According to the Kennel Club, formerly popular native dog breeds, such as the Queen’s favourite Pembroke Welsh Corgi, are declining due to the rising popularity of small foreign breeds.
While the French Bulldog has made it into the top ten most popular dog breeds for the first time this year, the number of West Highland White Terriers and Cavalier King Charles spaniels registered has dropped by half, according to new statistics.
A Kennel Club spokesman said “The number of Pembroke Welsh Corgis have dropped so dramatically that it is likely to become a ‘vulnerable native breed’ by the end of the year.”
British dog breeds are classed as ‘vulnerable’ by the Kennel Club if fewer than 300 puppies are registered in the space of a year. Only 241 Pembroke Welsh Corgis have been registered this year so far.
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “Small dogs are becoming much more popular and whilst in some cases this is because they may be a better fit for particular lifestyles, it is also because people are buying on impulse and going for the most obvious or fashionable choices.”
The French Bulldog, popular with celebrities including Jonathan Ross and Reese Witherspoon, has seen the largest boost in numbers. The Kennel Club reports a 50% rise in the number of registrations in the first three quarters of 2013 alone, with 4,843 dogs registered so far this year.
Other breeds to receive a boost in popularity include the Smooth Coated Chihuahua, Boston Terrier, Pug and Long Coated Chihuahua. Despite this, former favourites such as the West Highland White Terrier have dropped out of the top ten for the first time, with registrations declining by 30 per cent so far this year, compared to the same period in 2012.
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