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Kennel Club registrations down again


The Kennel Club has just published its breed and group registration totals for 2001. A late and expected full recovery in the figures failed to materialise and at 220,799 they are down by 26,515 or 10.72%, on the previous year’s total. This, at current 2002 fee levels, represents a loss of income of £318,189.

Compared with the 1989 peak figure of 283,915 the decline is even more pronounced amounting to 63,116, 22.23% or, in terms of income, a loss of £757,392. The Kennel Club registration fees went up last January to £12 from £10 and at the same time the cost of transfers rose from £9 to £10.

The uncertainty caused by the Foot & Mouth crisis is thought to have had an impact on the registration figures in the second and third quarters of the year but these were expected to recover.

The greatest decline of 16% was in the Pastoral Group with a 13% decrease in both the Toy and Utility Groups. The Working Group total dropped by 8%. In the sporting breeds the biggest drop was in the Terrier Group with 12% fewer registrations; the hounds show 11% less and the gundogs only 8% less.

At the same time the Kennel Club has annouced its ‘top twenty’ popular breeds table which, if totalled overall, shows a decline of 11.75% - 158,774 from 177,432 in 2000 - in breeds which account for 71% of ALL registrations.

The top three remain the same with Labradors, GSDs and Cockers holding their own. Up from sixth place to fourth are English Springers with Westies down one place to fifth. Cavaliers are up one place to sixth along with a one place move up for staffies to seventh.

Down to eighth place from fifth are Goldies and Boxers remain nineth. At tenth up one place from 2000 are Rottweilers. the full list including the year 2000 places in parentheses are as follows:-

1 Labrador Retriever 33,668 (1); 2 German Shepherd Dog 14,270 (2); 3 Cocker Spaniel 12,680 (3); 4 English Springer Spaniel 11,892 (6); 5 West Highland White Terrier 11,019 (4); 6 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 10,309 (7); 7 Staffordshire Bull Terrier 10,072 (8); 8 Golden Retriever 9,839 (5); 9 Boxer 9,034 (9); 10 Rottweiler 5,587 (11); 11 Yorkshire Terrier 5,069 (10); 12 Border Terrier 4,484 (12); 13 Shih Tzu 3,304 (13); 14 Dobermann 3,037 (15); 15 Lhasa Apso 2,915 (14); 16 Weimaraner 2,505 (18); 17 Bull Terrier 2,419 (16); 18 Miniature Schnauzer 2,351 (19); 19 Bichon Frisé 2,258 (20); 20 Dalmatian 2,062 (17)