You’ll Never Believe Which Dog Breeds Are on the Brink of Extinction

Yes, dog breeds go in and out of popularity. Who knows why? Regardless, some breeds that have lost popularity might be in danger of disappearing altogether. Some breeds you might never have even seen, such as the smooth collie on page 5 or the Gordon setter on page 6.

Keep reading to find out which dog breeds you might not be seeing in the future. If you like any, get one now, not later.

1. Irish red and white setter

Irish red and white setter walking in the field

These sweet pups need lots of exercise and training. | WaveTop/iStock/Getty Images

The Irish red and white setter is actually a separate breed from the red Irish setter. They’re gentle and devoted, according to CBS News, but unfortunately, they’re difficult to train and they need a lot of exercise. Because breeders favor the all-red setters, the read and whites are in danger. Only 64 were registered in 2015.

Next: Bet you’ve never seen one of these.

2. Curly coated retriever

curly coated retriever

You don’t see many of them around. | onetouchspark/iStock/Getty Images

Tall with a tight mass of curly black or liver-colored hair, the curly coated retriever makes a great pet, but it needs a very active family. They are lively, fun loving dogs, and unfortunately, they are dwindling, according to The Telegraph. There were 66 registered in 2015.

Next: Slobbery but adorable

3. Bloodhound


Bloodhound puppies

The adorable canines are low in numbers. | Lakshmi3/iStock/Getty Images

It’s ironic that this sad-faced jowly dog is actually very gentle and affectionate. That said, when one is on a scent, it will be focused — and willful. Plus, they drool like there’s no tomorrow. Only 77 bloodhounds were registered in 2015, according to The Telegraph.

Next: A rare, tiny terrier

4. English toy terrier

English toy terrier dog

They bark a lot, likely why their numbers are dropping. | Svenska Mässan/Wikimedia Commons

This cute little dog looks like a tiny Doberman, with pointy ears and lovely, almond-shaped eyes. The breed is lovable and fun, but barking is a problem, because English toy terriers can’t get enough of it. Only 78 were registered in 2015, according to The Telegraph.

Next: This breed loves to bark.

5. Smooth collie

Smooth Collie standing on the grass

They love to park just like the long haired kind. | PavelHlystov/iStock/Getty Images

The smooth collie looks like a regular collie with short hair. This dog is agile, trainable, smart, active, loving, and affectionate, according to The Telegraph. Like their longer-haired cousins, they love to bark. Only 78 were registered in 2015.

Next: You probably haven’t seen one of these, either.

6. Gordon setter

Typical Gordon Setter in the spring garden

They’re pretty rare. | CaptureLight/iStock/Getty Images

Originally bred to hunt game birds, such as quail and pheasant, according to CBS News, it’s rare to see Gordon setters these days. Eager, confident, fearless, and loyal, these dogs make wonderful family pets. In addition, they make great field trial competitors and hunting dogs. It would be a terrible shame for this breed to die out.

Next: Another terrier on the wane

7. Glen of Imaal terrier

Typical Irish Glen of Imaal Terrier on the green grass

They are the perfect combination of active and lap dogs. | CaptureLight/iStock/Getty Images

You might never have seen a Glen of Imaal terrier: It has a wheat- or blue-colored, double coat that is soft underneath but wiry on top. This terrier is active and loves to exercise but will be just as happy on his owner’s lap, according to The Telegraph. In addition, the breed is spirited, loyal, courageous, and agile. Sadly, just 79 were registered in 2015.

Next: This dog needs a job.

8. Field spaniel

Dougle the Field Spanial

They make wonderful pets when they’re kept busy. | tonystamp11/iStock/Getty Images

These long-haired silky dogs come in black, liver, or roan, and they’re wonderful pets, according to The Telegraph. They are docile, sensitive, sociable, and adaptable. They are docile, sensitive, sociable, and adaptable. That said, they must have a purpose or they will become destructive. These are great working dogs, so if you have one, give him a job. Only 46 field spaniels were registered in 2015.

Next: This one needs a lot of exercise.

9. Sussex spaniel

 a Sussex Spaniel and winner of the sporting group, competes in during the final night of the 142nd Westminster

They require quite a bit of exercise. | Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Cheerful, friendly, devoted, calm, and companionable, the Sussex spaniel is the only dog that howls when it smells prey, according to The Telegraph. Sadly, this spaniel is in trouble. The heavily built dog with a golden-liver coat makes a perfect family pet, but unfortunately requires up to two hours of exercise a day. Only 43 were registered in 2015.

Next: This breed can jump a five-foot fence.

10. Otterhound

Otterhound lying down stretched out by a fence in the shade

They’re lovable but boisterous. | LourdesPhotography/iStock/Getty Images

These dogs, originally bred to … wait for it … hunt otters, are almost gone, according to The Telegraph. In fact, there are around 600 left in the world, and just 34 were registered in 2015. The big, boisterous, lovable hounds can jump a five-foot fence and they need a lot of exercise, which might account for why they are losing popularity.

Next: A real hair actor

11. Sealyham terrier

White Sealyham Terrier in the garden

They have high maintenance coats. | CaptureLight/iStock/Getty Images

Fearless, alert, friendly, affectionate, and calm, the longhaired Sealyham terrier is a great house dog. Their coats take a lot of work — to the tune of combing them out twice a week — and they have a taste for hunting, so perhaps that’s why they’ve fallen from Just 43 were registered in 2015.

Next: One of the most endangered breeds

12. Dandie Dinmont terrier

Funny Dandie Dinmont Terrier in a garden

They’re low in popularity. | CaptureLight/iStock/Getty Images

Short and determined, the Dandie Dinmont terrier was originally bred to hunt vermin around farms as well as otters and badgers. And although it has the typical tenacity of terriers, it is also affectionate, lively, fun loving and companionable.

Sadly, this dog is one of the most endangered of all purebred canines, according to DogTime. Only 105 were registered in 2013, according to CBS News. And, the breed ranks low in popularity with the American Kennel Club, coming in at 167th out of 189 breeds it recognizes.

Next: A gene pool bottleneck

13. Irish Wolfhound

Large purebred Irish Wolfhound dog outdoors on a sunny day

These giant dogs are in danger because of selective breeding. | Bigandt_Photography/iStock/Getty Images

This breed is said to be in danger because of a “bottleneck” in the gene pool — meaning it shares the DNA from a severely restricted gene pool with thousands of wolfhounds around the globe — according to CBS News. These dignified, gently giants have sweet temperaments and are loyal, patient, and thoughtful. It would be sad not to have them share the planet.

Next: This ancient breed might be disappearing.

14. Mastiff


The good natured canines are slowly dwindling. | Anat0ly/iStock/Getty Images

Mastiff went from 475 in 2005 to 139 in 2013, according to CBS News. Good natured, protective, calm, and affectionate, Mastiffs are hard-working dogs. The ancient breed descended from a ferocious war dog called the molossus, which existed around 5,000 years ago

Next: Yet another terrier might drop out of sight.

15. Smooth fox terrier

A smooth fox terrier looks up at its handler.

As fox hunts dwindle, so do these dogs. | Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images

With yearly registrations of around 120, according to CBS News, the smooth fox terrier is in trouble. Originally bred to accompany their masters on foxhunts and flush out the foxes, these fearless, playful, intelligent, active dogs are handsome and happy. It would be awful to see them disappear.

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