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
. Breeders believe a birthrate of 300 puppies a year is needed to guarantee a large gene pool and a healthy population.
Paxo is a tan-and-white cross-breed
who is about three or four years old.
We have a great show lined up with some new props and sets and various breeds of dogs from Shetland sheepdogs and Labradors to two new dogs, Macie, a white German Shepherd and Cleo, a cross-breed
So if you have a cross-breed
dog take him along for a chance of becoming a winner and going on to compete in the final, which will be held in London at Discover Dogs, Earls Court, on November 4.
dog - half pug, half beagle - is the pet of choice for Uma Thurman and Kelly Osborne.
Camels, falcons, salukis and horses populate its precincts for purposes of being researched, developing cross-breeds
and creating new vaccines to meet challenging new afflictions.
Some people are conned into believing that cross-breeds
are healthier than a pure breed, which is not always the case.
The law needs urgent amendment, particularly for cross-breeds
, and the use of unlicensed premises for dog-breeding.
Of the hundreds of hunter-killed deer he's examined over the past fifteen years, only two were undoubtedly cross-breeds
. However, other studies have found slightly higher rates of hybridization.
"Research shows that cross-breeds
have fewer health problems than pedigree cats and dogs," said David Hiddleston, Churchill's business development director.
Victoria Beckham is said to have splashed out pounds 1,400 for a pair of miniature pot-bellied Gloucester Old Spot cross-breeds
for husband David, who this week sealed a return move to Milan.