When a particular breed, like the Labrador Retriever, Shih Tzu or the German Shepherd, becomes increasingly popular among people of all ages, it drives other breeds to abandonment or extinction. What we don't realise is that incredible efforts went into developing different breeds of each, and driving them to extinction reduces our chances of loving dogs with different personalities.
In accordance with CBS, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and other data that surveyed dog breeds at the risk of extinction, here are the top 18 dog breeds who need to be revived for their courage, intelligence, love, and loyalty:
These charismatic, athletic breeds were once bred to hunt and protect. However, today, they are the ones that need protection. Chippiparais are found in Tamil Nadu and certain parts of south India in declining numbers. They face the risk of extinction because of the popularity of breeds like the Labrador, Golden Retriever, and German Shepherd. Once a breed owned by royalty, Chippiparais are fierce protectors yet affectionate lap dogs. They are perfect for Indian summers and need minimal grooming - even during the shedding season!
Eyes so droopy, it makes you want to fall in love with them every time. Bloodhounds are among the best scent hounds - they can track a trail of scent from miles away! They were originally used for scent work with the police. With fewer people requiring Bloodhounds for scent work, this majestic, lovable breed stands on the brink of extinction.
3. Pembroke Welsh Corgi
The Queen of England might be one among the few who have Corgis. Unfortunately, royal patronage isn't helping the breeds' slump in popularity. With only 300 Corgis left, the breed faces a significant risk of extinction. Corgis are known for their affectionate, playful personality and those cute wiggly butts!
4. Scottish Deerhound
Ever heard of this breed? No? Well, you're not alone. The Scottish Deerhound is increasingly rare to find and relatively tiny in number today. Scottish Deerhounds most easily resemble a foal in size. They are known to be the 'Royal Dog of Scotland' and were bred to hunt the giant wild red deer. Gentle, dignified, and versatile, Scottish Deerhounds have it all!
5. Indian Mastiff
Once bred for the dogfighting ring, Indian Mastiffs find themselves fighting extinction. A primary reason for the breed's decline in numbers is an increased incidence in the number of aggression cases that stems from little knowledge on the breed's personality and how to raise them.
6. Irish Red and White Setter
Only 82 of these beautiful dogs remain, despite efforts to revive the breed. Irish Red and White Setters are ancestors of the popular Irish Setter. Bred to hunt birds, Irish Red and White Setters are dogs that are incredibly courageous yet extremely affectionate and mild-mannered.
7. Gordon Setter
With the intelligence and personality of a five-year-old child, it does come as a surprise that Gordons are few in number today. Gordon Setter are charismatic, playful, affectionate, and sensitive dogs who just enjoy being with their family!
8. Irish Wolfhound
The Irish Wolfhound - the closest you'll ever get to raising a wolf. The breed finds itself in decreasing numbers because of its personality and a lack of knowledge on how to raise this unusual breed.
9. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
This comes as a surprise to everyone, but these lovable spaniels are very few in number - which is also why they are very expensive. Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are vivacious dogs with a spark of affection and sensitivity in them!
This hard-working canine finds itself at the bottom of the favourite breeds' list because of indiscriminate breeding and a lack of appreciation of the breed's personality and needs. A dog with a heart as big as its size, Mastiffs are all about pure love and unconditional companionship.
11. Norwich Terrier
Believe it or not, Norwich Terriers were used to keep rats and foxes out of farms. Highly affectionate and perfect for apartment living, Norwich Terriers thrive on physical and mental exercise despite their tiny size!
As the name goes, Otterhounds were used for hunting otters. Close to only 1000 left in the world, Otterhounds are the most endangered breed in Britain. A breed rarer than the giant Pandas, Otterhounds need to be revived for their loyalty, charisma, affection, and intelligence.
13. Rampur Greyhound
Rampur Greyhounds are shy, sensitive, alert, and faithful breeds. They've been around for over 300 years - loving humans and protecting them. However, in recent times, with increased popularity in foreign breeds, indigenous breeds like the Rampur Greyhound have lost their original charm.
Bakharwals or Kashmiri Sheepdogs are in far less number than you can imagine. With only a handful in North India, Bakharwals are declining because of the reduced need to guard livestock or protect villages. Moreover, urban living spaces cannot accommodate a dog like the Bakharwal because of its size and activity needs.
Like the Bakharwal, Pandikonas are fierce guardians of both livestock and people. They prefer outdoor living over urban city life, making them a less suitable choice for first-time and experienced pet parents.
16. Sussex Spaniel
Fun fact - the Sussex Spaniel is the only breed to howl when it catches the scent of prey. Sussex Spaniels are energetic pups with a sort of clownish behaviour that always keeps their parents entertained. With fewer of these wonderful dogs, efforts are being made to revive the breed in all its courage, charisma, and curiosity!
17. Skye Terrier
Incredibly beautiful and extremely affectionate, Skye Terriers are at a low 20 in the number of registered dogs. Known as the breed with a heart of a lion, courage, versatility, and athleticism run in their blood.
18. Glen of Imaal Terrier
A name that speaks grandeur, the GI Terrier, are in decreasing numbers with only 79 across the globe. They are affectionate, playful, energetic, and surprisingly calm dogs when exercised sufficiently and socialised well.
Every breed is unique in personality and unparalleled in loyalty and affection, then why are some breeds preferred over others?