For the first time ever, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi breed has been placed on a list of endangered breeds in the United Kingdom, as a result of a small number of puppies being registered this year. Only between 300 and 450 Pembroke Welsh Corgi puppies have been registered, even after registration increased by 10% after the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, earlier this year.
Sharon Tolliday, an old English sheepdog breeder from Suffolk, said that this is happening because most people prefer to buy or adopt a smaller breed, and also there’s a misconception that Corgis are high maintenance.
Many English breeds face extinction due to the fact that the public prefers more exotic breeds like the Chihuahua or the Husky. Husky registrations have more than tripled in the last 10 year in the UK. Caroline Kisko, secretary of the Kennel Club said: “Celebrities, popular culture and fashion play a big part in today’s society and, unfortunately, dogs are not immune from our fickle tastes. People often go for the most obvious or fashionable dog choice, which isn’t necessarily the right one for them.”
The good news is that Cardigan Welsh Corgi registrations have increased in 2012, compared to 2011.