While some rare dog breeds are high in demand, others seem to drop in numbers and start falling off the list. It’s hard to believe that some of these dogs had been quite popular in recent years too. In this article, we uncover some of the dog breeds that are slowly, but surely disappearing.
#1: Sealyham Terrier
This breed comes from Wales, and only a mere 123 of them were registered in 2013. The breed is known for its distinctive looks, inquisitive and loyal nature.
The otterhound is considered to be England’s rarest dog breed with only 24 puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2017. Originally bred for hunting otters, they are fun-loving and great with kids.
#3: Norwich Terrier
Norwich Terriers come from the UK and is known as the smallest terriers in the world. The Kennel Club has noted that registrations for these companion dogs have dropped to less than 200 annually.
#4: Sussex Spaniel
Known for their hunting ability, the Sussex Spaniel is also facing dwindling registration numbers. It is the only hunting breed that howls when it catches the scent of its prey.
In 2013 the UK Kennel Club had a very low 51 registrations for this breed. The numbers have been climbing recently though and this trailing dog might enjoy its place at the top once more.
#6: Cardigan Welsh Corgi
The tiny Cardigan Welsh Corgi is known for its high energy levels and was first bred in Wales. They are very intelligent little dogs but can be stubborn and difficult to train.
#7: Scottish Deerhound
The Scottish Deerhound is known for its wiry coat, long slender legs and loving temperament. The breed comes from the Scottish highlands, and has seen a decline in numbers over the past couple of years.
#8: Gordon Setter
Gordon Setters were bred to hunt birds and is a relative of the Setter family which includes the Irish Setter. Gordon Setters are considered a vulnerable breed with decrease in numbers worldwide.
#9: Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound is often confused with the Scottish Wolfhound. The difference is seen in their build and their size – the Irish Wolfhound is much larger than the Scottish Wolfhound. The decrease in numbers are ascribed to a bottleneck in the gene pool of this breed.
#10: DandieDinmont Terrier
This doggy with an afro is originally from Scotland. It has short legs with a long body, similar to a dachshund, and a curly head. Recently, only 105 of the DandieDinmont Terrier was registered.
As you have noted, all the breeds featured on the list originally come from the UK including Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Whether it’s because of rare and exotic tastes, or problematic gene pools, these dogs may not be around for much longer. Let’s hope they don’t disappear completely!