With its distinctive physique and pointed ears, the Scottish terrier is one in every of Britain’s most immediately recognisable canine.
A favorite of Queen Victoria and several other US Presidents, Scotties have been used to promote whisky and shortbread, and even immortalised as one of many taking part in items in Monopoly.
However specialists have warned that they may very well be worn out as they fall out of favour as a household pet in favour of ‘designer’ breeds such because the cockapoo.
The Kennel Membership has positioned Scotties on its ‘at-risk’ register, after an all-time low of simply 438 puppies had been registered final yr. Within the 1950s, it was one of the crucial well-liked canine in Britain, with hundreds registered yearly.
Kennel Membership secretary Caroline Kisko blamed a scarcity of celeb house owners for its sharp decline in recognition. ‘Breeds just like the Scottie are merely being forgotten,’ she warned.
‘If a breed doesn’t have a high-profile proprietor, it may be arduous to get recognition from new pet consumers. And lately there isn’t a celeb champion of the Scottie.’
That wasn’t all the time the case. The breed has been beloved by three US Presidents – George W. Bush, Dwight Eisenhower and Franklin D. Roosevelt – and one First Woman, Jackie Kennedy.
It has additionally featured on Walker’s shortbread biscuits, Black and White whisky and Radley purses.
Scotties had been first recorded in Britain within the 16th Century, once they had been used on Highland farms to hunt rats, foxes and badgers. They later turned established as household pets.
Stuart Airplane, from Seaham, County Durham, who has bred Scotties for greater than 40 years, stated: ‘They’re loveable, loyal and reliable. They’ll go wherever you need, stroll within the hills or on a highway, and journey effectively in a automobile or on a ship. They’re undoubtedly not lapdogs they usually don’t like being nursed and held on a regular basis.
‘They make good guard canine as a result of they’ve a powerful bark and massive tooth however they don’t chew and are nice with youngsters.’
Til Tovey, secretary the Scottish Terrier Membership of England, added: ‘It could be very unhappy if we not see this historic and much-loved breed in our streets and parks in a number of generations’ time. Scotties are brimming with character however can typically be somewhat cussed.’
The Kennel Membership’s annual ‘at-risk’ checklist – launched forward of the Crufts canine present on the Birmingham NEC subsequent month – additionally makes grim studying for lovers of different much less well-liked breeds.
he Irish crimson and white setter has lengthy been on the checklist – and with simply 51 puppies registered final yr, specialists worry the breed is dying out. The once-familiar Previous English sheepdog can also be beneath menace.
Different endangered breeds embody the soft-coated wheaten terrier, the parson russell terrier, the bullmastiff, the otterhound, the Sussex spaniel, the Skye terrier and the curly-coated retriever.
Mrs Kisko stated: ‘We may lose much more of our most historic canine breeds if folks don’t look past the obvious decisions and begin to discover the large variety of breeds that we’re fortunate sufficient to have on this nation.’