That means they are now officially on the Kennel Club Vulnerable Native Breeds list, which includes those native dog breeds with 300 or fewer puppy registrations annually.

The low figure means they have fallen below the minimum number needed to ensure that a breed’s population is sustained properly.

Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club, said: “The Pembroke Welsh Corgi is one of the country’s most iconic dog breeds and so it is worrying to see the breed dip to a historic low and become one of our vulnerable breeds for the first time ever.”

It is thought the Pembroke Welsh Corgi has suffered from being so closely associated with an older type of dog lover.

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Of the 3,000 dogs featured at the Rose City Classic dog show, about 1/3 of the 175 breeds represented are considered rare, according to Patti Strand, organizer of the event.

Several of the rare breeds featured at the show are considered among breeders to be endangered, according to Strand. Breeds that lose their historic role are especially vulnerable, she said.

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