vulnerable dog breeds kennels ChesterfieldIn 2003 the Kennel Club took the decision to identify those breeds of native British and Irish dog that have been in decline and has been tracking the birth rates ever since.  The initial research concentrated on those breeds with 300 or fewer registrations each year in the UK.  The list of breeds is shown below, along with their registration rates from 2010 to 2019.  There is also a “watch list” (also shown below), which shows the decline in registrations in a number of other breeds, some quite surprising.

Now, at Crufts, there is a vulnerable native breeds competition and this year there’s a great range of dogs being entered.  The competition is the only one of its kind in the UK and is designed to raise awareness of these breeds, with the overall aim of increasing registrations through education. It is also there to recognise breeders and owners who are dedicated to ensuring the survival of these breeds.  In order to qualify for the final, a dog must have won best in breed at the group championship show.

The Kennel Club is very proud of their work with vulnerable breeds and hopes that them competing at Crufts will encourage potential dog owners to consider these breeds.  People can also visit the “Discover Dogs” area at Crufts, located in Hall 3, and get up close and personal with lots of different breeds of dog.  They can also meet the breeders and ask questions to find out which breeds might suit their family’s lifestyle best.

So, if you’re looking for a new addition to the family, why not look into one of the breeds on the list? You can also contact The Kennel Club for advice or take a look on their website for information on all breeds of dog (https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk)

Vulnerable Native Breed Registrations 2010 to 2019

 

VULNERABLE NATIVE BREEDS 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Bloodhound 55 59 50 51 74 77 53  88 62 91
Bull Terrier (Miniature) 223 216 192 161 189 183 172 189 221 200
Collie (Smooth) 54 75 88 82 33 78 89 60 77 75
Dandie Dinmont Terrier 151 98 120 105 144 88 91 130 145 109
Deerhound 256 237 260 236 234 267 209 266 198 162
English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan) 136 95 126 115 94 78 102 84 126  98
Fox Terrier (Smooth) 155 137 94 122 142 148 118 82 126  112
Glen of Imaal Terrier 61 67 57 55 74 79 76 48 48  85
Gordon Setter  306  245  252  273 250 234 263 255 172  243
Irish Red & White Setter 83 119 89 82 102 64 63 70 51  39
Irish Wolfhound 352 321 302 322 282 293 256  372 239  229
King Charles Spaniel 199 180 217 161 142 149 84 112 106  93
Kerry Blue Terrier 223 212 210 169 172 131 168 152 117  108
Lakeland Terrier 254 247 208 221 176 173 220 196 139  94
Lancashire Heeler 134 98 104 103 132 81 90 119 112  140
Manchester Terrier 107 152 124 198 187 192 191 160 172  243
Mastiff 157 173 140 139 124 149 102 166 143  140
Norwich Terrier 172 158 170 194 166 147 145 91 81  128
Otterhound 57 38 37 42 22 34 40 24 39  44
Retriever (Curly Coated) 72 62 71 118 77 66 83 53 70  68
Sealyham Terrier 49 63 76 68 97 113 113 167 107  131
Skye Terrier 37 44 42 17 63 43 28 40 50  59
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier 405 433 455 372 404 423 326 369 307 291
Spaniel (Clumber) 271 235 151 247 217 214 171 265 280  175
Spaniel (Field) 55 46 47 29 70 46 80 50 48  67
Spaniel (Irish Water) 117 101 148 101 88 132 116 69 111  69
Spaniel (Sussex) 68 52 74 55 67 43 49 56 34  52
Spaniel (Welsh Springer) 338 396 348 353 315 363 299 362 330 243
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) 46 108 94 102 118 124 218 141 147  126
AT WATCH 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018  2019
Bearded Collie  572  547  480  552  371 346 284 420 274  307
Bedlington Terrier 395 411 483 307  333
Bullmastiff  1169  1044  948  672  599  518  493 429 409  404
English Setter 349 234 314 326 332 289 285 261 290 267
Irish Terrier 357 277 306 362 371  290 326 362 384  338
Old English Sheepdog 507 401 429 461 405  495 424 384 318  317
Parson Russell Terrier 407 377 306 307
Scottish Terrier 438
Welsh Terrier 432 415 352 447 392 389 401 388 325  376
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