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Monday, January 7, 2013

Less Commonplace II: Kennel Club's vulnerable native breeds

In the first part of this blog series, I posted the 20 least common breeds according to the ACK. In this post we will look at the list that compromises what the Kennel Club calls vulnerable native breeds - breeds native to the UK with less than 300 dogs registered per year (usually significantly less, such as 8 - 30.)

The list is somewhat revised from that first put out in 2006 (the Gordon Setter and Bloodhound are not currently on the list though they have been in the past.) 2012 did show some increase in vulnerable breed numbers -- this however is a relative increase, for example the Glenn of Imaal had 7 pups registered in the first six months of 2011, and 35 in the first six months of 2012 (these numbers are for pups registered with the Kennel Club; each national club keeps separate records.)

Irish Red & White Setters 
Clumber Spaniels 
 Field Spaniels 
Irish Water Spaniels 
Sussex Spaniels 
Miniature Bull Terriers 
Dandie Dinmont Terriers 
Smooth Fox Terriers 
Glen of Imaal Terriers 
Irish Terriers 
Kerry Blue Terriers 
Lakeland Terriers 
Manchester Terriers 
Norwich Terriers 
 Sealyham Terriers 
 Skye Terriers 
Welsh Terriers 
 Smooth Collies 
Lancashire Heelers 
Cardigan Welsh Corgis 
English Toy Terriers (Black & Tan) 
(English Toy has also been known as the Manchester Toy Terrier)

Those who have personal experience with any of these breeds are welcome to share here - I like to encourage people to consider adopting the less common breeds - word of mouth can help breeds that not everyone is familiar with.


  1. I have to say... I am in shock at some of these breeds! Seriously in shock. In fact... speechless. (and it is very rare that I am speechless!)

    1. I agree Sue. I know that the Smooth Collie, for example, has always been less popular than the Rough -- considering though, that when I was a child the Collie was one of the most popular dogs, I was really surprised that they're numbers have fallen so much.

      I would be interested in knowing which breed other people were most surprised to see on this list.

  2. I am surprised by greyhounds being vulnerable. Here in North America we are still racing them, and more people are realizing what lovely dogs they are to adopt after their racing years are done.

    On the other hand, less people need ratters (therefore, less terriers) and hunters (therefore less of the larger spaniels). Still, I am surprised that some of the more "laid back" or companion terriers are vulnerable (like the Sealy or the Norwich), given how many people are looking for smaller, low-shed dogs.

    1. It is always interesting to me to see which dogs are vulnerable; I also find it interesting that some breeds are currently popular almost everywhere, such as the Labrador and Golden Retriever. From what I've seen, people sometimes fail to consider which breed will be the best fit for them and their lifestyle and obtain a dog because it is popular with others. That tends to end badly for people and dog.