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Registration figures remain buoyant
- 'upward trend by year end'

Publication of the half year registration figures last week shows the Kennel Club is set to maintain or exceed its continued growth of income from registrations. The figures, which will be subject to seasonal adjustments, show a year on year increase up to the end of June 2005 of 11.15%

Taking the figures group by group each shows an increase. Hounds were up by 22.6%, gundog 9.7%, terrier 11.9%, utility 19.6%, working 4.3%, pastoral 2.1% and toys 20.3%

In a statement issued last week Kennel Club secretary Mrs Caroline Kisko said, ‘Second quarter registration figures are encouraging. However it should be borne in mind that the percentage increases are somewhat inflated by phasing issues and therefore the year end figures are not expected to show as great a percentage increase overall.’

The Kennel Club income from registrations, which decreased by some 17% in 1999, was £2,051,164 compared to figures of £1,842,045 in 1998. In 1999, the registration fee was increased to £10 from January 1st

Registration income rose in 2000 to £2,078,196. In 2001 income from registrations was down to £1,939,238. The 2002 figures showed a combined figure of ‘Registration activities’ of £5,206,528 of which £2,333,527 was registration fee income.

‘In 2003 ‘Registration activities’ realised £5,962,099 with registrations showing a 8.6% increase and transfers a 12.9% increase. Last year the rise in income continued to £6,459,684 - the Kennel Club refusing to breakdown the figures as they considered them too commercially sensitive.

Last May ahead of the Kennel Club AGM the Kennel Club Breed Records Supplement showed that in the first quarter of this year there has been a continuation of the upward trend in registrations experienced in 2004.

This year there had been a 4.56% increase over the registration figures for the first quarter of 2004 with an overall registration rise of 4.7% for the whole of last year.

Looking at the figures group by group all except pastoral and toys had shown an increase. Hounds were up by 8.1%, gundog +4.4%, terrier +9.6%, utility +7.9% and working +7.2%. Decreases in pastoral and toys were -4.2% and -2.7% respectively.

There will always be seasonal trends and variations to take into account but some the swings were notable. Hounds have seen an increase of 35% in Bassets a 37.5% increase in Rhodesian Ridgebacks and a 58% increase in Irish Wolfhounds compared to the same quarter last year.
Gundogs saw bold movement in the figures in Hungarian Vizslas +110%, Irish Setters +36%, Italian Spinoni +133%, Flat Coated Retrievers +40% and Cocker Spaniels +17%.

In Terriers the major swings showed in Borders +25%, Wire Fox Terriers +28% and in Staffordshire Bull Terriers +29%. The Utility group increases lay mainly in Bulldogs +19%, Miniature Schnauzers +21% and Miniature Poodles +73%.

The Working group‚s main players were Dogue de Bordeaux +24%, Great Danes +13%, Leonbergers +46%, Newfoundlands +25% and Rottweilers +32%.

Of the two groups showing some decline in the first quarter the Pastoral reflected decreases in Border Collies -18%, Shetland Sheepdogs -13% and Pembroke Welsh Corgis -38% whilst in Toys the major reductions were in Bichon Frise -27%, Chinese Crested -17% and Pekingese -12%.

OUR DOGS will be looking at breed variations which have affected the first half of 2005 next week.