Kennel Club registrations have risen by 4.7% in 2004, being nearly 12,000 more than in 2003. The final figure of total registrations in 2004 was 257,379 which has continued the rising trend over the last three years. Entries at General and Group Championship Shows are also up by a total of 10,000 in 2004
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary says, "The Kennel Club recognises its role and responsibilities to the world of dogs and is working hard to continue to protect and promote the dog’s role in society and to encourage more people to take part in shows and other canine events. All dogs are important to the Kennel Club and by registering their dogs with us people enable us to help provide opportunities to share and enjoy a variety of fulfilling activities with dogs."
Caroline continued; “Kennel Club registration enables the KC to run many schemes for the good of dogs and also to be the voice of dogs and their owners. The continued rise in registrations shows that people are trusting us to do the right thing for dogs, and a continued rise in transfers also enables us to identify new dog owners and welcome more people into the world of competitive dog events. This is borne out by the fact that General and Group Championship Show entries were also significantly up in 2004. We are putting a great deal of effort into increasing the popularity of canine events – hopefully these entry increases are the first signs that this is beginning to pay off "
Championship show entry figures have risen by 10,000 in 2004 which is an increase of over 3%. In total there were 266,000 show entries which means that exhibitors are spending over £5 million on entering shows alone, great news for the show scene and proof that following the Foot and Mouth crisis in 2001 the dog world is well on a route to recovery. Though a substantial proportion of the increase comes from a few shows, it is heartening to note that the vast majority of championship shows had entries that were either increased or flat, and only a very few suffered reductions.