Dog breeds

6 vulnerable dog breeds are gaining popularity since lockdown

Pembroke Welsh Corgis, Cardigan Welsh Corgis and Bedlington Terriers are among the dog breeds that have rebounded during lockdown, according to new research from the Kennel Club.

Despite being at risk of disappearing from the cities, statistics published by the animal welfare charity have revealed that Londoners have continued to widen the net when it comes to selecting the right dog – and not just picking the “most popular” breed.

the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, formerly a vulnerable British breed in 2014, has increased by 195% since the start of the pandemic – now ranking as the 20th most popular breed in London for the first time in almost 50 years. Elsewhere, other successes include the Bedlington Terrier (up 171%), the Parson Russell Terrier (100%), Welsh Terriers (82%) and the lake burrow (72%).

Parson Russell Terrier

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With many Britons flocking to the countryside following nationwide lockdowns, their research found that the rest of the UK chose larger breeds such as the English Springer Spaniel, Staffordshire Bull Terrier and german shepherds.

“We are so lucky to have such a wide variety of breeds in this country, and we are thrilled to see some of our previously overlooked canine companions enjoying a resurgence in popularity in the capital, especially some of our historic native breeds,” Kennel Club spokesman Bill Lambert said.

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Pembroke Welsh Corgi

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“We hope this is a sign that Londoners are starting to cast their net more widely when considering their dog breed of choice, although the French Bulldog remains a firm favorite in the nation’s capital. which can suffer from serious health problems and despite its popularity, it is not a breed for everyone.”

Described as a “welcome boost” among the more numerically small vulnerable breeds, it’s a brilliant step in the right direction. Hopefully people continue to rehome puppies in need.

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