French Bulldogs account for jump in KC registrations


KENNEL CLUB registrations for 2016 totalled 227, 708. This is 7,743 (3.5 per cent) up on the previous year and the highest figure since 2012.

Once again the most dramatic statistic is the remorseless rise in French Bulldog registrations. They are now only marginally behind the second most popular breed, Cocker Spaniels, rising from 14,607 puppies registered in 2015 to 21,470 in 2016. Their numbers have gone up nearly tenfold in six years.

Cockers total 21,854 and as usual Labradors are in the top spot with 33,856 registrations.

Brachycephalic breeds now occupy three of the top six places, Pugs (10,408) overtaking English Springers (9,827) into fourth place, and Bulldogs (7,785) going ahead of German Shepherds (7,751) into sixth position.

Golden Retrievers (7,232) remain in eighth place, while Miniature Schnauzers (5,437) move into ninth at the expense of Border Terriers (5,150).

Also in the top 20 breeds are Miniature Smooth Dachshunds (up five places), Staffords (down one), Cavaliers (down one), Boxers (up one), Shih Tzu (down one), Smooth Chihuahuas (down three), Whippets, West Highland Whites (up one), Hungarian Vizslas (moving into the top 20 in 19th place) and Beagles. Lhasa Apsos drop out of the top 20.

Four of the groups show an increase on 2015; terriers, pastoral and toys show a decrease.

Of the 25 UK and Irish native breeds on the ‘vulnerable’ list, 13 have decreased in registrations and 11 increased, one with exactly the same number in both 2015 and ’16. Five of the breeds on the ‘at watch’ list have gone down, two have increased.

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