By Ewan Palmer:
January 25, 2012
English Setter 'Risking Extinction': Top 10 Most Vulnerable Breeds [SLIDESHOW]
One of Britain's oldest native dog breeds, the English Setter, has for the first time become at risk of extinction.
The breed only numbered 234 registrations last year, according to Kennel Club registration statistics released today, a 33 percent decline on 2010. There has been a decline of almost two thirds in the number of English Setters today, compared to ten years ago.
A breed is deemed to be at risk of extinction when it numbers less than 300 puppy registrations each year.
Falling significantly below this number, the English Setter is now one of 25 species on the Kennel Club's Native Vulnerable Breeds list.
English Setter 'Risking Extinction': Top 10 Most Vulnerable British Dog Breeds [SLIDESHOW] - International Business Times