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The English Setter has come off the Kennel Club’s list of native dog breeds that could be at risk of extinction, after registrations increased by 25 per cent in 2012 – the breed increased from 234 to 314 registrations, which means that the breed has now moved onto the Kennel Club’s ‘At Watch’ list.
    The Old English Sheepdog, which entered the Kennel Club’s At Watch List last year, has also seen a 7 per cent increase, taking it to 429 registrations. Other breeds that have significantly increased in popularity include the English Toy Terrier (Black and Tan), the Sussex Spaniel and the Irish Water Spaniel.
    However, there has been a significant decline of the Smooth Fox Terrier, by 46 per cent to just 94 registrations, and of the Clumber Spaniel, by 56 per cent to 151 puppy registrations.