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Rare British Breeds

In this blog we take a look at British dog breeds featuring on the vulnerable breed list.

Buddies Pet Insurance - Rare British Dog Breeds - OtterhoundsTopping the list is the Otterhound with only 24 puppies registered with the Kennel Club last year. The otter-what I hear you say? This fairly unknown large breed belongs to the hound group and was originally bred to hunt otters both on land and in water. Otterhounds tend to be friendly and eager to please. The breed have webbed feet and generally weigh between 36 to 52 kg.

We caught up with proud Otterhound owner Nikki to find out what she loves about the breed.

‘I personally think the best thing about the breed is their gentleness considering their size. The worst thing about the breed for me is the mud they are capable of bringing into the house during winter months.’

‘Otterhounds are clumsy, gentle, entertaining, thieving, stubborn dogs. Not that different to some teenagers.’ Says Nikki.

Nikki’s Otterhound ‘Scruffy’ is simply adorable. He even has his own Facebook fan page.

Joining the Otterhound on the vulnerable breed list is a breed from the opposite end of the size spectrum. The Skye Terrier only had 40 registrations in 2017 and is closely followed by the Glen of Imaal Terrier. Both breeds are small with the Skye Terrier originating in Scotland, and the Glen of Imaal Terrier originating in Ireland.

The Skye Terrier is said to be a particularly loyal breed. You may have heard the story of Greyfriars Bobby, a dog owned by a Scottish shepherd. When his master died, Bobby returned daily to the grave for 14 years where he was fussed and fed by local residents. When Bobby died in 1872 a monument was erected in Greyfriars churchyard in Edinburgh.

Waggy Tales - Diane & DougieAlso on the vulnerable breed list is the Field Spaniel with only 50 registrations in 2017. Field Spaniels have a darker fur with no undercoat like other Spaniels. The average Field Spaniel stands at 43 to 46 cm tall and weighs between 18 to 25 kg. The Field spaniel tends to be super active and inquisitive. They are also said to be a great breed to participate in agility.

Do you breed any of the above mentioned breeds? We would love to hear from you. Email us at Hello@Buddies.co.uk.

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