English Setters at 'risk of extinction’

Thursday, 26th January 2012

Last year, there was a 33 per cent decline in the number of people buying dog food for English Setters.

This means that one of Britain’s oldest native dog breeds has become at risk from extinction for the first time.

Last year there were only 234 English Setters registered, according to Kennel Club registration statistics. A breed is thought to be at risk if less than 300 puppies are registered in a year.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Celebrities, popular culture and fashion play a big part in today's society and unfortunately, dogs are not immune from our fickle tastes.

"The latest victim is the English Setter, a wonderful and loyal breed, while the number of Siberian Huskies have more than trebled in this county in the last ten years."

Statistics also showed that the Royal Wedding had an impact on which breeds people are buying, as there was a massive increase in people getting a Cardigan Welsh Corgi. Registrations for this breed increased by 134 per cent.