Interest in Scottish terriers – the breed that made a starring appearance during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow this week – increased dramatically in just one day, according to The Kennel Club (KC).

Searches for the breed on The KC’s Find a Puppy service went 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 to 607 the following day.

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.

The KC secretary Caroline Kisko 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 retriever, 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.

“Scottish terriers are affectionate and cheerful, equally happy to go for a nice long walk or curl up in a favourite armchair, as well as being very loyal and protective of the family.

“We are glad the interest in the breed has been so tremendous, both on social media and the Find a Puppy service, and we hope 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 10 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.

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