The variety of dog breeds is a wonderful thing, and to see breeds die out is one of the saddest things, the see a breed that will never be seen again is truly heartbreaking!
It appears that there will be some breeds of dogs that are in serious danger of going extinct, can you believe it?
The United Kingdom has about 220 pedigree breeds, however, the six of the top breeds are French Bulldog, Cocker Spaniel, Labrador, Pug, Bulldog, and English Springer Spaniel.
Out of these, the breed named the favorite was Labrador, in face other breeds are getting so neglected that the Kennel Club has put together a list of forgotten breeds, see more about the list below!
On the list though, as you will see below, the Otterhound is the most endangered dog in the whole of the UK, only 24 puppies were registered in 2017.
After this the next most endangered is the Skye Terrier, such a beautiful little puppy, they were used to hunt foxes and badgers, they are bold and fearless and incredibly loyal.
Only 40 of these little marvels were registered last year, so sad to think of this amazing breed disheartening from existence, is beyond words!
Then there is the magnificent Glen of Imaal Terrier, they are small what they lack in height they more than make up for it in their might! These are a native Irish breed that was developed as badger hunters, they are sturdy and strong!
The Terrier only had 48 registered in 2017, even more of a surprise though is the King Charles spaniel, it’s on the endangered list too!
What is going on that all these breeds are dying out, it’s a mystery we need to solve, it’s the breeds we really need to save!
Endangered dog breeds in the UK organized by the number of puppy registrations in 2017:
Otterhound – 24
Skye Terrier – 40
Glen of Imaal Terrier – 48
Spaniel (Field) – 50
Retriever (Curly Coated) – 53
Spaniel (Sussex) – 56
Collie (Smooth) – 60
Spaniel (Irish Water) – 69
Irish Red and White Setter – 70
Fox Terrier (Smooth) – 82
English Toy Terrier (Black and tan) – 84
Bloodhound – 88 Norwich Terrier – 91
King Charles Spaniel – 112
Lancashire Heeler – 119
Dandie Dinmond Terrier – 130
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) – 141
Kerry Blue Terrier – 152
Manchester Terrier – 160
Mastiff – 166
Sealyham Terrier – 167
Bull Terrier (Miniature) – 189
Lakeland Terrier – 196
Gordon Setter – 255
English Setter – 261
Spaniel (Clumber) – 265
Deerhound – 266
So how come the UK is ignoring these fabulous breeds of dogs??
We all seem to be a little sheepish, at least like sheep in that we follow each other in the latest trends and what is popular…
The Kennel Club would like to get everyone to think hard when you make a decision to buy a breed of dog and try to get a less heard of breeds, help preserve the amazing variety of dog breeds around the world!
But more than that there are thousands of dogs that need a good home and to be adopted in rescue centers all over the world!
The moral of the story is to adopt don’t shop but of course, do your best to keep even the most unpopular breeds going by adopting or buying them…
Every little will help, please spread the word and SHARE with friends family and everyone you know.