With the growing popularity of imported dog breeds, some of the UK’s once well-established native breeds are now critically endangered.
Breeds like the Bearded Collie, Bloodhound and Bull Terrier are in danger of disappearing from our parks and streets simply because the British don’t know they exist or because they’re not considered fashionable.
There are currently 32 breeds on the Kennel Club’s Endangered Native Breed List, with seven more “At Watch”.
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Up to 15 of these breeds have grown in popularity over the past year, including the Irish Red and White Setter, which was named Britain’s Most Endangered Breed last year but has grown 113 percent since then.
However, not all breeds have seen the same resurgence, with some native breeds hitting record numbers in 2020, including the Old English Sheepdog, Bloodhound, and English Setter.
Similarly, both the Norfolk Terrier and Cairn Terriers, which have been firm family favorites for the past several decades, were first added to the “At Watch” list.
Kennel Club spokesman Bill Lambert told TeamDogs, “The nation has seen a tremendous collective lifestyle change over the past year and of course many have either first been dog owners or are looking to buy one soon. With some people now choosing to move to more rural areas from our cities, there is still hope for some of our larger and more vulnerable races.
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“We have such a rich variety of breeds in the UK, each with their own unique characteristics, so we urge the UK public to learn more about the lesser-known breeds, especially those on the verge of disappearing To get a dog that really suits you. “
To give these dogs the chance they deserve, it is important that you consider the following fighting breeds when taking a dog home with you.
1. Bearded collie
These shaggy cattle herders are native to Scotland. Between 2019 and 2020, the Bearded Collie declined 13 percent, with 268 puppy registrations annually last year.
The most famous scented dog, bred in Britain since 1300, lost a whopping 60 percent last year with only 36 annual puppy registrations.
3. Bull terrier (miniature)
Between 2019 and 2020, this fun-loving and brave breed fell eight percent, with 185 puppy registrations annually last year.
4. Collie (smooth)
This friendly breed declined four percent between 2019 and 2020, with 72 annual puppy registrations last year.
5. Dandie Dinmont Terrier
This iconic Scotsman fell 20 percent between 2019 and 2020, with 87 annual puppy registrations last year.
6. Deer dog
Scotland’s Old Wolfhound is up 27 percent between 2019 and 2020, with a surge to 206 annual puppy registrations last year.
7. English typesetter
Between 2019 and 2020, the English setter dropped 48 percent last year to 140 annual puppy registrations.
8. English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)
This smart breed fell 24 percent to 75 annual puppy registrations between 2019 and 2020.
9. Fox terrier (smooth)
Between 2019 and 2020, this small breed’s popularity increased nine percent to 122 annual puppy registrations last year.
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10. Glen of Imaal Terrier
This native Irish breed fell 58 percent over the past year to just 36 annual puppy registrations.
11. Gordon setter
The Gordon Setter rose 10 percent to 268 annual puppy registrations between 2019 and 2020.
The Kennel Club’s list of Endangered British and Irish Breeds was created in 2004 to highlight the breeds that had fewer than 300 puppy registrations, and an At Watch list was created for those with 30-450 puppy registrations annually.
To learn more about endangered breeds, visit their website here.
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