BRITISH & IRISH DOG BREEDS PRESERVATION TRUST
An Interview With Billy Browne-Cole
Fionnuala Malone Introduces Roger Good
Fionnuala Malone Introduces Tony Manning
Fionnuala Malone Introduces Ted Barry
Fionnuala Malone Introduces John Foley
Fionnuala Malone Introduces Don Munro
crew: The costumed canine eccentrics fighting to save our endangered
native dog breeds © Dan Burn-Forti taken
for the Independent on Sunday review
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BRITISH & IRISH
DOG BREEDS PRESERVATION TRUST
August 2004 a group of “dog people” held a meeting to
discuss the plight of our native British & Irish dog breeds. The
extremely low registration figures of some of these breeds were discussed
and those of us present decide it was time to try and do something to
protect these breeds.
From this meeting the British & Irish Dog Breeds Preservation Trust
was born. The aims of the “Trust” may appear quite simple Education,
Preservation and Promotion. However
reversing the downward spiral of many of these breeds is far from simple!
There is no quick fix solution for this problem; it will, I believe,
take many years of dedicated work to ensure the future of these breeds.
Did you know that in 2007 only 37 Skye terrier puppies were registered
in the UK? Compare this figure with more than 46,000 Labrador puppies
being registered in the same time frame and you will begin to realise
how serious this problem is.
Why are these breeds suffering from such a low level of popularity? With
many of the breeds it is simply a matter that people have forgotten they
exist. When I take my Skye terriers out for a walk I am invariably stopped
by people running over and asking “What is it? I’ve never
seen a dog like that before”. Naturally if people aren’t
aware that a breed exists they will not consider that breed when they
are looking for a dog, therefore it is important that we remind people
about these breeds. There really is a breed on the list to suit any lifestyle
and any dog loving owner.
At present the “Trust” is working to preserve 22 breeds that
we consider endangered they are:
Glen of Imaal 26 puppies register in 2007
Skye Terrier 37 puppies registered in 2007
Otterhound 41 puppies registered in 2007
Sussex Spaniel 61 puppies registered in 2007
Smooth Collie 63 puppies registered in 2007
Sealyham Terrier 65 puppies registered in 2007
Field Spaniel 67 Puppies registered in 2007
Welsh Cardigan Corgi 68 puppies registered in 2007
Irish Red & White Setter 93 puppies registered in 2007
Manchester Terrier 113 puppies registered in 2007
Dandie Dinmont Terrier 124 puppies registered in 2007
English Toy Terrier 128 puppies registered in 2007
Norwich Terrier 128 puppies registered in 2007
Smooth Fox Terrier 137 puppies registered in 2007
Lancashire Heeler 146 puppies registered in 2007
Irish Water Spaniel 162 puppies registered in 2007
Clumber Spaniel 223 puppies registered 2007
Kerry Blue Terrier 267 puppies registered in 2007
Irish Terrier 271 registered in 2007
Miniature Bull Terrier 294 registered in 2007
Lakeland Terrier 296 registered in 2007
Welsh Terrier 377 registered in 2007.
Sadly you will see that 12 of the 22 breeds on our list are terriers
but as you can see from the figures all of these breeds really do need
our support to ensure their future. One of the things we do at
the Trust is to attend shows, game fairs Kennel Club events etc to try
and bring these breeds to the public’s attention.
At Crufts this year we held a parade of endangered breeds in the main
ring. The parade was held on Best in Show day with all of the handlers dressed
as historical character connected to their breed. We had John Gray and Bobby
the Skye, the Duke of Newcastle with his Clumber Spaniels, Beatrix Potter and
her Lakeland terrier and many more beside. This parade was hugely popular with
the audience and gained a lot of much needed publicity for the endangered breeds. We
have to remember that these breeds are a part of our living heritage, we must
do something to safeguard their future. There is a lot of work to be done if
we are to preserve them, you can do your part by becoming a member of the Trust.
Membership is only £10 per person a year so please consider joining;
it really is a worthwhile cause. To get a membership form or further information
you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit our website www.nativebreeds.org where
you can download a membership application form and learn more about us.
Secretary British & Irish
Dog Breeds Preservation Trust.