Forty-six dog breeds are ‘facing extinction’ in the UK – is your dog on the list?

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Forty-six dog breeds, including the Greyhound and Collie, are at risk of disappearing in the UK, warns Nick Horniman MRCVS, a veterinary surgeon and founder of online pet pharmacy www.mypetsvet.co.uk.

Mr Horniman said: “The latest figures revealing that 46 dog breeds, including Foxhounds, King Charles Spaniels, and Welsh Corgis, are facing extinction highlight a pressing and critical issue for the veterinary and wider pet care community in the UK.”

He continued: “Underscoring the urgent need for collective action to address the endangerment of these cherished breeds. Prospective pet owners need to educate themselves on the importance of considering a wide variety of breeds, including those at risk of decline.

“By encouraging potential pet parents to move away from trendy breeds such as pugs, we can help ensure these breeds do not fade into obscurity but continue to thrive for future generations.

“It’s also important to note that if you are planning on saving some of these breeds from extinction some will cost more than others.

“For instance, large breeds like the Irish Wolfhound often require more food, larger living spaces, and may have breed-specific health issues such as hip dysplasia or heart issues that can lead to higher veterinary bills.”

The Kennel Club has released new figures showing 46 dog breeds are at risk of being wiped out in the UK. This includes Scottish Terriers, Rough Collies and Pointers, reports BirminghamLive.

“The Scottish Terrier has been such an iconic and recognisable breed in the UK for decades and means so much to so many different people, so these latest figures are really worrying,” said Bill Lambert, a spokesperson for The Kennel Club.

“People often opt for the well-known choices and simply forget to dig a little deeper, with the worrying knock-on effect that not only are some of our most iconic breeds in decline but also that people might not be getting the perfect match for them,” he went on.

“Opportunities to meet less popular breeds of dogs are limited, which is why we have a unique Discover Dogs zone at Crufts,” Mr Lambert added.

“Visitors can talk to experts and meet any of the 222 breeds, from the most popular to vulnerable breeds, and a huge variety in between, including breeds that are new to the UK’s shores and those that yodel instead of bark.”

“We want people to enjoy lifelong relationships with their four-legged friends and urge potential dog owners to do their research, to meet the huge variety of breeds, and to use the information and resources we provide at Crufts and online, to really understand which breed and which breeder is right for them.”

Vulnerable native breeds (less than 300 puppy registrations in 2023):

  • Harrier: 0
  • Foxhound: 1
  • Otterhound: 18
  • Spaniel (Sussex): 27
  • Greyhound: 35
  • Skye Terrier: 36
  • King Charles Spaniel: 39
  • Collie (Smooth): 45
  • Irish Red & White Setter: 46
  • Bloodhound: 54
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier: 58
  • Mastiff: 69
  • Spaniel (Irish Water): 76
  • Spaniel (Field): 79
  • Welsh Corgi (Cardigan): 82
  • Retriever (Curly Coated): 83
  • Fox Terrier (Smooth): 89
  • English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan): 93
  • Kerry Blue Terrier: 96
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier: 102
  • Lancashire Heeler: 108
  • Lakeland Terrier: 109
  • Manchester Terrier: 110
  • Deerhound: 132
  • Sealyham Terrier: 136
  • Gordon Setter: 137
  • Norwich Terrier: 150
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier: 156
  • Spaniel (Welsh Springer): 167
  • Irish Wolfhound: 191
  • Spaniel (Clumber): 223
  • Bearded Collie: 232
  • Irish Terrier: 244
  • English Setter: 250
  • Bull Terrier (Miniature): 264

At risk (300 to 450 puppy registrations in 2023):

  • Bullmastiff: 321
  • Bedlington Terrier: 323
  • Welsh Terrier: 331
  • Old English Sheepdog: 359
  • Norfolk Terrier: 365
  • Parson Russell Terrier: 368
  • Fox Terrier (Wire): 378
  • Scottish Terrier: 406
  • Collie (Rough): 431
  • Cairn Terrier: 437
  • Pointer: 437

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