Dog breeds

9 British and Irish Dog Breeds – Popular, Rare and Vulnerable

Looking to adopt a native dog breed? The UK has an incredible variety of dogs from all over Britain and Ireland, but have you heard of the lesser known breeds?

“Although some breeds are better known than others, such as Labradors and Cockers, there are other breeds that you may not have considered, or even are unfamiliar with, despite their wonderful characters and their interesting heritage,” Ciara Farrell, Library and Collections Manager, The Kennel Club says country life.

“Of course, anyone looking for a dog should remember that his behavior and temperament always depend on his training, socialization and individual personality.”

To help you pick the breed that’s right for you, the Kennel Club has listed nine dog breeds whose history takes us across the British Isles. From very popular to rare and vulnerable, take a look at the puppies below…

1. Shetland Sheepdog

“Easily recognizable by their beautiful, rich coats, Shetland Sheepdogs are strong, active and intelligent herding dogs native to the Shetland Islands,” Ciara explains. “Their gentle temperament and gentle nature make them a favorite family companion, but they are also known to be active, strong and agile dogs.”

2. Lancashire Heeler

Ciara tells us: “Lancashire Heelers are small dogs with big personalities, and as their name suggests, they hail from the Ormskirk area of ​​Lancashire, where they were originally bred as herders. cattle. Belonging to the Pastoral group, the breed’s ancestors include the Welsh Corgi and the Manchester Terrier. They are lively and loyal dogs that make excellent family companions.”

3. Bedlington Terrier

“Bedlington Terriers originated in the mining town of Bedlington in Northumberland and are easily recognized by their distinctive lamb-like appearance. The origins of the breed are often debated, but are thought to include the Bull Terrier, Otterhound and the Dandie Dinmont Terrier,” says Ciara. .

“They are good-natured, affectionate dogs who enjoy new adventures with their owners.”

4. Sussex Spaniel

“As its name suggests, the Sussex Spaniel originated in Sussex in the 18th century and can be traced most specifically to Rosehill Park in Brightling. Although the breed’s numbers have remained consistently low since the death of the breed’s founder, M AE Fuller, they are an exceptionally friendly and laid-back breed.”

5. Norwich Terrier

“The smallest of the terrier breeds, Norwich Terriers make up for their size with a lovable personality and great energy. Very closely related to the Norfolk Terrier of the same name, the main difference between the two are their ears! The Norfolk Terrier has a ‘ “drop-eared”, while the Norwich Terrier has “prick-eared”. Although small, they are a strong, hardy dog ​​and can be very active, and Norwich and Norfolk Terriers have lovely temperaments.”

6. Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Staffordshire Bull Terriers are another British breed, originating in the “black country” of Staffordshire and North Birmingham.

Ciara adds: “They are a good-natured breed that is often referred to as the ‘nanny’ dog. They feel most at home with a family and are known to be very intelligent and affectionate, especially with children. “

7. Clumber Spaniel

“The origins of this breed date back to around 1770, thanks to Henry, the 2nd Duke of Newcastle who is associated with the founding of the Clumber Spaniel. The breed takes its name from the family seat, Clumber Park in Nottinghamshire, and has a long history of being favored by royalty – King Edward VII and his son George V had Clumber Spaniels at Sandringham.They are a very intelligent breed but they do require regular grooming due to their profuse coat.

8. Welsh Corgi Cardigan

“You are no doubt familiar with the ‘Queen’s favourite’, the Corgi, but there are actually two types of Corgi – the Pembroke Welsh Corgi and the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, the latter of which is unfortunately listed as a Vulnerable Native Breed, due to its low number of puppy registrations,” says Ciara.

“It is believed to have existed in Wales for over 3,000 years, its name coming from Cardiganshire, Wales, now better known as Ceredigion. Although a small breed , they are known to be active and intelligent.”

9. Kerry Blue Terrier

“Despite its name, the Kerry Blue Terrier is descended, like other native Irish terriers, from terriers found throughout rural Ireland. The breed was previously very popular as an all-purpose farm dog and was used for herding, herding, guarding, hunting and retrieving.. They have since seen their numbers dwindle and are now listed as a vulnerable native breed.They have a very distinctive coat and color, which require weekly grooming.

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