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Are Corgi’s At Risk Of Extinction?



You would think that being the queen’s favourite dog breed would make the Corgi extremely popular. Maybe it did a long while ago, as Corgis have been in British Royalty since the 1930’s but today they have suffered a big fall in popularity. Queen Victoria has always had Corgi’s, we have seen them at Royal events and they even made an appearance in a video shown during the Olympics. They are a very well know dog breed but that doesn’t necessarily mean everyone wants to own one.

The Pembrokeshire Welsh Corgi’s numbers have been in decline over the last few years. Now, for the first time ever they have made their way onto the Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable dog breeds. Dog breeds make it onto this list when there are fewer than 300 puppies registered. In 2014 there were only 274 new Corgi puppies registered in the UK. Other dog breeds currently on the Kennel Club’s list of vulnerable dog breeds include smooth Collies, Irish Red Setters, Deerhounds, King Charles Spaniels and Lakeland Terriers.

It is difficult to say why this lovely breed has fallen out of the spotlight. A few possible reasons could be that it is seen as an older person’s dog, the breed has become less popular since tail docking was banned and it has competition from breeds such as the French Bulldog. We don’t understand why this charming, great natured breed has been overlooked so much. Corgi’s are intelligent, playful and loyal dogs that are great with kids. They have long bodies and very short legs and always seem to be smiling, which naturally adds to their appeal.

Caroline Kisko of the Kennel Club ‘Any breed, which has fewer than 300 registrations in a year is classified as being vulnerable. From a genetic point of view it means their gene pool can drop and this can have consequences for any breed in terms of their future breed health.’

It’s also rumored that even the Queen won’t be getting any more Corgis because they are a tripping hazard for her. It’s sad news for the Corgi but hopefully their numbers will pick up in 2015 and we won’t lose this well known British breed. Kisko also said 'It would be incredibly sad not to see this quintessentially British breed in our streets and parks in a few generations’ time.’

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