I’d like to thank one of my blog followers for bringing the topic of vulnerable breeds to my attention, which falls right in line with some of the issues I’m researching on standards and breeding. A number of British dog breeds have been in decline and some, such as the Otterhound and Sky Terrier, face extinction; the English Setter was placed on the vulnerable breed list in 2012 for the first time. The main reason cited for this is that breeders and owners are turning away from traditional breeds to more “exotic” breeds
A “vulnerable” breed is one that has less than 300 registrations per year, and according to The Kennel Club, that list consists of:
Deerhounds, Greyhounds, Otterhounds, Irish Red & White Setters, Clumber Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels, Miniature Bull Terriers, Dandie Dinmont Terriers, Smooth Fox Terriers, Glen of Imaal Terriers, Irish Terriers, Kerry Blue Terriers, Lakeland Terriers, Manchester Terriers, Norwich Terriers, Sealyham Terriers, Skye Terriers, Welsh Terriers, Smooth Collies, Lancashire Heelers, Cardigan Welsh Corgis, English Toy Terriers (Black & Tan).
However some traditional British breeds are making a comeback, according to BBC News. The number of new Setters recorded has now gone from 234 to 314, meaning it has now been moved from the “vulnerable” category to the Kennel Club’s “At Watch” list…
Registrations for vulnerable breeds are reflected to a large degree here in the United States. According to AKC breed registrations, over the past 10 years (2002-2012) the ranking of AKC breeds registered include the following: Dandie Dinmont Terriers dropped from a ranking of 139 to 170; Otterhounds 147 to 168; Sussex Spaniels 136 to 167; Sky Terriers 142 to 166; and Greyhounds 123 to 146. Just from eyeballing the lists, it looks like the most popular AKC breed on the vulnerable list is the Cardigan Welsh Corgis at number 75.
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