Vulnerable native breeds

The Kennel Club is concerned with protecting those breeds of dog which are of British origin and are considered to be vulnerable i.e. those whose numbers are declining and whose status within the world of dogs has diminished over a number of years.

A decision was made in June 2003 that research would be undertaken to identify and confirm the relevant breeds and the extent and nature of their vulnerability. This research not only featured breeds of dog which are basically of British origin, but with the support of the Irish Kennel Club, the research also included native Irish breeds.

The work carried out concentrated on those breeds which achieve 300 or fewer registrations each year in the UK, and statistics were pulled together to identify the relevant breeds and the extent and nature of their vulnerability. A list of those breeds identified is given below:

                 

VULNERABLE NATIVE BREEDS

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Bearded Collie

          346 284  

Bloodhound

55 59 50 51 74 77 53  

Bull Terrier (Miniature)

223 216 192 161 189 183 172 189

Collie (Smooth)

54 75 88 82 33 78 89 60

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

151 98 120 105 144 88 91 130

Deerhound

256 237 260 236 234 267 209 266

English Setter

349 234 314 326 332 289 285 261

English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)

136 95 126 115 94 78 102 84

Fox Terrier (Smooth)

155 137 94 122 142 148 118 82

Glen of Imaal Terrier

61 67 57 55 74 79 76 48

Gordon Setter

        250 234 263 255

Irish Red & White Setter

83 119 89 82 102 64 63 70

Irish Wolfhound

352 321 302 322 282 293 256  

King Charles Spaniel

199 180 217 161 142 149 84 112

Kerry Blue Terrier

223 212 210 169 172 131 168 152

Lakeland Terrier

254 247 208 221 176 173 220 196

Lancashire Heeler

134 98 104 103 132 81 90 119

Manchester Terrier

107 152 124 198 187 192 191 160

Mastiff

157 173 140 139 124 149 102 166

Norwich Terrier

172 158 170 194 166 147 145 91

Otterhound

57 38 37 42 22 34 40 24

Retriever (Curly Coated)

72 62 71 118 77 66 83 53

Sealyham Terrier

49 63 76 68 97 113 113 167

Skye Terrier

37 44 42 17 63 43 28 40

Spaniel (Clumber)

271 235 151 247 217 214 171 265

Spaniel (Field)

55 46 47 29 70 46 80 50

Spaniel (Irish Water)

117 101 148 101 88 132 116 69

Spaniel (Sussex)

68 52 74 55 67 43 49 56
Spaniel (Welsh Springer)             299  

Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)

46 108 94 102 118 124 218 141
Spaniel (Welsh Springer) 338 396 348 353 315 363 299  
                 

AT WATCH

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017

Bearded Collie

              420

Bullmastiff

              429

Bedlington Terrier

          395 411  

Old English Sheepdog

507 401 429 461 405   424 384

Irish Terrier

357 277 306 362 371   326 362

Irish Wolfhound

              372

Parson Russell Terrier

          407 377 306

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

        404 423 326 369

Spaniel (Welsh Springer)

              362

Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

363 371 333 328 274 366 393  

Welsh Terrier

432 415 352 447 392 389 401 388

Subsequent to this research, the Kennel Club approached all the registered clubs of the breeds concerned for their views and enclosed a questionnaire to help identify ways in which each club currently works with breeders, owners and show societies to promote their breed.

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

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