Do you know that many dog breeds originating in the United Kingdom are said to be edging closer towards extinction? Sad as it may seem, it is reported that the popularity of small and celebrity owned dogs are adopted more, while the beloved UK breeds are slowly becoming less visible.
Actually, the term used is “vulnerable native breeds”. This is a list of dog breeds originating in the United Kingdom that classifies the extent of the vulnerability of the breed. This list was first compiles by the Kennel Clubb in January 2006 and has been going on ever since.
The breeds included in this list are as follows:
Bloodhound, bull terrier, Miniature Collie, English Setter Gundog Group,English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan) Toy Group , Fox Terrier (Smooth), Glen of Imaal Terrier, Gordon Setter, Irish Red and White Setter, Irish Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, King Charles Spaniel, Lakeland Terrier, Lancashire Heeler, Manchester Terrier, Norwich Terrier, Otterhound, Retriever (Curly Coated), Scottish Deerhound, Sealyham Terrier, Skye Terrier, Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, Spaniel (Clumber), Spaniel (Field), Spaniel (Irish Water), Spaniel (Sussex), Welsh Corgi (Cardigan), Welsh Terrier.
The English Setter is the latest addition to the vulnerable native breeds list. The setter is said to be one of the oldest breeds, dating as far back as 2 centuries ago. This medium to large sized dog was used for hunting in the country. They are affectionate, active, sensitive and great with families. They have an elegant air about them with their soft flecked coat of hair and distinguished bearing.
The reason of the decline or rise in the registration of breeds is largely due to what is most visible in popular media nowadays. While English Setters are unfortunately becoming more forgotten, the Cardigan Welsh Corgi experienced a spike in popularity because of its close resemblance to the Pembroke Welsh Corgi of the Queen herself.
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