The Kennel Club Breed Records Supplement for the second quarter of 2004, published last week, showed a slow down in the optimistic rises of the first part of the year.
No single group reflects an increase compared to last year’s quarterly totals summarised below: Hound 2694 (2003-2925); Gundog 25,373 (26,883); Terrier 9,253 (9,773); Utility 5,205 (5,958); Working 7,057 (7,801); Pastoral 5,237 (6,505); Toy 5,253 (5,788).
The slight drop is thought to be seasonal as the overall trend compared to several years ago is better. It represents a decline of 8.5%. against the first half of 2003.
The concept of Kennel Club Registration was re-launch two years ago in September 2002.
Kennel Club registrations rose by 8.6% in 2003 with nearly 20,000 more than in 2002. The final figure of total registrations in 2003 was 245,894. That was the highest registration total since 1998.
Transfers were 12.9% up in 2003. This means that the percentage of dogs which were recorded as transferred from their breeders to their new owners is up by 2.3% compared to 2002. The year 2003 saw the highest percentage of transfers to total registrations, ever recorded by the Kennel Club
By far the largest 2003 increase group on group total was in the Utility breeds up by 12.02% to 23,694 from 21,151 in 2002. Next was the Gundog group up by 11.3% to 93,451 the previous year’s total of 83,944.
Hounds were up 5.8% to 11,679 and the remaining sporting group, Terrier was up by 5.5% to 38,960.
The Working group showed the third largest rise of 11.29% to 30,279 whilst the Pastoral breeds showed the smallest increase of 3.1% to 24,031. Toys increased 4.4% to 23,800
The group totals for 2002 were:- 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 2003 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 in 2001 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.