According to recent registration numbers leaked from the American Kennel Club, over half of new purebred dog registrations every year come from just 10 breeds. The list includes beloved favorites like the Labrador Retriever, German Shepherd, and Yorkshire Terrier.
Everyone loves Labs and Boxers, but what about the breeds at the other end of the spectrum? Which breeds see dwindling registration numbers every year? AKC data can show us which breeds had exceptionally low registration numbers — often less than 100 in the world.
The UK Kennel Club is a little more thorough. One of its missions is to preserve breeds from Great Britain and Ireland that are in danger of disappearing. By sharing the registration numbers for little-known breeds each year, it hopes to encourage dog lovers and breeders to keep the rare genotypes alive.
This article is packed with adorable pictures of 12 of the rarest dog breeds still in existence. Each of these breeds is in danger of vanishing within a generation, but for now, they’re still here to warm our hearts.
1.Dandie Dinmont Terrier
Dandies are one of the rarest terrier breeds. These extremely cuddly balls of fur were once working dogs, hunting rodents with proud determination. Nowadays, they’re more likely to appear as family pets, looking a bit like a cross between a Dachshund and a bathmat.
Globally popular terriers like the Yorkie are well-known today because they were exported from the UK before the war years. Dandies weren’t so lucky. Food rationing during the First and Second World Wars forced breeders to stop mating them.