English Dogs in Decline

Some say "celebrity dogs" led to unpopularity of traditional English breeds.

Purebreds in Danger?

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In the United Kingdom, the canine rules. Without the Welsh Corgi, Queen Elizabeth would appear far less warm and fuzzy. That is as hard to imagine as a Great Britain without the great tradition of an Englishman and his dog. But today, the quintessential English pure bred may be dying out. The U.K. Kennel Club is blaming celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears for making so-called "designer dogs" like Chihuahuas dangerously popular and contributing to the decline of the traditional breeds.

Greyhounds: The Greyhound, a dog primarily bred for hunting and racing, has become a diminishing breed in the U.K., despite its reputation for being a kind, wonderful pet. (Laszlo Balogh/Reuters)

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