Vulnerable British Breeds- Original KC Press Release

VULNERABLE BRITISH BREEDS 087.03 (Dated 25/6/03)

The Kennel Club's prime responsibility is to promote in every way the general improvement of dogs. It is also particularly concerned, of course, to protect those breeds of dog which are of British origin and are considered to be vulnerable i.e. those whose numbers are declining and whose status within the world of dogs has diminished over a number of years.

A decision has now been made by the Kennel Club that, over the next few months, research will be undertaken to identify and confirm the relevant breeds and the extent and nature of their vulnerability.

Before the Kennel Club begins to discuss what measures should be put in place to improve the position of these breeds, it believes that it is important to define what is a vulnerable breed, and to conduct sensible research into each breed's particular situation. Whatever conclusions are reached and whatever it is decided requires to be done, it is imperative that the measures taken are effective, long-lasting and sustainable.

The Kennel Club will eventually wish to offer help to breed clubs and to do whatever is necessary in order to attempt to ensure a better and successful future for these breeds. Once the initial research is complete and clubs have been approached for their views, further consultation will take place with all interested parties.

Meantime, however, it is important first to conduct the required research. As developments occur and decisions are made further press releases will be issued.