10 February 2018 | Dog Advice

UK's Most Vulnerable Dog Breeds

In recent years there has been a rapid decline in certain dog breeds that were popular choice in many UK households. With the increase in mixed breeds, ultimately this has had a profound impact on the popularity of some of the firm favourite dog breeds.

Listed below are some vulnerable UK dog breeds:

Bloodhound

Bloodhound

The Bloodhound is famous for their sense of smell and their infamous folds of skin. They have adorable long ears and are able to give off the impression that they’re extremely sad, by portraying a mournful expression. This dog breed does tend to slobber and this can be very frequent, they also have a distinct musky odour that can become very potent. Unfortunately, as amazing as this dog breed is, it has become increasingly unpopular over the years with very little registrations with the Kennel Club.

Sussex Spaniel

Sussex Spaniel

This gorgeous little doggie is becoming increasingly unpopular as the years go by. This dog breed is similar to the Scottish terrier; both have a long body and very short legs. They’re very confident and can be feisty at times. Most of the time they act aloof to strangers, unless they’re probed too much.

Otterhound

Otterhound

The Otterhound is a gorgeous dog breed, but not very popular amongst UK households. If you go to Crufts or some kind of champion show, you will have most likely had the pleasure of meeting one. One of the reasons we believe that this dog breed has decreased in popularity over the years is because of their very large size and rugged nature. This dog breed has been known to weigh in at almost 52kg. Their coat is weather resistant and therefore prone to becoming very dirty and them trailing lots of mud into the family home. However, this dog is truly sweet and has a lovely nature, but they’re slowly dying out and are in danger of becoming almost extinct.

King Charles Spaniel

King Charles Spaniel

This dog breed is not to be confused with the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. The King Charles spaniel has lots of health issues and often these are genetic. Many often have the early on-set of mitral valve disease, hip dysplasia, luxating patellas, and issues with their hearing and vison.

Field Spaniel

Field Spaniel

This dog breed is a mix of the Cocker spaniel and the Sussex spaniel in the late 19th century. Unfortunately, this gorgeous looking dog breed is near enough extinct. This is very sad as this dog breed has a delightful nature and wonderful temperament. They make great family pets and are especially good with children.

English Setter

English Setter

No one is totally sure why this dog breed has become unpopular over the years. The sad fact is; not a lot of breeders are breeding the Red and White Setter and there is not so much of a demand for this dog. They do require lots of exercise and they’re particularly large, but then there are also other dog breeds equal in size and the need for such vigorous exercise.

Why are these dog breeds unpopular?

It would seem that these listed dog breeds have never been that popular like others such as the Labrador retriever or Cocker Spaniel. The good news is that they still exist and there are some dog breeders determined to keep these dog breeds still existing.

With there being such more information available to educate yourself further on the different types of dog breeds and their temperament, this gives potential dog owners a better informed decision and knowledge to choose a dog breed that they’re better suited to.

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