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.

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