The Cardigan Welsh Corgi is one of Britain's oldest and most faithful dogs but its survival is being threatened by a celebrity-led trend for new cross-breeds.
Yet Kennel Club figures show that last year there were just 84 Cardigan Welsh Corgi puppies born.
Leading Cardigan Welsh Corgi owner Fran Fricker, of Traveller's Rest, near Carmarthen, yesterday described the situation as 'serious'.
Herding breeds (312): Australian Cattle Dogs 11, Australian Shepherds 43, Bearded Collies 13, Beauceron 6, Belgian Malinois 15, Belgian Sheepdogs 9, Belgian Tervurens 12, Border Collies 19, Bouviers des Flandres 10, Briards 21, Canaan Dogs 2, Cardigan Welsh Corgis
13, Collies (Rough) 10, Collies (Smooth) 13, Entlebucher Mountain Dogs 1, Finnish Lapphunds 7, German Shepherd Dogs 22, Icelandic Sheepdogs 5, Norwegian Buhunds 3, Old English Sheepdogs 21, Pembroke Welsh Corgis 15, Polish Lowland Sheepdogs 7, Pulik 3, Pyrenean Shepherds 10, Shetland Sheepdogs 14, Swedish Vallhunds 7.