The iconic Dulux pain dog called Maddison made an appearance on This Morning after it was announced the breed is at risk of dying out.
Her owner, Ellen Wheeler has owned Madison for eight years and stated she wasn’t worried about the dwindling numbers of the breed.
Philip read out some figures which showed the alarming decline of the dogs as in 1979 there was 6,000 English Sheepdog puppies compared to the 227 in 2020 which puts them on the vulnerable list.
Speaking to the hosts, Ellen said that those 227 were dogs that have been kennel club registered but she’s aware that there are people who don’t register their puppies which means there are a lot more English Sheepdogs than the figure suggests.
She also said that the professional breeders she knew did not breed last year due to the travel restrictions with Covid which also could play a part on the small numbers.
Although Philip called the breed ‘gorgeous’ he continued by saying that they look like a lot of hard work in relation to cooking.
Ellen agreed with this saying that they are hard work but then so are a lot of other breeds, especially the popular ‘doodle’ crosses.
People took to Twitter to share their excitement and love for the fluffy breed.
One person said: “They’re beautiful & wonderful natured dogs. When were kids our mate would bring hers OES called Huggy & him & Irish Wolfhound Wilf On Stilts would join in all our games”
Another added: “The Dulux dog is iconic. Does she have a ribbon on its head. I can’t tell”
Someone else said “Can’t believe old English sheepdogs are an endangered breed! I grew up with a old English and have one still called Teddy who’s 12 and blind now. Amazing dogs I think people are put off by their size and cost but they are gentle giants and lovely dogs”