- 553 per cent increase in searches for Scottish Terrier
puppies using the Kennel Club's Find a Puppy Service
- Interest in breed has shot up since their appearance at
opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games this week
- Kennel Club is inviting people to meet the breed at
Discover Dogs in London in November.
Interest in Scottish Terriers, the breed which made a starring
appearance in the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony this week,
has increased dramatically in just one day, with searches for the
breed on the Kennel Club's Find a Puppy service going up nearly
seven-fold in 24 hours.
The native Scottish breed featured heavily in the opening
ceremony, which resulted in online searches for puppies increasing
from 93 on Tuesday (22 July) to 607 on Wednesday (23 July).
This figure is dramatically higher for the same date last year,
which saw only 80 searches for the breed on the Find a Puppy
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "Despite its charm
and lovely nature, the Scottish Terrier is one of the lesser known
breeds of pedigree dog, with only 339 puppies being registered with
the Kennel Club in the first half of 2014. If you compare
this with a more popular breed, such as the Labrador, which had
nearly 18,000 puppy registrations in the first half of the year you
can see how much some breeds are suffering simply because people
don't know they exist.
"The breed are affectionate and cheerful, equally happy to go for
a nice long walk or to curl up in a favourite armchair, as well as
being very loyal and protective of the family. We are glad
that the interest in the breed has been so tremendous, both on
social media and the Find a Puppy service and we hope that they
continue to keep the nation's attention."
The Scottish Terrier, like many native British breeds of dog, has
seen a decline in popularity over the past ten years as more people
choose so-called 'handbag dogs', such as the Chihuahua, and more
exotic, foreign breeds such as the Pug and French Bulldog, which
are surging in popularity.
Those wishing to find out more about the breed can visit the Breed
Information Centre on the Kennel Club website, www.thekennelclub.org.uk,
or come along to Discover Dogs in London on 8-9 November to meet
the Scottish Terriers and find speak to experts about the
breed. Visit www.discoverdogs.org.uk for
more information. The Kennel Club also licenses a number of
championship dog shows throughout the UK each year, which are ideal
for the public to meet the many wonderful breeds of pedigree
dog. Details of these can be found on the Kennel Club