The Kennel Club’s charitable trust has awarded a £6,000 grant to a German shepherd dog rescue charity in Scotland that has been struggling to cope with a combination of falling interest in the breed and increasing numbers of dogs needing its help.
According to the Kennel Club (KC), the German shepherd – once one of the most popular breeds in the UK – has seen numbers of puppies registered decline year on year, falling from almost 15,000 a decade ago, to 8,500 in 2012. Despite this, German Shepherd Rescue Scotland, a Kennel Club breed rescue organisation in South Lanarkshire, has continued to see high numbers of the breed needing its help.
The £6,000 grant will go towards kennelling and veterinary fees at the charity, said the trust. The funds are “desperately needed”, it said, as it is “inundated” with dogs needing help.
The German shepherd dog is just one of a number of breeds that appears to be falling out of fashion in the UK. The KC recently announced figures that showed historically popular breeds are being pushed out in favour of foreign breeds such as the French bulldog and Siberian husky.
KC secretary Caroline Kisko said: “The German shepherd is a wonderful breed, with a fantastic nature. They make great working dogs, which is why they are a popular choice for police and army dogs, but, unfortunately, this image has made the breed a little intimidating for some. Yet owners will tell you this couldn’t be further from the truth.
“The German shepherd is a very intelligent and energetic breed and they make loving pets.”
German Shepherd Rescue Scotland has dogs that need rehoming. Visit www.german-shepherd-rescue-scotland.org.uk if you would be interested in rehoming or would like to donate to the charity.
The Kennel Club Charitable Trust has donated more than £8m to help improve the lives of dogs since 1987. The trust awards grants to welfare organisations and financial support to canine scientific research and support charities.