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Registration figures level off

Publication of the latest totals now show the first half year registration figures reflect a decreased in overall totals of 4%. The new quarterley figures show increases in two of the seven groups with some wide variations.

Taking the figures group by group hounds were up by 14%, gundog -3%, terrier -11%, utility up by 0.3%, working -18%, pastoral -6% and toys up by 8%. The breeds with considerable decreases in the working group which also saw a drop throughout 2007 were Boxers, Dobermanns, Great Danes and Rottweilers.

Keeping the hound group figures high were increases in Afghans, dachshunds (all coats), Beagles, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Whippets.

Toy group breeds also enjoyed another good quarter with increases in 15 of the 23 breeds in the group and in particular in chihuahuas (both coats), Maltese, Yorkies and Pugs.

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 trans fers 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 - in 2005 this rose to £6,890,000 and in 2006 to £7,168,000 and up to £7,656,000 in 2007.