Idea number 96…what do you think?

In July the closure of the Native Dogs Breed Trust (known to everybody as the Vulnerable Breeds people) was announced. It had been a good idea that didn’t work as a “one thing fits all” policy was attempted. Another new initiative has just been launched; how do Heritage Breeds grab you? Have a look & let them know what you think!

Native Dog Breeds Trust closes it doors.

News was released recently that the Native Dog Breeds Trust is to disband and, unfortunately, it isn’t much of a surprise. The idea, to promote British breeds, was an excellent one but even at the first meeting in 2003 it was obvious the way forward would be a rocky one. The guidelines were adopted from the Rare Breed Survival Trust, a very succesful organisation, but farm animals and dogs are different. Cattle, sheep, hens, pigs provide food; dogs don’t anymore. The big majority of RBST breeds think very local; 75% of a breed within a 20km radius is only category 4 (at risk) but dogs are big time global. Trying to balance the two and come up with a workable solution was always going to be large headache time.

The volunteers at the NDBT did their best to make it work but the overall remit (20+ breeds to begin with) was just too much. A plus for effort should be awarded to them