We're Running Out of Corgis
Low registration may put them on Kennel Club's 'vulnerable' list
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Nov 7, 2013 8:23 AM CST
Corgis are poised to join the British Kennel Club's "vulnerable native breeds."   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – In a serious threat to adorable viral videos, it appears corgis are facing the dog-breed equivalent of endangerment. With just 241 Pembroke Welsh Corgis registered this year, the breed is currently on Britain's Kennel Club's "at watch list": if 300 aren't registered by January, they'll be considered a "vulnerable native breed," the New York Post reports. And reaching 300 "looks unlikely," the Kennel Club says of Queen Elizabeth's favored breed, per AFP. So what's hurting corgis' numbers? According to the Telegraph, it could be the matter of tail-docking, banned in Britain in 2007. Apparently breeders don't like the full-tail look: "We have lost a lot of our big kennels. A lot have just given up," despite demand for the dogs, says a breeder.

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Nov 7, 2013 11:52 AM CST
THIS IS POTENTIALLY *GOOD* NEWS! Breeds are all human creations; NOT products of natural selection! Breeding is a cruel, heartless abomination that produces an excess population, while shelters remain overburdened with beautiful animals full of love and needing a home. Pedigree dogs are a mindless human obsession with status and meaningfully corresponds to all other forms of irrational prejudice that we exhibit. All breeds, even Dobermans and pit bulls, so long as not taught otherwise, are gentle, faithful beings. Many if not most dogs on the streets are ones abandoned and put out by people who spent money on something they knew nothing about, only to find out it was work, expense, time and effort they were unwilling to give. Almost all dogs in pet shops come from "puppy mills". http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hex00WjSobE; http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-puppy-mills; http://www.shutdownpuppymills.com/; http://www.speakingoutforanimals.org/puppymills.html See what is wrong with breeding and "puppy mills": http://listverse.com/2013/06/01/10-terrifying-facts-about-professional-dog-breeding/; http://breedinginquiry.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/final-dog-inquiry-120110.pdf; http://www.startribune.com/local/216167431.html; http://www.peta.org/issues/companion-animals/puppy-mills-dogs-abused-for-the-pet-trade.aspx; http://www.care2.com/causes/abusive-dog-breeder-convicted-of-91-counts-of-animal-cruelty.html;
Nov 7, 2013 10:19 AM CST
I have no problem with banning tail docking. My personal beliefs are that no animal should be maimed or killed for fashion alone. If there is a medical reason or the animal is being used as a food source, then that is different than for fashion alone. Animals should not be maimed or killed to satisfy a fashion need period!!
Nov 7, 2013 10:12 AM CST
I have a feeling this is like the widely reported news stories of the past that said redheads would become extinct in the future. Much ado about nothing. http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/genetic/redhead-extinction.htm