Having recently posted about the most popular - or one might prefer to call them the "common dogs" I thought it best to give some equal time to the uncommon dog. I will focus on the clubs who make it easiest to find this information, the AKC and the Kennel Club. What I particularly like about the Kennel Club is that they track dogs native to the UK who are "threatened" or facing extinction due to low numbers registered, usually over a number of years.
As of 2011 (still waiting for 2012 stats to be released) the AKC recognizes 173 breeds. The 20 breeds with the fewest registered are as follows (working our way down to the least common of all, the American Foxhound.)
|American Water Spaniels|
|Glen of Imaal Terriers|
|Polish Lowland Sheepdogs|
|Dandie Dinmont Terriers|
** Lundehunds and Xoloitzcuitli's first year of official AKC recognition was 2011.
* Buhunds second year of official AKC recognition was 2011.
Dog Trivia: the founder of the American Foxhound was George Washington, who bred his English Foxhounds to local hunting dogs to create a uniquely American version of the hound. A taller, faster hunter than the English, the American Foxhound has always had a limited but devoted following.
[Harriers fill the hunting gap between the Foxhound and the smaller Beagle...back in the day this used to be a more note-worthy gap...they are a cheerful dog, quieter and larger than a Beagle.]
I find that my poor little blog is getting overwhellmed by the amount of data I'm asking it to hold in this post, so I shall have to break this post in two...the endangered local breeds of the Kennel Club will be featured in the next post.