© Diane Pearce Collection
© Diane Pearce Collection
Many native British and Irish breeds of dog are at risk of disappearing from our parks and streets, simply because people don’t know they exist or because they aren’t considered fashionable. The six most popular breeds in the UK (Labrador, French Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, Pug and English Springer Spaniel and Bulldog) account for more registrations between them than the remaining 214 breeds of dog.
Some breeds have such low numbers that they are completely unrecognisable to the British public, which is a concern because it means that breeds that might be the perfect fit for people’s lifestyles are being overlooked in favour of other breeds that might not be, simply because they are not as known.
This Kennel Club has been aware of this problem for a number of years and in order to protect those breeds of British and Irish origin that are considered at risk of disappearing, we created the Vulnerable Native British and Irish Breeds List for breeds with fewer than 300 registrations a year and the At Watch List for breeds with between 300 and 450 registrations a year, so that we can monitor them.
Which breeds are at risk?
As of 1stJanuary 2017 there are 27 dog breeds considered vulnerable and 9 breeds considered at risk of becoming vulnerable. These are listed below and you can click on the breed names to visit a dedicated webpage for each specific breed.
In order to give these dogs the chance they deserve, it is important that people looking for a dog consider the lesser known breeds. There are 220 breeds of dog recognised in the UK so there is a breed for everyone. We find that people tend to choose a breed from the pool of breeds they have heard of before, which means that the perfect breed for them and their lifestyle might be overlooked.
Thinking about getting a native British or Irish breed?
It is crucial that anyone considering a native British or Irish breed, or any other breed, goes to a responsible breeder, such as a Kennel Club Assured Breeder.
Breed clubs exist for every single breed and they offer a wealth of information for anyone considering getting a dog. Anyone wanting a specific breed should speak to the relevant breed club for information and guidance.
Clickhereto find Assured Breeders for each breed.
Clickhereto find a breed club for each breed.
People can also consider rescuing a dog. Kennel Club Breed Rescue is made up of a number of breed-specific rescue services that may be able to offer the right dog to the right home. To find a rescue dog, clickhere.