As imported dog breeds grow in popularity, some of the popular British breeds could be critically endangered.
According to the Liverpool Echo, dog breeds like the Bearded Collie, Bloodhound and English Setter are all threatened with disappearing because the British do not consider them fashionable or are unaware of their existence.
There are currently 32 breeds on the Kennel Club’s Vulnerable Native Breeds list, with seven more “At Watch”.
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But while 15 of these breeds have gained popularity over the past year, including the Irish Red and White Setter – previously Britain’s most endangered species – 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.
And for the first time, both the Norfolk Terrier and the Cairn Terrier, which have been absolute family favorites over the past few decades, have been included in the “At Watch” list.
Bill Lambert, a spokesman for the Kennel Club, 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 from our cities to more rural areas, there is still hope for some of our larger and more vulnerable races.
“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. “
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Below we have listed all the breeds that could be critically endangered:
1) Bearded collie
According to Hillspet, this breed is one of the oldest guardian breeds, the bearded collie is said to descend from some Polish lowland sheepdogs that were abandoned in Scotland in the 16th century.
These dogs were then crossed with the local herding dogs to produce these British Isles herding dogs.
These shaggy cattle herders are native to Scotland. Between 2019 and 2020, the Bearded Collie fell 13 percent, with 268 annual puppy registrations last year, reports Liverpool Echo.
According to Hillspet, the bloodhound breed was perfected in the 7th century by St. Hubert of Belgium and his monks.
Since then, these dogs have been widely associated with kings.
William the Conqueror brought several bloodhounds with him when he arrived in England in 1066, and modern bloodhounds are descended from these dogs.
Bloodhounds were originally used to track deer and other game. However, they were also used to track people up until the 16th century. Today bloodhounds help with law enforcement and search and rescue operations. Her skills are so highly valued that traces of blood dogs that have been identified are acceptable as evidence in court.
The most famous scent dog, bred in Britain since 1300, lost a whopping 60 percent last year with only 36 puppy registrations annually, reports Liverpool Echo.
3) Bull Terrier (miniature)
According to the Liverpool Echo, this fun-loving and brave breed fell eight percent between 2019 and 2020, with 185 puppy registrations annually last year.
4) Collie (smooth)
This friendly breed fell four percent between 2019 and 2020, with 72 annual puppy registrations last year, reports the Liverpool Echo.
5) Dandie Dinmont Terrier
According to Hillspet, this breed originated on the borders of Scotland in the 18th century, the Dandie Dinmont Terrier is the only breed that gets its name from a character in literature.
The name of this breed comes from a fictional character from the novel Guy Mannering by the dog lover Sir Walter Scott. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier may be closely related to the Bedlington Terrier, although the dog’s ancestry likely includes lines of Basset Hound, Border Terriers, and Cairn Terriers.
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The Dandie Dinmont Terrier was originally developed for hunting small game and was best known for its ability to track down otters. Over the years, the Dandie became more of a pet and show dog, valued for its distinctive looks.
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)
The Liverpool Echo reports that this smart breed fell 24 percent to 75 annual puppy registrations between 2019 and 2020.
9) Fuchs Terrier (smooth)
According to Hillspet, Smooth Fox Terriers originated in England in the 18th century.
By 1860, any dog that was fast, agile, and small enough to shoot a fox out of its hole was known as a fox terrier.
The hunter didn’t care what style of terrier you had as long as he was doing his job. During the hunts the dog was often carried in a bag over the shoulder of the “terrier man”.
Between 2019 and 2020, this small breed’s popularity increased nine percent to 122 annual puppy registrations last year.
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.
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