Labrador knocks French bulldog off top spot, but British breeds still under threat

Labrador knocks French bulldog off top spot, but British breeds still under threat

New data from The Kennel Club (KC) has shown the Labrador retriever has “reclaimed the throne” as Britain’s top dog after briefly being usurped by the brachycephalic French bulldog.

However, The KC has warned the shape of the UK’s favourite dogs is shifting as breeds from the continent continue to dramatically rise in popularity, while native British breeds are declining – with some so unpopular they could be at risk of disappearing.

Of the 10 UK breeds that have risen the quickest in popularity since 2015, 9 are of foreign origin versus 1 historically native breed.

Rising breeds include the dachshund and Pomeranian, the chow chow from China and the Japanese shiba inu.

Pushed aside

Comparing the UK’s favourite breeds today to 10 years ago, iconic British favourites such as the West Highland white terrier, boxer, Staffordshire bull terrier and border terrier – which used to be in the top 10 – have been pushed aside in favour of the more European and en vogue French bulldog, Dachshund and miniature schnauzer (both of German decent).

While dogs from across the globe are increasing in popularity, one of Britain’s oldest native dog breeds, the pointer, has for the first time become at risk of extinction.

Popularity slashes

The pointer’s popularity has slashed almost in half in a decade, while its continental cousin, the German shorthaired pointer, is up 25% across the same period.

Similarly, the historic Parson Jack Russell terrier, made famous by award-winning silent film The Artist, could return after 10 years to the KC’s official “Vulnerable Native Breeds” list – devised for native dog breeds that have fallen below 300 annual puppy registrations and could risk disappearing.

Compared to the same period in 2018, the iconic British breed has seen a 23% decrease in registrations so far this year, and if this rate of decline continues, will find itself back on the list of those at risk of extinction. In total, 16 vulnerable native breeds have declined so far this year, compared to 13 that have increased



Labrador knocks French bulldog off top spot, but British breeds still under threat

(Woodmansey, 2019)

 Woodmansey, D. (2019). Labrador knocks French bulldog off top spot, but British breeds still under threat. [online] Vet Times. Available at: [Accessed 11 Dec. 2019].

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25th October 2019
Dear Customer
Rosemont Pharmaceuticals Ltd is recalling ALL unexpired stock regardless of LOT number of the products in the table below. This recall has been requested by the manufacturer see attached MHRA Drug Alert Class 2 dated 25 October 2019.

NVS Code: 207950
Description: Ranitidine150mg/10ml Oral Solution 300mls bottle
PL Number: 00427/0132
Brand: Rosemont

Our traceability records indicate that you have received some of this product.

Please examine your stock immediately & quarantine the product if you have this in stock.

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Paracetamol Product Recall

Urgent Product Batch Recall

28 November 2019

A product recall is a request from a manufacturer to return a product after the discovery of safety issues or product defects that might endanger the consumer.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is responsible for ensuring that the medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, the MHRA has issued the attached alert.

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NVS Product Code

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Very varied until I joined the world of veterinary.  I began as part time receptionist after having my first son.  Gradually increased my hours and responsibilities over the years and ended up as a Practice Manager for 18 years. This was a great foundation for being a Territory Manager for NVS.

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Removal man, Mortuary Collection Agent (yes, really), Pub Landlord and since joining NVS in 2012 I’ve been both a Delivery Driver and now Depot Manager at our Tiverton base.

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Meeting a varied collection of work colleagues and customers over the years.

What’s the best thing about working for National Veterinary Services?

Working with a very good team and being challenged every day but succeeding in the job!! Having the chance to progress in the company with the help of my line managers.

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My three kids growing up and becoming challenging and fun teenagers, but always knowing that the parents are there to catch them when they fall!!

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