Jack Russells surge in popularity ‘thanks to Boris and Brexit patriotism’

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 12: Prime Minister Boris Johnson poses outside Methodist Hall polling station as he casts his vote with dog Dylan, on December 12, 2019 in London, England. The current Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the first UK winter election for nearly a century in an attempt to gain a working majority to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit. The election results from across the country are being counted overnight and an overall result is expected in the early hours of Friday morning. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Boris Johnson poses outside a polling station with his dog Dilyn (Picture: Getty)
Jack Russells and corgis have seen saw a surge in popularity in the build-up to Brexit , the Kennel Club has said. New figures from the dog welfare charity showed half of the top 10 fastest breeds to gain popularity from 2018 to 2019 were native to Britain. They include the Jack Russell terrier – a breed owned by Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds – which increased by 30%, and the royal favourite, the Pembroke Welsh corgi, which jumped up by 38%.
The Norwich terrier saw the biggest surge in popularity, increasing by 58% between 2018 and 2019, followed by the ancient Scottish breed, the Gordon Setter, which increased by 41%. Overall, the Labrador is Britain’s most popular dog breed – a position previously held by the French bulldog, the charity said.

Of the top 10 breeds that decreased in popularity during the same period, eight originated from overseas.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Veysey/REX (10502509h) Boris Johnson arrives to cast his vote with dog Dilyn General Election, Polling Day, Voting, Uxbridge and South Ruislip, UK - 12 Dec 2019
Dilyn didn’t get the classic ‘Outside Polling Station’ shot (Picture: Rex)
Carrie Symonds with dog Dillon at No 10
Carrie Symond with her Dilyn who was rescued from a puppy farm
Carrie Symonds with dog Dillon at No 10
Boris and Carrie’s new dog has inspired Brits to give Jack Russells a home

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They include the Siberian husky, which fell by 37%, and the Chihuahua – believed to originate from Mexico – which dropped by 26%. However, it was the Clumber spaniel – a breed developed in the UK – which saw the biggest decline in popularity, falling by 38%. Kennel Club spokesman Bill Lambert said: ‘High-profile owners and popular culture can have a huge impact on the popularity of certain breeds, though we’d urge people to always do their research rather than follow a trend. ‘The Jack Russell for example has certainly seen a surge of interest since [Mr Johnson’s] rescue dog Dilyn first put his paws through the door of Downing Street in September, and at Crufts 2020 there will be more Jack Russells than ever before competing for the silver Best In Show trophy.’
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Joan Williams/REX/Shutterstock (270064c) Queen Elizabeth II with her pet corgi dog British Royalty *Full story and quotes from Joan Williams available In 1969 thousands sat glued to their television screens as a documentary lifted the lid on the Royal Family for the first time. Viewers around the world were enthralled by 'Royal Family', which took a behind-the-scenes look at the Windsors. BBC stills photographer Joan Williams was offered an even more intimate glimpse than most into this hithero unseen world. As the only photographer attached to the documentary team she produced a candid collection of images that revealed the Royal Family in a whole new light. Over the course of a year Joan spent 39 days with the documentary crew and Royal Family. During this time she shot the Queen and other Royals at official events, but her most fascinating photos showed them relaxed and at rest.
The Queen is a famous fan of corgis (Picture: Rex)
The Queen's dogs leave an aircraft of The Queen's Flight from Aberdeen at Heathrow Airport after flying from Balmoral with Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen later flew from Heathrow to Brunei with Foreign Secretary Robin Cook for an official visit.
The Queen is devoted to her pets and travels with them (Picture: PA)
The Kennel Club said the Irish red and white setter had become the most vulnerable of all Britain’s native breeds, with 39 puppy registrations in 2019 – the breed’s lowest figures in 30 years. The old English sheepdog also recorded its lowest number of registrations in 2019, with 317 puppies registered. The charity said it hoped the Crufts dog show, which runs from March 5 to 8 at the NEC in Birmingham, will ‘shine a light on forgotten’ native breeds.

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It said the popularity tables exclude dog breeds that received fewer than 100 registrations between 2018 and 2019.