Gun­dog breed could soon be­come “ex­tinct” in the UK

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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

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