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Registrations down, transfers up


Registrations have dipped slightly compared to this time last year, despite enquiries for pedigree puppies remaining at a high level on the Kennel Club's Find a Puppy service, the overall volume of dogs registered has fallen again in the second quarter of the year as compared to 2008.

A Kennel Club spokesperson said: ‘This reflects the unsettled financial times in which we live and perhaps indicates a reluctance by breeders to risk having litters during a period of uncertainty. It is, however, encouraging to note that registrations have risen by 4.2% when compared to the first quarter of the year.

‘This increase was experienced despite the Kennel Club suffering a significant problem with its internet service provider for a period of time during May. This led to online registration services being unavailable for several days.

The ratio of transfers to puppies registered also remains higher than normal at 68% despite this online service also being interrupted during this time.

SUMMARY OF REGISTRATIONS FOR ALL GROUPS

GROUP 2008   2009
1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr YEAR 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr YEAR
Hound 3,832 4,191 4,626 3,810 16,459 3,352 3.326
Gundog 23,005 28,110 31,309 22,333 104,757 19,259 23,749
Terrier 9,806 9,571 10,938 8,771 39,086 7,625 7,736
Sporting Breed Total 36,643 41,872 46,873 34,914 160,302 30,236 34,811
Utility 9,024 7,841 9,002 8,436 34,303 7,935 7,045
Working 6,487 6,050 6,366 5,554 24,457 5,387 5,012
Pastoral 5,273 5,379 5,600 4,586 20,838 4,755 4,347
Toys 8,369 7,769 8,341 7,340 31,819 7,361 6,783
Non-Sporting Breed Total 29,153 27,039 29,309 25,916 111,417 25,438 23,187
Grand Total 65,796 68,911 76,182 60,830 271,719 55,674 57,998


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