… and what it means for Puppy seekers!
The Kennel Club published their 3rd quarter registration stats this week, and puppy registrations are down by 17%.
Even more surprising, Bulldogs are down by a whopping 39%, the second* most significant drop in the top ten most favoured breeds to under 6,000 born up to September 2023.
To give you an idea, there were over 21,000 French Bulldogs registered and over 30,000 Labradors - crazy numbers.
Remember, many popular 'fad and fashion' dogs can’t be KC registered because of their coat colour or type (which means they aren’t purebred) and don’t get me started on the XL bully ban. American Bullies are ABKC reg, and their number is unknown in this country - but it’s A LOT.
Now, this isn’t a bad thing, in my opinion.
Far too many puppies have been bred for a quick buck since the pandemic, so it’s good to see it normalise again. Also, global economic pressures were always going to impact demand. And I’m sure the rescue and rehome charities are singing their praises for the decline.
But it also means that buying a well-bred, quality Bulldog puppy is harder than ever. Any breeder that’s worth their sort will have a waitlist, so if you want to add a puppy to your family any time soon, make sure you get on a list and be prepared to wait.
* Pugs dropped by 42% and are no longer in the Top 10.
Written exclusively by Sara, a proud founder of the LaRoyal name and a seasoned bulldog enthusiast, our blogs are overflowing with an abundance of show wins, captivating ideas, and a plethora of thoughts and feelings. We are thrilled to embark on this journey, sharing our "real-life" dog ownership experiences with you, our valued readers.
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We have lived with the breed for nearly 30 years, during this time we were introduced to the 'show scene' and have never looked back! We have been fortunate to win over 25 CC's to date and have been awarded the highest of accolades with home-bred dogs including Best of Breed at Crufts 2013.
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