Vulnerable Breeds Project - KC Press Release

177.03 (Dated 17/11/03)

In June of this year the Kennel Club announced that research would be undertaken to identify and confirm those breeds of dog which are basically of British or Irish origin and may be considered to be vulnerable i.e. those whose numbers are declining and whose status within the world of dogs has diminished over a number of years. The Irish Kennel Club has also agreed to take part in this project as far as it relates to Irish native breeds.

The work carried out so far has concentrated on those breeds which achieve 300 or fewer registration each year in the UK, and statistics have been pulled together to identify the relevant breeds and the extent and nature of their vulnerability. A list of those breeds identified meantime, is given below:

Bloodhounds, Deerhounds, Greyhounds, Otterhounds.

Gordon Setters, Irish Red & white Setters, Curly Coated Retrievers, Clumber Spaniels, Field Spaniels, Irish Water Spaniels, Sussex Spaniels.

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, Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers, Welsh Terriers. Smooth Collies, Lancashire Heelers, Cardigan Welsh Corgis.

English Toy Terriers (Black & Tan), King Charles Spaniels.

The Kennel Club has now approached all the registered clubs of the breeds concerned, for their views and has enclosed a questionnaire to help identify ways in which each club currently works with breeders, owners and show societies, to promote their breed. It is anticipated that by gathering this information from all of the breeds involved, an analysis will help to identify ways of improving each breed's situation. The timescale for returning the questionnaire has been extended until the end of December.

It is the Kennel Club's intention to keep in contact with all of the breed clubs as the project develops. When the analysis of the responses has been carried out, the Kennel Club will endeavour to decide, in consultation with others, how best to take the project forward to the next stage.