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Upturn in Kennel Club registration figures
- 6,000 increase

THE KENNEL Club has released its registration figures for 2002 along with the breed figure comparisons for the last then years. We hope to feature these figures next week.

The group total for last year are:- Hounds 11,036; Gundogs 83,944; Terriers 36,911; Utility 21,151; Working 27,205; Pastoral 23,294 and Toy 22,777 giving a total of 226,318 against 220,821 in 2001.

The greatest decline in 2002 of 7.1% was in the hound (10,303) Group with a 3.7% decrease in the Terrier Group. The Working Group total increased by 0.14%. There was a drop in the Utility Group with 0.35% fewer registrations; the toys showed 4.5% more, the Pastoral 2.2% more and the gundogs a huge 6.2% more.

In February last year the Kennel Club 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 were down by 26,515 or 10.72%, on the previous year’s total. This, at the then current 2002 fee levels, represented a loss of income of £318,189.

Compared with the 1989 peak figure of 283,915 the decline was 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 in January 2002 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 in 2001 is thought to have had an impact on the registration figures in the second and third quarters of the same year but these were expected to recover.

More details, from the latest figures released, next week.