It would be very sad to no longer see this historic and much-loved breed in our streets and parks in a few generations’ time.” President George W Bush carries his dog Barney as First Lady Laura Bush holds Miss Beazley (Image: GETTY) Scottie dog is a popular Monopoly playing piece (Image: GETTY) As breeds such as Scotties cause concerns over their continuing decline in popularity, the rise of the French bulldog has created its own worries.
This is despite the dogs being hard to train and unsuitable for life in towns.French bulldogs, like the ones owned by celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Lady Gaga, are also becoming more popular, even though they are renowned for suffering from various health problems.Caroline Kisko, secretary at The Kennel Club, said: "The Old English Sheepdog is one of our most iconic dog breeds but you rarely see one now, so the historic lows we're seeing are particularly worrying.
"It is a breed with a good temperament that can make a lovely family pet, but it also needs a lot of grooming and exercise so is not suitable for the fast-paced urban lifestyles of many people.
Breeds like French Bulldogs are being made more fashionable by celebrities (Image: GETTY)
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"There are 221 pedigree dog breeds - each with their own unique characteristics and care needs - so everybody can find a suitable breed for them if they take the time to do their research and match their dog choice to their lifestyle."Other breeds in trouble include the Scottish terrier, the Manchester terrier and the field spaniel, which has had no puppies registered in the first quarter of this year.The Sussex spaniel has seen registrations rise from zero to 26 in the same period, however, while the Sealyham terrier increased by 280 per cent.