be a secondary mother to the puppies.
  • In some promotional pictures, Perdita is seen with deep brown eyes.
  • All but two of Disney's Nine Old Men did the animation for Perdita in the animated 101 Dalmatians, with Wolfgang Reitherman as the director and Marc Davis as the sole animator of Cruella.
  • Perdita's name means "loss" in Italian. It also means the feminine form of "perditus," meaning "lost" or "destroyed" in Latin. This is a point brought up in the novel which 101 Dalmatians is based on.

v - e - d

Animated Films: One Hundred and One Dalmatians | 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure | Video
Live-Action Films: 101 Dalmatians | 102 Dalmatians | Cruella
TV Series: 101 Dalmatians: The Series | Once Upon a Time
Music: Soundtrack
Video Games: 101 Dalmatians: Animated Storybook | 101 Dalmatians: Escape from DeVil Manor | 102 Dalmatians: Puppies to the Rescue | 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure | Kingdom Hearts
Books: Disney Wonderful World of Reading | Classic Storybook | Tell-A-Tale Book | Golden Sound Story

Disney Parks

Club Villain | Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom
Entertainment: Disney Classics: The Music & The Magic | The Golden Mickeys | Villains Tonight!
Parade: Disney Cinema Parade
Halloween: Disney's Maleficious Halloween Party | Happy Hallowishes | Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular | It's Good to Bad with the Disney Villains | Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade | Re-Villains! Halloween Parade | The Disney Villains Halloween Showtime | Villains Mix and Mingle


One Hundred and One Dalmatians: Pongo | Perdita | Roger Radcliffe | Anita Radcliffe | Nanny | Cruella De Vil | Jasper and Horace | Bachelorettes | Dirty Dawson | Lucky | Patch | Rolly | Penny | Freckles | Pepper | Dalmatian Puppies | Danny | Scottie | Towser | Lucy | Captain | Sergeant Tibbs | Colonel | Prissy | Collie | The Cows | Labrador
101 Dalmatians: The Series: Tripod | Cadpig | Spot | Lieutenant Pug | Mooch | Mayor Ed Pig | Dumpling | Cornelia | Scorch | Swamp Rat | Cydne | Steven | Persian Pete | Vendella De Vil | Go-Go | Blaze | Cave Pup | Rebecca | Amber | P.H. De Vil | Cecil B. De Vil | Ivy De Vil | Malevola De Vil | Judge Dimsdale De Vil
101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure: Thunderbolt | Lil' Lightning | Lars
101 Dalmatians: Herbert | Alonzo | Mr. Skinner | Jewel | Dipstick | Fidget | Two-Tone | Whizzer | Kipper
Video game characters: Patches
102 Dalmatians: Chloe Simon | Kevin Shepherd | Jean-Pierre Le Pelt | Dottie | Little Dipper | Domino | Oddball | Fluffy | Waddlesworth | Drooler | Chomp | Digger


ABC Episodes: "Home Is Where The Bark Is" | "He Followed Me Home" | "Love 'Em and Flea 'Em" | "Howl Noon" | "Easy on the Lies" | "Two for the Show" | "An Officer and a Gentledog" | "Bad to the Bone" | "Southern Fried Cruella" | "Swine Song" | "Watch for Falling Idols" | "The High Price of Fame" | "The Great Cat Invasion" | "No Train, No Gain" | "Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure" | "Wild Chick Chase" | "The Dogs of DeVil" | "Dog's Best Friend" | "A Christmas Cruella" | "Out to Launch" | "Prophet and Loss"
Syndicated Episodes: "You Slipped a Disk" | "Chow About That?" | "Tic Track Toe" | "Lucky All Star" | "Shake, Rattle, and Woof" | "Cadpig Behind Bars" | "Leisure Lawsuit" | "Purred It Through the Grapevine" | "Our Own Digs" | "Goose Pimples (Goose Pamples)" | "Two Faces of Anita" | "The Fungus Among Us" | "Market Mayhem" | "Lucky to be Alone" | "Four Stories Up" | "It's a Swamp Thing" | "Roll Out the Pork Barrel" | "Alive N' Chicken" | "Prima Doggy" | "You Say It's Your Birthday" | "Oozy Does It" | "Barnboozled" | "Citizen Canine" | "Full Metal Pullet" | "Dough the Right Thing" | "Frisky Business" | "Cadet of the Month" | "Valentine Daze" | "Close But No Cigar" | "Invasion of the Doggy Snatchers" | "Smoke Detectors" | "Lobster Tale" | "Double Dog Dare" | "Mooove It On Over" | "Shipwrecked" | "Mall Pups" | "Shrewzle Watch" | "The Life You Save" | "Spots and Shots" | "On the Lamb" | "Treasure of Swamp Island" | "Lord of the Termites" | "Fountain of Youth" | "Walk a Mile in My Tracks" | "Cruella World" | "Hail to the Chief" | "Food for Thought" | "The Maltese Chicken" | "Film Fatale" | "My Fair Chicken" | "Snow Bounders" | "Gnaw or Never" | "Poison Ivy" | "Twelve Angry Pups" | "The Good-bye Chick" | "Robo-Rolly" | "Splishing and Splashing" | "Virtual Lucky" | "Cupid Pups" | "The Artist Formerly Known as Spot" | "The Nose Knows" | "K is for Kibble" | "Humanitarian of the Year" | "Beauty Pageant Pandemonium" | "Hog-Tied" | "Coup DeVil" | "Every Little Crooked Nanny" | "Cone Head" | "Channels" | "Un-Lucky" | "The Making of..." | "Best of Show" | "Walk on the Wild Side" | "Horace and Jasper's Big Career Move" | "DeVil-Age Elder" | "Jurassic Bark" | "My Fair Moochie" | "Dog Food Day Afternoon" | "Spot's Fairy God-Chicken" | "Good Neighbor Cruella" | "Animal House Party" | "Dalmatian Vacation, Part I - Road Warriors" | "Dalmatian Vacation, Part II - Cross-Country Calamity" | "Dalmatian Vacation, Part III - Dearly Beloved"


London | Regents Park | Hell Hall | Dearly Farm | Gruteley County | Cherry Tree Farm | House of DeVil


Cruella's car | Jasper and Horace's truck | Moving van | Dalmatian puppy bus | Kanine Krunchies truck | Double decker bus


Cruella De Vil | Kanine Krunchies | Dalmatian Plantation | Don't Buy a Parrot from a Sailor | March of the One Hundred and One | Cheerio, Good-Bye, Toodle-oo, Hip Hip! | One Hundred and One | 1-0-1 | Dalmatian Vacation | Surf Puppies | I See Spots | Try Again | You're the One | Digga Digga Dog | So Fabulous, So Fierce | I Love Fur | Puppies, Oh, Puppies | Twilight Bark | Up the Stair | Cover Yourselves with Soot

See Also

The Thunderbolt Adventure Hour | The Disney Afternoon | House of Mouse | Once Upon a Time | The Further Adventures of Thunderbolt

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