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6 Declining Dog Breeds (Slideshow)

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5. Old English Sheepdog

Old English Sheepdogs have long been known as an ideal family pet — but that hasn’t stopped their continual decline, both in the United States and in their native U.K. They do require a good deal of grooming, and the big dogs are just not the ideal match for an increasingly urban population. They’re on a U.K. watch list for vulnerable breeds. Stateside, the Old English sheepdog has dropped 11 spots in the past decade.

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Katie Waldeck

Katie is a freelance writer focused on pets, food and women’s issues. A Chicago native and longtime resident of the Pacific Northwest, Katie now lives in Oakland, California.

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3:00AM PDT on Apr 18, 2014

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5:13AM PST on Jan 10, 2014

Referring to living beings as "out of style" is truly disgusting. People who buy a dog only because it's cute, popular or small, as well as the ones breeding them, are absolutely revolting.

3:57AM PDT on Sep 8, 2013

wow, they are all such cute dogs... and the English sheepdog....thats sad but lots of work but if you love that particular breed, then there isnt a problem...just devotion.

12:01PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Szkoda, bo to piękne psy, chociaż i tak najpiękniejsze są kundelki.

4:34AM PDT on Jul 29, 2013

Thank you; a couple of surprises here, especially the Old English Sheepdog. i know a couple of people who have them and they really are a lot of hard work!

2:15PM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

I feel proper breeding has a lot more to do with some of this than heredity - I have had pugs, the last 2 I got as adults. I never had a problem with breathing, or with the eyes "popping out" as some have mentioned. I did notice that when looking at pics of properly - bred pugs that the eyes are not overly prominent, regardless of what the breed standards mention.
Also, on a hot day pugs are likely to be under a tree, or in air conditioning - I remember my male pug living with my mom and I in a mobile home with evaporative cooling (swamp cooler) - he would perhaps lay on his back sometimes on the tile floor, or sometimes in front of a fan - like any other dog - neither pug seemed to have problems breathing.

8:57AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

side note, many "breeds" end up with health issues since people think smushed faces are cute (major breathing/eating issues) or think shorter legs are endearing (hip issues, walking/jumping problems) We need to leave them alone. This whole breeding frenzy is pointless, whatever happened to having a dog to have a healthy, happy loyal friend to give extra love to?

8:55AM PDT on Jul 7, 2013

I love our mutt :)

4:02AM PDT on Jun 28, 2013

Oh no! I love English Sheepdogs, it's worrying that they're on a list for vulnerable breeds.

1:20PM PDT on Jun 27, 2013

Im gonna adopt a Pekingese

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People with a low immune system should be careful also.

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