Corgi Breed “Vulnerable” in the UK, the Opposite in the US

12 February 2015 ~ 2 Comments

When I think of Corgis, many things come to mind. Besides their cute butts and smiles, what I think of is that Corgis come from Wales, which is part of the United Kingdom. But if you’re under the impression that you’ll see a bunch of Corgis on the street during your trip to the UK, you’re wrong.

Just recently, the British Kennel Club have released a statement that the Corgi breed is dying out in the United Kingdom. It looks like less than 300 Corgis were registered in the UK in 2014. The same club also estimates that there are less than 5000 Corgis left in the UK, and their numbers are diminishing each year.

Queen Elizabeth II, who has owned more than 30 Corgis during her life, has declared that she won’t be adding more Corgis to her pack. This is not because she stopped loving Corgis, but because they are a tripping hazard for an 88-year old.

Queen and Corgis

In the United States, however, Corgis are more popular than ever. Our beloved breed has reached and stayed at the 24th most popular spot in the US over the past decade. The American Kennel Club has reported that over 5000 Corgis were registered in the US in 2013. This is without taking into account mixed breeds or Corgis that were not registered with the AKC.

It looks like Corgis aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. For me, this is sort of bittersweet. More Corgis means that we will be seeing more cute pics of fluffy butts and smiley faces, but it also means that more Corgis will end up abandoned in shelters or on the streets.

So, in closing, I’d like to remember everyone that having a dog is a big responsibility. Dogs should not be given or bought as surprise presents. Buying or adopting a dog should be a family decision and all the aspects of owning a dog should be discussed and taken into consideration.

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