Some 60% of competitors in pet events want competitions to resume as soon as possible, according to a survey conducted by Kennel Club.
Furthermore, 53% of event organisers and 55% of judges agreed they would like to see shows and trials return when lockdown restrictions end.
Kathryn Mansfield, Kennel Club’s secretary, said: “The Kennel Club is delighted that more than 8,000 people took the time and effort to complete our survey and we would like to thank everyone who took part.
“The information supplied will prove very useful going forward as we navigate our way out of the pandemic when we are able. As always, the health and safety of all participants at Kennel Club licensed events must remain our main priority.”
Tony Allcock OBE, chairman of the Kennel Club, said: “The mere fact that more than 8,000 dog owners completed our survey is a sure sign that the passion that people feel for our hobby has not been diminished, despite the many challenges we have all faced throughout the past year.
“Please be assured that the various governance committees of The Kennel Club as well as the staff all remain committed to assisting registered clubs and societies in whatever way we can as we work towards the day when we can all meet again in the company of our beloved dogs.”