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New British Heritage Dog Breeds website goes live!

It is often said that Britain is a nation of dog lovers and for centuries the British and their dogs have been inseparable. Life here in the UK without our beloved dogs would be unthinkable.

However, the future of a significant number of British (and Irish) breeds is under threat. Breeds which have been here for a thousand years like the Otterhound, breeds immortalised in literature like the Skye and the Dandie Dinmont Terriers and breeds which have been owned by the rich, the royal and the famous, like the Clumber Spaniel and the Sealyham Terrier; all are now so very rare that, unless something is done soon, they may one day be lost forever.

Since 2004 there have been many initiatives to raise the profile of these breeds to the public and to try and attract new enthusiasts with varying degrees of success. Now is the time to move up a gear; for these breeds to work together as a group; to exchange views and information and to collaborate on future projects for the benefit of all. A central meeting point is needed where like-minded enthusiasts can make contact with each other, exchange ideas and work together in an informal but effective way.

Now all this will be possible with the new interactive website as the hub, set up by breed enthusiasts, for breed enthusiasts, who believe that a new direction and new ideas are needed if these breeds are to flourish.

The time has come to cast off the ‘vulnerable’ tag, with all its negative baggage and ‘re-brand’ ourselves as British Heritage Breeds. Just like an ancient building or a fine work of art, these British Heritage Dog Breeds need to be preserved for future generations to cherish and enjoy.

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