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!
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