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At Risk Dogs 2023: Here are the 10 breeds of adorable dog at risk of extinction in Britain - including the loving Skye Terrier 🐕

While some domestic breeds have seen their popularity soar over lockdown, others are heading towards extinction in the UK. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
While some domestic breeds have seen their popularity soar over lockdown, others are heading towards extinction in the UK. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

Many of us welcomed new puppies to our families over the last two years, as the Kennel Club saw dog ownership soar over the global pandemic.

But the growing popularity of imported breeds like the French Bull Dog mean that some of the UK’s formerly well-established native breeds are dwindling towards extinction on these shores.

A total of 32 breeds are now ‘considered vulnerable’ by the Kennel Club, having fallen below 300 annual registrations. including such previously-popular pups as the King Charles Spaniel and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi.

The Skye Terrier breed found fame with Greayfriar's Bobby, the wee Edinburgh dog who refused to leave his master's grave. Despite this, they are the dog second most at risk of extinction, with just 36 registered in 2020 after a slight resurgence in the previous two years. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Skye Terrier breed found fame with Greayfriar's Bobby, the wee Edinburgh dog who refused to leave his master's grave. Despite this, they are the dog second most at risk of extinction, with just 36 registered in 2020 after a slight resurgence in the previous two years. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

Even the Skye Terrier, the breed famous for loyalty and typified by Edinburgh’s Greyfriar's Bobby, is at risk.

Kennel Club Secretary, Caroline Kisko, said: “We could lose even more of our most iconic and historic native dog breeds if people don’t look beyond the most obvious choices and start to explore the huge diversity of breeds we’re lucky enough to have in this country.”

So, if you’d like to help one of the UK's struggling breeds, opt for one of these instead of the usual Labrador Retriever or Springer Spaniel.

Here are the 10 most at risk breeds of dog in the UK.

The Otterhound, a type of scent hound, is the British breed most at risk according to the Kennel Club. There were only seven registered last year, compared with 44 the year before, and it's thought there may be as few as 600 animals left worldwide. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The Otterhound, a type of scent hound, is the British breed most at risk according to the Kennel Club. There were only seven registered last year, compared with 44 the year before, and it's thought there may be as few as 600 animals left worldwide. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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A characterful breed originally bred to track deer, wild bore and, since the middle-ages, people, only 36 Bloodhounds were registered last year, putting them joint third in this list. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
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Also known as the Wicklow Terrier, the adorable Glen of Imaal Terrier joins the Bloodhound in third spot with just 36 registrations in 2020. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Also known as the Wicklow Terrier, the adorable Glen of Imaal Terrier joins the Bloodhound in third spot with just 36 registrations in 2020. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)

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Known for their clownish and energetic temperament, the Sussex Spaniel is one of a number of at-risk UK spaniels. There were just 44 registrations in 2020, and no more than 74 registrations in each of the last 10 years. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Known for their clownish and energetic temperament, the Sussex Spaniel is one of a number of at-risk UK spaniels. There were just 44 registrations in 2020, and no more than 74 registrations in each of the last 10 years. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Originally bred to herd sheep, Smooth Collie numbers have struggled over the last decade, never reaching triple figures on any given year. In 2020 a total of 72 dogs were registered with the Kennel Club. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Originally bred to herd sheep, Smooth Collie numbers have struggled over the last decade, never reaching triple figures on any given year. In 2020 a total of 72 dogs were registered with the Kennel Club. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
One of the more surprising entries on this list is the King Charles Spaniel. As recently as 2012 over 200 hundred of the big-eyed breed were being registered each year - in 2020 it was down to just 56. They can be distinguished from the similar Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from their slightly smaller size, short muzzle and upturned nose. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The tallest of the UK's spaniel breeds, the Kennel Club only received 57 new registrations for Irish Water Spaniels in 2020. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
The tallest of the UK's spaniel breeds, the Kennel Club only received 57 new registrations for Irish Water Spaniels in 2020. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Yet another of the at-risk spaniels, the Field Spaniel was bred to be a show dog and had 69 registrations in 2020 - good news, since it was the highest figure since 2016. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
Yet another of the at-risk spaniels, the Field Spaniel was bred to be a show dog and had 69 registrations in 2020 - good news, since it was the highest figure since 2016. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
While the Labrador Retriever is currently the UK's most popular dog, its close cousin, the equally friendly Curly Coated Retriever, is struggling with just 55 registered in 2020. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)
While the Labrador Retriever is currently the UK's most popular dog, its close cousin, the equally friendly Curly Coated Retriever, is struggling with just 55 registered in 2020. (Photo: Canva/Getty Images)