British dog breeds on the brink of extinction in the UK

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With imported dog breeds growing in popularity, some of Britain’s much-loved native breeds may be on the verge of extinction.

According to the Liverpool Echo, dog breeds including the Bearded Collie, Bloodhound and English Setter are all in danger of disappearing because the British don’t consider them fashionable or because they don’t know they exist.

Currently, there are 32 breeds on the Kennel Club’s Vulnerable Native Breeds List, with seven more “to watch”.

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But while 15 of these breeds have grown in popularity over the past year, including the Irish Red and White Setter – previously Britain’s most vulnerable – not all breeds have experienced the same resurgence, some Native breeds reaching record numbers in 2020 including the Old English Sheepdog, Bloodhound and English Setter.

And for the first time ever, the Norfolk Terrier and Cairn Terrier, which were family favorites in previous decades, have been added to the “Must Watch” list.

Bill Lambert, Kennel Club spokesperson, told TeamDogs: “The nation has seen a huge change in collective lifestyle over the past year, and of course, many have become dog owners for the first time. , or are currently looking to purchase one soon.

“With some people now deciding to leave our cities for more rural areas, there is still hope for some of our larger and more vulnerable races.

‘We have such a rich diversity of breeds in the UK, all with their own unique characteristics, so we urge the UK public to find out more about lesser-known breeds, especially those at risk of extinction, in order to have a dog that really suits them.

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Below we have listed all the breeds that may be at risk of extinction:

1) bearded collie




According to Hillspet, this breed is one of the oldest herding breeds, the Bearded Collie is believed to be descended from some Polish Sheepdogs left in Scotland in the 1500s.

These dogs were then crossed with the local sheepdogs to produce these British Isles Sheepdogs.

These shaggy-haired cattle breeders are originally from Scotland. Between 2019 and 2020, the Bearded Collie fell 13%, with 268 annual puppy records last year, reports Liverpool Echo.

2) Bloodhound

According to Hillspet, the bloodhound breed was perfected in the 7th century by Saint Hubert of Belgium and his monks.

Since then, these dogs have often been associated with royalty.

William the Conqueror brought several bloodhounds with him when he arrived in England in 1066, and modern bloodhounds are the descendants of these dogs.

Initially, bloodhounds were used to track deer and other game. In the 16th century, however, they were also used to track people. Today, bloodhounds help with law enforcement as well as search and rescue efforts. Their abilities are so highly regarded that tracks performed by proven sleuths are admissible as evidence in court.

The most famous hunting dog, bred in Britain since before 1300, fell 60% last year with just 36 annual puppy records, reports Liverpool Echo.

3) Bull Terrier (Miniature)

According to the Liverpool Echo, between 2019 and 2020, this cheerful and courageous breed fell 8%, with 185 annual puppy records last year.

4) Collie (smooth)

This friendly breed fell 4% between 2019 and 2020, with 72 annual puppy records last year, reports the Liverpool Echo.

5) Dandie Dinmont Terrier

According to Hillspet, this breed originated from the borders of Scotland in the 1700s, the Dandie Dinmont terrier is the only breed to take its name from a character in literature.

The name given to this breed comes from a fictional character in the Guy Mannering novel by dog ​​lover Sir Walter Scott. The Dandie Dinmont Terrier may be closely related to the Bedlington Terrier, although the dog’s ancestry likely includes basset, border terrier, and Cairn terrier strains.

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The Dandie Dinmont terrier was originally developed for small game hunting and has become known in particular for its ability to track otters. Over the years, the Dandie has become more of a companion animal and show dog, valued for its distinct appearance.

6) Deerhound

The former Scottish Greyhound increased by 27% between 2019 and 2020, with an increase of 206 annual puppy records last year.

7) English setter



A group of English Setter dogs including Crufts Supreme Champion Starlite Express Valsett, standing looking out of a wooden door March 1988

Between 2019 and 2020, the English Setter fell 48% to 140 annual puppy records last year.

8) English Toy Terrier (black and tan)

The Liverpool Echo reports that this intelligent breed fell 24% to 75 annual puppy records between 2019 and 2020.

9) Fox Twander (Smooth)

According to Hillspet, smooth fox terriers originated from England in the 18th century.

Until 1860, any dog ​​that was fast, agile and small enough to chase a fox from its burrow was called a fox terrier.

It didn’t matter to the hunter what style of Terrier was kept, as long as he got his job done. During the hunts, the dog was often carried in a bag slung over the shoulder of the “terrier”.

Between 2019 and 2020, this small breed increased its popularity by nine percent, reaching 122 annual puppy records last year.

10) Glen of Imaal Terrier

This native Irish breed has dropped 58% to just 36 annual puppy records last year.

11) Gordon Setter

The Gordon Setter increased 10% to 268 annual puppy records between 2019 and 2020.

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