Despite there being 211 different dog breeds officially
recognised in the UK, just ten breeds dominate the canine
population in Britain, making up more than half of all pedigree
Ahead of its Discover Dogs event in London this November, the
Kennel Club has revealed that British dog owners are missing out on
a plethora of wonderful and interesting breeds. Breeds such as the
Hovawart, Hungarian Puli, Russian Black Terrier, Sloughi,
Schipperke and Cesky Terrier are being overlooked in favour of the
Border Terrier, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Pug and just
a handful of others.
The Labrador Retriever has been Britain's most popular dog breed
for more than 20 years and its popularity does not seem to be
fading. In 2012, more than 36,000 puppies - 16% of all of the
pedigree dogs registered in the UK - were Labradors. This is in
stark contrast to the British native breeds, the Otterhound, Skye
Terrier and Sussex Spaniel for example, which only managed 153
registrations between them.
Every November, Discover Dogs attracts hundreds of different dog
breeds and thousands of visitors. The annual event aims to bring
almost forgotten breeds back to the public consciousness and
enlighten people about the unique lifestyle requirements and
characteristics of different dog breeds.
At a previous event, comedian Jimmy Carr paid a visit and fell
in love with the English Toy Terrier, a breed native to this
country but at risk of becoming extinct with worryingly low yearly
puppy registrations. After finding out about the breed at Discover
Dogs, Jimmy is now the loving owner of Ollie, a beautiful English
Toy Terrier, a breed which generally only needs 30 minutes of
exercise a day and thus fits well with his busy schedule.
Discover Dogs, sponsored by Eukanuba and Metro Bank is taking
place at Earls Court on November 9th and 10th, featuring around 200
breeds, from the most popular to the vulnerable native breeds which
are in danger of extinction, as well as interesting foreign breeds
and everything in between.
Caroline Kisko Kennel Club Secretary said: "The top ten dog
breeds are all wonderful breeds, but it is about time we used our
imagination and looked at the other fantastic dog breeds in the
"Too many people choose a dog because they like the look of it,
or perhaps their friends or a celebrity has the breed. Discover
Dogs helps and encourages people to look further, find out about
why certain dog breeds are or are not suitable for the individual's
lifestyle and gives people the tools to make informed choices that
will lead to a happy relationship."
Discover Dogs is a family friendly event; visitors can meet
hundreds of dogs, watch the fast paced agility and flyball
competitions, the famous Scruffts crossbreed competition semi-final
and the Junior Handler of the Year final. There will also be Good
Citizen Dog Training Scheme displays, Companion Dog Club
competitions and much more. For further information on this great
day out, please visit www.discoverdogs.org.uk
or telephone 020 7518 1012.