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Puppies for sale: finding the right dog


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

Bearded Collie

          346 284

Bloodhound

55 59 50 51 74 77 53

Bull Terrier (Miniature)

223 216 192 161 189 183 172

Collie (Smooth)

54 75 88 82 33 78 89

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

151 98 120 105 144 88 91

Deerhound

256 237 260 236 234 267 209

English Setter

349 234 314 326 332 289 285

English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)

136 95 126 115 94 78 102

Fox Terrier (Smooth)

155 137 94 122 142 148 118

Glen of Imaal Terrier

61 67 57 55 74 79 76

Gordon Setter

        250 234 263

Irish Red & White Setter

83 119 89 82 102 64 63

Irish Wolfhound

352 321 302 322 282 293 256

King Charles Spaniel

199 180 217 161 142 149 84

Kerry Blue Terrier

223 212 210 169 172 131 168

Lakeland Terrier

254 247 208 221 176 173 220

Lancashire Heeler

134 98 104 103 132 81 90

Manchester Terrier

107 152 124 198 187 192 191

Mastiff

157 173 140 139 124 149 102

Norwich Terrier

172 158 170 194 166 147 145

Otterhound

57 38 37 42 22 34 40

Retriever (Curly Coated)

72 62 71 118 77 66 83

Sealyham Terrier

49 63 76 68 97 113 113

Skye Terrier

37 44 42 17 63 43 28

Spaniel (Clumber)

271 235 151 247 217 214 171

Spaniel (Field)

55 46 47 29 70 46 80

Spaniel (Irish Water)

117 101 148 101 88 132 116

Spaniel (Sussex)

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

Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)

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

AT WATCH

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Bedlington Terrier

          395 411

Old English Sheepdog

507 401 429 461 405   424

Irish Terrier

357 277 306 362 371   326

Parson Russell Terrier

          407 377

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

        404 423 326

Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

363 371 333 328 274 366 393

Welsh Terrier

432 415 352 447 392 389 401

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.