The Top 10 Breeds of Dogs At Risk of Being Extinct

Scottish Deerhound

Originating from Scotland, bred for deer hunting, faced decline in the 18th and 19th centuries due to political conflicts. Rare despite preservation efforts.


From the Scottish Borders, protected fishing industry, nearly extinct after the UK banned otter hunting in 2002. Fewer than 1,000 remain.

Skye Terrier

Favored by English and Scottish nobility, overshadowed by modern breeds. Enthusiasts are reviving them.

Lagotto Romagnolo

Italian water retriever, nearly extinct in the 1970s, now revived, known for truffle hunting.

Norwegian Lundehund

Unique six toes, bred for puffin hunting in Norway, endangered due to changing fishing practices.


Hungarian herding dog, rare with only a few thousand worldwide, known for high intelligence and energy.

Dandie Dinmont Terrier

Rodent hunters turned family pets, breeding halted during World Wars, facing extinction.

Tibetan Mastiff

Himalayan guardians, faced near extinction due to political upheavals, preserved through global efforts.

Glen of Imaal Terrier

Irish farm dogs, faced decline during wartime rationing, at-risk.

Cardigan Welsh Corgi

Welsh herding dogs, declined mid-20th century due to agricultural changes, still vulnerable.