Concerns over Corgi population, as numbers fall by ten percent
It has been revealed that the number of Pembroke Welsh Corgis is steadily falling.
Only 333 of the dogs – which are known to be a favourite of Queen Elizabeth – were registered last year, according to the Kennel Club’s ‘watch list’. This is down from 371 recorded in 2011.
There are even more drastic results for the Cardigan Welsh Corgi, which has been listed as ‘vulnerable’, as there were only 94 births of the species last year.
Corgi expert Diana King blamed the decline on new regulations. She told dailymail.co.uk: “They are healthy and hardy and often too intelligent for their own good.”
She continued: “The demand is there, I certainly can’t breed them fast enough. But many older breeders stopped once the rules came in that prevented tail-docking as they feel it spoils the overall looks of the dog.”
The Kennel Club have also said that it is important for owners to pick a dog breed that fits in well will their lifestyle.
However, there is some good news for other British dog breeds. For example, there has been a 25 per cent increase in the number of new English Setter puppies in the homes and dog beds of owners in 2012. This takes it to above the 300 mark, which is the level deemed to classify a breed of being near extinction.
Also to see a rise in number is the Old English Sheepdog (7 per cent) and the Coated Wheaten Terrier, which has increased from 433 in 2011, to 455 this year.