Gundog breed could soon become “extinct” in the UK
Numbers of Irish red-and-white setters have hit a 30-year low, prompting concerns that this gundog breed could disappear for good in the UK.
The Kennel Club says just 63 puppies were registered last year and only two in the first quarter of 2017, compared with 20 in the same period last year.
Overall, there has been a 70 per cent decrease in registrations since the breed’s peak in 1995.
The Kennel Club and the Irish
Red and White Setter Club of Great Britain believe there is simply no public appetite for the breed.
Kennel Club secretary Caroline Kisko said: “The Irish red-and-white setter is a wonderful breed and would make a great family pet or working dog, but there is simply no demand for them because people
do not know they exist.”
Concern Numbers of Irish red-andwhite setters have hit a 30-year low