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Skyeterriers
There were only 37 Skye Terrier puppies registered with the Kennel Club in 2010

Vulnerable Native Breeds are a group of dog breeds originating in the United Kingdom and Ireland, and identified by The Kennel Club (KC) as having annual registration numbers of 300 puppies or fewer within the UK. The need for such a list was first identified in June 2003, with research conducted by the KC to identify the extent of the vulnerability and viability of each breed. It was a joint project, with the KC working with the British and Irish Native Breeds Trust, later to be known simply as the Native Dog Breeds Trust. The breeds on the list have been promoted at events such as Discover Dogs and Crufts, and by asking that owners of these breeds mate their dogs rather than having them spayed.

The majority of the list come from the Terrier Group, a group mostly derived from breeds with backgrounds in the British Isles. The most marked drop in popularity is that of the Sealyham Terrier, which registered 1,084 breeds in 1938, but by 2004 was registering only sixty dogs a year. In October 2011, British magazine Country Life highlighted the breed on its front cover, with the heading "SOS: Save our Sealyhams," and launched a campaign to save the breed. The Otterhound, popular during the time of Henry VIII, has numbers of less than a thousand world wide and is described by the British & Irish Dog Breeds Preservation Trust as "twice as rare as the Giant Panda."

The list was originally compiled in January 2006, and included 28 breeds. Later in 2006, the Miniature Bull Terrier was added. In 2007, after consultation with the breed clubs involved, the Bloodhound, Gordon Setter and King Charles Spaniel were re-classed as "Viable" rather than vulnerable. The English Setter is the newest addition to the list, having been added for the first time in 2012. However, during 2012 the number of English Setter puppies registered increased to 314, so the breed was moved to the Kennel Club's "At Watch" list, which is for breeds with registrations from 300-450. Breeds on the "At Watch" list included in 2013 the English Setter, the Old English Sheepdog, the Irish Terrier, the Irish Wolfhound, the Welsh Springer Spaniel, the Pembroke Welsh Corgi, and the Welsh Terrier.

Listed breeds

Key
*Former vulnerable breeds now viable breeds
**Former vulnerable breeds now watch list
***Former vulnerable breed
Table
Breed[A] Group 2002 Registrations 2005 Registrations 2011 Registrations 2012 Registrations 2013 Registrations Ref
Bloodhound* Hound Group 80 104 59 50 51
Bull Terrier (Miniature) Terrier Group 278 275 216 192 161
Collie (Smooth) Pastoral Group 85 72 75 88 82
Dandie Dinmont Terrier Terrier Group 148 149 98 120 105
English Setter** Gundog Group 568 450 234 314 326
English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan) Toy Group 56 103 95 126 115
Foxhound Hound Group 5 9 0 11
Fox Terrier (Smooth) Terrier Group 167 212 137 94 122
Glen of Imaal Terrier Terrier Group 48 45 67 57 55
Gordon Setter* Gundog Group 250 309 306 273
Greyhound Hound Group 24 49 14 30 40
Irish Red and White Setter Gundog Group 99 120 119 89 82
Irish Terrier** Terrier Group 198 270 277 306 362
Kerry Blue Terrier Terrier Group 244 277 212 210 169
King Charles Spaniel* Toy Group 150 193 180 217 169
Lakeland Terrier Terrier Group 269 330 247 208 221
Lancashire Heeler Pastoral Group 125 166 98 104 103
Manchester Terrier Terrier Group 86 140 152 124 198
Mastiff (English) Working Group 476 173 140 139
Norwich Terrier Terrier Group 153 131 158 170 194
Otterhound Hound Group 54 50 38 37 42
Retriever (Curly Coated) Gundog Group 79 82 62 71 118
Scottish Deerhound Hound Group 231 264 237 260 236
Sealyham Terrier Terrier Group 58 58 63 76 68
Skye Terrier Terrier Group 59 30 44 42 17
Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier*** Terrier Group 277 321 433 372
Spaniel (Clumber) Gundog Group 170 192 271 151 247
Spaniel (Field) Gundog Group 84 86 46 47 29
Spaniel (Irish Water) Gundog Group 145 106 101 148 101
Spaniel (Sussex) Gundog Group 82 77 52 74 55
Welsh Corgi (Cardigan) Pastoral Group 56 77 108 94 102
Welsh Terrier** Terrier Group 270 326 415 352 447
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