Thursday, January 20, 2022


Dulux dogs are facing extinction as owners shun them for more fashionable breeds

We might not be seeing the Old English Sheepdog in parks anymore as more fashionable breeds rise in populari..

By admin , in England , at June 17, 2019

EDWe might not be seeing the Old English Sheepdog in parks anymore as more fashionable breeds rise in popularity

We might not be seeing the Old English Sheepdog in parks anymore as more fashionable breeds rise in popularity (Picture: PA)

Dog owners who opt for more fashionable breeds are pushing The Old English Sheepdog into extinction, the Kennel Club has warned.

The organisation said just 98 puppy registrations for the dog – popularly known as the Dulux dog – were made in the first quarter of 2019.

A spokesperson said the iconic dog has now been added to its At Watch list for the first time, making it among the breeds of dogs of which there are between just 300-450 annual registrations.

And if numbers dont spike, the breed could be added to the Vulnerable Native Breeds list, classified as less than 300 annual puppy registrations.

The spokesman said: There have been 98 puppy registrations so far this year, compared to 30 in the same period in 2018 – a 200% increase.

Thomas practicing for his new role as the Dulux dog in London this afternoon (Tuesday). The old English Sheepdog, from Prince Risborough, Buckinghamshire, won the oppourtunity to star in the paint adverts after beating 150 other hopefuls in regional competitions. Phtoo by Stefan Rousseau/PA.

The breed became iconic after being used for the Dulux adverts (Picture: PA)

Kennel Club Secretary Caroline Kisko said the historic lows in Old English Sheepdogs were particularly worrying.

Advertisement

Advertisement

She added that lifestyle changes could account for the decline and added: 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.

Caroline added that the TV and celebrity dogs can be the guiding force behind peoples choice of dog breeds.

She said: For example the Alaskan Malamute, which resembles the dire wolf in Game of Thrones, has increased in popularity this quarter, despite being difficult to train and generally unsuitable for urban environments.

Old English Sheepdog sitting on beach.

Read More – Source

[contf]
[contfnew]

METRO

[contfnewc]
[contfnewc]

Comments


Leave a Reply


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *