(Kennel Club Press Release) The native Scottish breed (pictured below) featured heavily in the opening ceremony, which resulted in online searches for puppies increasing from 93 on Tuesday (22nd July) to 607 on Wednesday (23rd 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 service.
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, 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.
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 website.