ENDANGERED AND THREATENED PUREBRED DOG BREEDS IN THE UNITED STATES
By Edward M. and Patricia H. Gilbert Jr.
Based on American Kennel Club 2006 Dog Registration Statistics (AKC Gazette, March 2007)
Endangered Breed - The term "endangered breed" means any breed which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of United States. Any breed which registers 300 or less dogs in a year is classified as a endangered breed. . In order to provide a minimally viable gene pool at least 300 dogs/year in a breed are required to be registered.
Threatened Breed – The term "threatened breed" means any breed which is likely to become an endangered breed within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of the United States. Any breed which registers 1000 or less dogs in a year is classified as a threatened breed. In order to provide a viable gene pool and a healthy long term breed population at least 1000 dogs/year in a breed are required to be registered
United States - The term "United States," when used in a geographical context, includes all States.
Of the 155 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club in the year 2006 only 76 breeds are not on the endangered or threatened breed list. Forty breeds are threatened and thirty nine breeds are endangered. To find out were your breed stands refer to page 84 in the March 2007, AKC Gazette, Vol. 124 No. 3.
Those breeds considered “safe” range from the Labrador Retriever, ranked 1, in registrations with 123,760 registration to the Samoyed, ranked 76, with 1,130 registrations.
The threatened breeds range from the Irish Wolfhound, ranked 77, with 1016 registrations to the Saluki, ranked 116, with 344 registrations.
The endangered breeds range from the Spinoni Italiano, ranked 117, with 297 registrations to the English Foxhound, ranked 155, with 11 registrations. All Field Stock Service (FSS) breeds, approximately 60 breeds, are endangered breeds.