UK native dog breeds 'at risk of extinction'

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Native dog breeds such as the English Setter are being pushed towards extinction by the growing popularity of more exotic dogs such as Chihuahuas, new figures suggest.

The setter, once a popular working dog, is one of the country's oldest breeds.

But statistics from the Kennel Club show a two-thirds decline in puppy registrations over the last 10 years.

The Chihuahua, popularised by celebrity owners like Paris Hilton, saw a 25% increase in registrations last year.

Mark Worthington reports

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