From Yorkshire terriers and golden retrievers to Basset hounds and poodles, there are a whole range of different dog breeds to choose from when you set out to buy a puppy.

However, it seems that certain types of pooch are proving to be significantly more popular than others, and this has resulted in some breeds having their numbers drop significantly.

In fact, the Kennel Club has revealed that English Setters dropped to less than 300 registrations at one stage last year, which is the point at which the organisation deems a breed to be vulnerable.

However, it appears that the English Setter is fighting back, as it has now been reported that registrations increased by 25 per cent in 2012, taking the breed off the Vulnerable list.

“Everybody is talking about the post Olympic baby boom but perhaps the celebration of our British heritage in 2012 has helped lead to a revival of some of our native breeds," said Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko.

“Fashion and profile have the most influential impact on dog choice and we are pleased to see there is still a place in people's hearts and homes for our British vulnerable breeds. Many are still at risk but there has been significant improvement in some breeds."

It is true that English Setters require large amounts of care, plenty of premium dog food and long walks to keep them fit and healthy, but if you are willing to dedicate the time and effort to raising one of these dogs you're sure to be rewarded.

Fran Grimsdell, a Kennel Club Assured Breeder of English Setters, said: "English Setters need company and cannot be left alone for long periods but they can be marvellous with children and make such wonderful family pets."

So if you are planning on buying a puppy this year, rather than going for the obvious choice, why not do your research and see if the English Setter could be for you?

Written by: Hannah