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Famous ‘Dulux’ dog breed Old English Sheepdog at risk of becoming extinct in Britain, Kennel Club warns

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THE famous “Dulux” dog breed is at risk of be­coming extinct in Britain.

Just 98 Old English Sheepdog puppies have been registered with the Kennel Club this year.

That is a 67 per cent slump compared with 20 years ago, when the breed was regularly seen in the paint firm ads.

The Club ­— which has been logging pedigree dogs since 1873 — will class it as “vulnerable” if the decline continues.

A spokesman for the Kennel Club said "There has been a steady decline in the popularity of the breed over the years and in 2018 it recorded its lowest number of registrations ever with just 384 puppies registered.

"By contrast, more exotic and fashionable breeds such as the Alaskan Malamute - a breed with a wolf-like appearance similar to ‘Ghost’, the dire wolf in the popular TV series Game of Thrones - have seen an increase this quarter.

Secretary Caroline Kisko said: “It’s one of our most iconic dog breeds but you rarely see one in our streets and parks any more.”

“We would expect the numbers to have declined over the years as a result of lifestyle changes - it is a breed with a good temperament that can make a lovely family pet but it also needs a lot of grooming and exercise and so is not suitable for the fast-paced urban lifestyles of many people.

"But sadly it seems that TV, celebrities and advertising campaigns, rather than responsible research, are normally the guiding force behind our choice of dog breed and which breeds move in and out of fashion."

According to Kennel Club data there are 29 Vulnerable Native Breeds in total and nine on the 'At Watch' list.

For more information on finding the right breed for your lifestyle visit www.thekennelclub.org.uk/find-a-breed

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