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The iconic Old English Sheepdog is being hit by the growing popularity of so-called "handbag dogs" such as chihu...

The iconic Old English Sheepdog is being hit by the growing popularity of so-called "handbag dogs" such as chihu...

29 October 2012 Last updated at 15:20 GMT Share this page Delicious Digg Facebook reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Email Print Old English Sheepdog put on breed watch list The sheepdog is an iconic native breed Continue reading the main story Related Stories Native dog breeds risk extinction Some British dog breeds 'at risk' Watch Dog report urges healthy breeding The iconic Old English Sheepdog is being hit by the growing popularity of so-called "handbag dogs" such as chihuahuas, the UK Kennel Club says. New figures show there were just 316 puppy registrations for the breed so far this year. A breed is deemed "vulnerable" if registrations drop below 300. The sheepdog is one of a number of native breeds that are experiencing declines due to the fashion for the chihuahua, pug and Siberian Husky. It was popularised by the television adverts for Dulux paint in the 1980s and 1990s. ...

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