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Corgis 'Vulnerable' in Britain as Fewer Purebreds Registered

By    |   Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 08:26 PM

Pembroke Welsh corgis, the Queen’s favorite dog, are now listed as “vulnerable” by Britain’s Kennel Club because numbers of the purebred dogs registered in 2014 dropped significantly.

The Kennel Club places any dog whose breeding numbers drop below 300 on the “vulnerable” list. In 2014, 274 corgis were registered, a 16 percent drop from 2013.

But those decreased numbers are only true for England.

“Everyone chill out, corgis are not becoming endangered,” Business Insider wrote in a headline.

“Unlike the U.K., the Pembroke Welsh corgi continues to be very popular in the United States,” Hillary Prim, of the American Kennel Club, told Business Insider. “Its happy, agreeable nature and adaptability have perhaps played a role in the breed staying consistent at the 24th most popular spot in the U.S. over the past decade (plus or minus a spot or two from time to time).”

In England, the breed’s association with Queen Elizabeth may be part of the reason for the dog’s decline. The corgi has been associated with older people, and younger people may not consider them a strong candidate for pets, a corgi owner speculated to the Daily Mail.

Queen Elizabeth recently announced she would not add any more dogs to her household because of fears she may trip over the small animals, The Express reported. Although she had eight corgis as one time, she now has two.

“The fact is she worries about too many dogs around her feet and the danger she will trip up and hurt herself badly. She is after all 88 and not getting any younger,” a senior courtier told the Express. “Her corgis are getting on a bit and move along at a sedate speed but a young dog would obviously be very lively and much more active. Her main fear is that if she fell and broke her arm or even a leg she would not be able to perform her duties for many weeks if not months, and that would upset her greatly.”

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Pembroke Welsh corgis, the Queen's favorite dog, are now listed as "vulnerable" by Britain's Kennel Club because numbers of the purebred dogs registered in 2014 dropped significantly.
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