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    Default The puppies that are rarer than giant pandas

    Few dog lovers could resist the appeal of these bright-eyed, mischievous puppies.

    Yet despite their charm, they are members of a breed so diminished that it is now rarer than the giant panda.
    They are Glen of Imaal terriers, of which only 25 breeding bitches remain in Britain. Scroll down for more...
    This litter of Glen of Imaal terriers are part of an endangered breed

    Two of their ten-week-old litter of five females and two males have already padded away on tiny paws to new homes. The rest have all been reserved but are enjoying playing together at their kennel in Berkshire before they go off to their new owners.
    Symbol: Well-known for being endangered, but there are more giant panadas than Glen of Imaal dogs

    Breeder Jane Withers said the once-popular breed had lost out in a popularity contest with more fashionable "designer" dogs.
    Celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Britney Spears have fuelled a surge in popularity for "handbagsized pooches" such as chihuahuas, while designer dogs such as the labradoodle have won favour.
    Just 36 Glen of Imaal puppies were born last year, meaning the terrier has been put at the top of the Kennel Club's vulnerable dogs list. This compares with 45,000 Labrador puppies registered with the club during 2007.

    Mrs Withers, from Granary Kennels in Newbury, Berkshire, said: "In recent years Glen of Imaal terriers have been hanging around near the top of the vulnerable breeds list.
    "They are now number one and I imagine it is because people would rather have a little dog like Paris Hilton's chihuahua or a trendy labradoodle."
    Originating from Iremoult-land, the terriers grow to no more than 14in high and 21in long. They were used as farm dogs, ideally suited to scurrying through gorse and heather in search of fox holes and badger setts. Their traditional terrier instincts also meant they could be trained to fight other dogs.
    Just 36 Glen of Imaal puppies were born last year

    But they can make good pets - described as a "big dog in a small dog's body".
    "Their coats come in wheat, red and blue brindle and they don't moult," said Mrs Withers.
    "Once or twice a year you have to strip them - this means pulling the dead hair out of their new coats.
    "They are lovely and make very loyal pets that can live up to 15 years.
    "Once people have owned the breed, they will keep coming back."
    Paul Keevil, of the Kennel Club's vulnerable breeds committee, welcomed the new arrivals.
    "All of them are nice and healthy so our next aim is to get them on to breeders who can help increase the population," he said.
    "Nowadays people would rather have a foreign designer dog than one that is native to Britain and Ireland.
    "You also have to be prepared to wait up to 12 months for a specialist breed but unfortunately people are not prepared to do that in this day and age.
    "They would rather just go around the corner and get a West Highland Terrier than wait for a while.
    "There are about 1,600 giant pandas in the world and fewer than 1,000 Glen of Imaal terriers."
    Proud mother Edwina gave birth to the five rare puppies

    The puppies that are rarer than giant pandas | the Daily Mail

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    I see a panda!

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    AWWW. Cuties.

    .... I want one.

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    They're cute... beady little eyes though.
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    Edwina is a cutie and so are those babies

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    What darlings! I hope their numbers go up rapidly. They are too cute to lose.
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    AWWW Damn puppy threads... Now, I want one...
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    I wish I didn't know about those dogs now. They are freaking adorable. I want one.

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    AWWWW, they look like Boyd's Bears! I had a dog for a short time years ago that was similar looking. Jose was a mutt but that scraggly little terrier build is just so adorable!
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