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The Queen's Corgis designated a 'vulnerable' breed as Pembroke Welsh dogs … – Telegraph.co.uk

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.

Debbie Richardson, a Kennel Club Assured Breeder of Pembroke Welsh Corgis, whose dog Bailey won Best Dog at Crufts last year, said; “Pembroke Welsh Corgis are such fantastic all-round dogs. They are intelligent, fun and incredibly loyal, but their popularity is waning as we are simply failing to attract younger people to the breed’s charm.

“Sadly, it is seen as an old person’s dog and young people aren’t buying or responsibly breeding the dogs. It would be incredibly sad to no longer be able to see this charismatic, quintessentially British breed in our streets and parks, in a few generations’ time. ”

In total there are 29 breeds on the Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable breeds, including the Dandie Dinmont Terrier, the Irish Red and White Setter and the Sussex Spaniel.

There are four breeds on the 'At Watch’ list, because they number between 300 and 450 registrations, including the English Setter and the Old English Sheepdog.

The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been on the At Watch list since 2009, when it first fell below 450 annual Kennel Club registrations.

Whilst many native breeds are declining in popularity, some foreign breeds are reaching new heights.

The French Bulldog, owned by the likes of Jonathan Ross, Reese Witherspoon and Hugh Jackman, has continued to enjoy a rise in popularity, with registrations of the breed increasing by 38 percent since 2013, making it the country’s fourth most popular breed.

There has been a 1,724 percent increase in the breed since 2004, with registrations increasing from 350 to more than 9,000.

Miss Kisko said: “We compile a list of Vulnerable Native Breeds in order to raise awareness of some of our oldest, and historically best loved breeds of dog, that are struggling to compete with newer breeds that are more fashionable.”

She said Crufts, which opens on March 5 at the Birmingham NEC, offers an opportunity for people to discover the 215 breeds recognised in this country.

Half of all dogs registered in the UK are currently from the top ten breeds, with the other lesser known breeds trailing far behind in numbers.

The Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable native breeds in full:

Bloodhound

Bull Terrier (Miniature)

Collie (Smooth)

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Deerhound

English Toy Terrier (Black & Tan)

Fox Terrier (Smooth)

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Gordon Setter

Irish Red & White Setter

King Charles Spaniel

Kerry Blue Terrier

Lakeland Terrier

Lancashire Heeler

Manchester Terrier

Mastiff

Norwich Terrier

Otterhound

Retriever (Curly Coated)

Sealyham Terrier

Skye Terrier

Spaniel (Clumber)

Spaniel (Field)

Spaniel (Irish Water)

Spaniel (Sussex)

Welsh Corgi (Cardigan)

Welsh Corgi (Pembroke)

Irish Wolfhound

Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier

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