Registrations of Scottish terriers have fallen so quickly that the Kennel Club has placed the breed on its “at watch” list.
The number has dropped by 38% in the last five years, the organisation said.
It has placed Scotties on the “at watch” list because the number of puppy registrations fell 12 below the 450 threshold last year.
It is far from the only native British breed at risk.
Twenty-nine breeds are now deemed “vulnerable” by the Kennel Club – up from 24 a decade ago – meaning there are fewer than 300 registrations a year.
Among them are the Bloodhound, the English Setter, the Irish Wolfhound and the King Charles Spaniel.
In an attempt to reverse the decline, the club has launched a #savebritishdogbreeds campaign.
The French Bulldog is now the UK’s most popular dog.
The Scottie – which has been used to advertise shortbread and is one of the Monopoly pieces – is described as a “small companion dog with plenty of character and an independent streak” and “brimming with personality”.
Til Tovey, secretary of the Scottish Terrier Club of England, added: “It is so sad to see this wonderful and well-recognised breed, which is affectionate, loyal and intelligent, steadily decline in popularity as more fashionable choices take over.”
Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said people should look “beyond the most obvious choices and start to explore the huge diversity of breeds we’re lucky enough to have in this country”.
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