The Pembroke Welsh corgi has been listed as a vulnerable dog breed by the Kennel Club (KC) for the first time in the breed’s history.
The breed has been steadily declining since its peak in 2006, when there were almost double the number of the breed registered with the KC.
The breed is now officially on the KC’s vulnerable native breeds list, which includes those native dog breeds with 300 or fewer puppy registrations annually, meaning they fall below the minimum number needed to ensure a breed’s population is sustained properly.
In total there are 29 breeds on the list, including the Dandie Dinmont terrier, the Irish red and white setter. However, foreign breeds are reaching new heights.
The French bulldog is the country’s fourth most popular pooch, with registrations of the breed increasing by 38% since 2013.
There has been a staggering 1,724% increase in the breed since 2004, with registrations increasing from 350 to more than 9,000.
Caroline Kisko, KC secretary, said: “The Pembroke Welsh corgi is one of the country’s most iconic dog breeds and so it is worrying to see the breed dip to a historic low and become one of our vulnerable breeds for the first time.
“We compile a list of vulnerable native breeds to raise awareness of some of our oldest and historically best-loved breeds of dog that are struggling to compete with newer breeds that are more fashionable.
“Crufts is coming up in March and this is a great opportunity for people to discover the 215 breeds recognised in this country as, currently, half of all dogs registered in the UK are from the top 10 breeds, with the other lesser known breeds sadly trailing far behind.”
Debbie Richardson, a KC-assured breeder of Pembroke Welsh corgis said: “Pembroke Welsh corgis are such fantastic all-round dogs that are intelligent, fun and incredibly loyal, but their popularity is waning as we are simply failing to attract younger people to the breed’s charm.”