The spokesman said: ‘There have been 98 puppy registrations so far this year, compared to 30 in the same period in 2018 – a 200% increase.’Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko said the ‘historic lows’ in Old English Sheepdogs were ‘particularly worrying.’
She added that lifestyle changes could account for the decline and added: ‘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 and so is not suitable for the fast-paced urban lifestyles of many people.’
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Caroline added that the TV and celebrity dogs can be the guiding force behind people’s choice of dog breeds.She said: ‘For example the Alaskan Malamute, which resembles the dire wolf in Game of Thrones, has increased in popularity this quarter, despite being difficult to train and generally unsuitable for urban environments.‘Breeds such as the French Bulldog, often seen with celebrities yet which can require a lot commitment due to potential health problems, continue to rise in popularity.’
According to Kennel Club data there are 29 Vulnerable Native Breeds in total and nine on the ‘At Watch’ list. The Pembroke Welsh corgi, beloved of The Queen, soared almost 20% in registrations. Another iconic breed which is on the At Watch list is the Scottish Terrier, with registrations falling 17% compared with last year.