Famous breeds join soon-to-be extinct list
The number of Old English sheepdog puppies registered with the ennel Club this year has dropped to 316, while less than 450 offspring of the Pembroke Welsh corgi breed have been confirmed.
As a result the Kennel Club has placed them on its list of endangered breeds, along with 30 others including the wheaten terrier and Welsh terrier.
Sharon Tolliday, an old English sheepdog breeder from Suffolk, told The Sunday Times a ‘misapprehension’ that the breed is ‘high maintenance’ and the public’s preference for smaller dogs has led to its decline.
She added: ‘When Dulux adverts originally came out we were inundated. They were very popular but their popularity had dwindled.’
Pembroke Welsh corgis have been a Royal Family favourite for more than 70 years, with the Queen owning 16 of the famous herding dog.
The Kennel Club will be releasing its watchlist this week, ahead of its Discover Dogs show in London next month to encourage people to choose the vulnerable breeds.
Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “People often go for the most obvious or fashionable dog choice, which isn’t necessarily the right one for them.”