Publication of the first quarter registration figures show a drop in overall totals only 0.7%. The figures show increases in three of the seven groups with some wide variation.
Taking the figures group by group hounds were up by 7.3%, gundog -2.5%, terrier -1.6%, utility +12.1%, working -10%, pastoral -6.8% and toys +4.7%. The breeds with considerable decreases in the working group are Bernese, Mastiffs, Rottweilers and Siberian Huskies.
Keeping the utility figures high were increases in Akitas, Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, Miniature Schnauzers, Shih Tzus and Tibetan Terriers.
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 was up 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.
In 2004 the rise in income continued to £6,459,684 - the Kennel Club refusing to breakdown the figure as they considered them too commercially sensitive - and in 2005 this rose to £6,890,000.
The 2006 figure which will be published in next month’s Kennel Club annual report is expected to be in excess of £7m.