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Diminishing breeds?
KC highlights the plight of vulnerable native breeds

The Kennel Club is using Discover Dogs 2004 on the 13 and 14 November at Earl’s Court 2, to highlight the plight of 28 native British and Irish breeds that are now considered ‘vulnerable’ as their status within the world of dogs has diminished over recent years.

Welsh Terriers are just one of the breeds affected and the Kennel Club used Meg to highlight the possible fate of all the vulnerable breeds, which could end up preserved in a glass case in the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum, Tring.

The Kennel Club has already started work to redress the balance and by working with breed clubs and the British and Irish Dog Breeds’ Preservation Trust they intend to do everything in their power to help the breeds concerned. Initiatives include promotion and education to prospective owners to help increase their popularity in a measured and sensitive way at various shows, country fairs and other events. There will also be a parade of vulnerable breeds at Discover Dogs as well as at Crufts in March 2005.

Said Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, "We are very grateful to the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum in Tring for allowing us to use their historical collection of preserved dogs for our Discover Dogs launch. The vulnerable native breeds are a very important matter for the Kennel Club and we feel dog lovers themselves hold the key to arresting the decline of our native breeds by giving serious thought to owning one of them and instigating a new era for British breeds at their best.

With 202 breeds available to UK dog owners, and over 180 breeds appearing at Discover Dogs, dog lovers really are spoilt for choice, but we should not forget these well established, sometimes ancient British breeds, as it would be a travesty if they became extinct from our shores."The Vulnerable Native Breeds include:

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.