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Vulnerable native breeds are dog breeds of British and Irish origin that are considered to be vulnerable due to their declining registration numbers. These breeds 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.

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 well known.

In order to give these dogs the chance they deserve, it is important that people looking for a dog consider the lesser known breeds.  

With the support of the Irish Kennel Club, we look at breeds which achieve 300 or fewer registrations each year in the UK. A list of those breeds identified is below:

VULNERABLE NATIVE BREEDS

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Bloodhound

77

53

 88

62

91

Bull Terrier (Miniature)

183

172

189

221

200

Collie (Smooth)

78

89

60

77

75

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

88

91

130

145

109

Deerhound

267

209

266

198

162

English setter

289

285

261

290

267

English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)

78

102

84

126

 98

Fox Terrier (Smooth)

148

118

82

126

 112

Glen of Imaal Terrier

79

76

48

48

 85

Gordon Setter

234

263

255

172

 243

Irish Red & White Setter

64

63

70

51

 39

Irish Wolfhound

293

256

 372

239

 229

King Charles Spaniel

149

84

112

106

 93

Kerry Blue Terrier

131

168

152

117

 108

Lakeland Terrier

173

220

196

139

 94

Lancashire Heeler

81

90

119

112

 140

Manchester Terrier

192

191

160

172

 243

Mastiff

149

102

166

143

 140

Norwich Terrier

147

145

91

81

 128

Otterhound

34

40

24

39

 44

Retriever (Curly Coated)

66

83

53

70

 68

Sealyham Terrier

113

113

167

107

 131

Skye Terrier

43

28

40

50

 59

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

423

326

369

307

291

Spaniel (Clumber)

214

171

265

280

 175

Spaniel (Field)

46

80

50

48

 67

Spaniel (Irish Water)

132

116

69

111

 69

Spaniel (Sussex)

43

49

56

34

 52

Spaniel (Welsh Springer)

363

299

362

330

243

Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)

124

218

141

147

 126

 

 

 

 

 

 

AT WATCH

2015

2016

2017

2018

 2019

Bearded Collie

346

284

420

274

 307

Bedlington Terrier

395

411

483 

307

 333

Bullmastiff

 518

 493

429

409

 404

Irish Terrier

 290

326

362

384

 338

Old English Sheepdog

 495

424

384

318

 317

Parson Russell Terrier

407

377

306

360

 311

Welsh Terrier

389

401

388

325

 376


If you are interested in giving a vulnerable breed a home, please search for the breeds listed above in our Breed Information Centre.