Publishers of a Kent-based newspaper for dog shows have announced that they have ceased trading because of the decline in revenues and advertising.
Dog World, based at Wotton Road in South Ashford, was first set up in the 1930s, and has employed several workers at the publication, working in editorial, advertising and administration.
The magazine provides information about dog shows such as Crufts, as well as providing advice and grooming tips, and running its own YouTube channel.
But in a message to supporters the company says that since the financial crash of 2008, things have changed in the print industry, with falling revenues due to circulation decline and loss of advertising.
In a statement on its website, the company states: “Most people are aware that trading conditions in recent years in business generally have been difficult to say the least.
“In many areas advertising revenues and sponsorship income are not what they used to be pre-recession.
“The printing and publishing industry is no exception and the added effect of digital media and social network has contributed to a loss of revenue on a number of fronts.
“Most dog showing countries worldwide are lucky if they have one monthly magazine or newspaper covering shows, breeding and exhibiting.
“In the UK we have had the luxury of not one, but two weekly canine newspapers serving the needs of the dog showing community.
“Our Dogs was launched in 1895 and Dog World followed in its own right in the 1930s. For some time it has become clear that there is only space in the market for one canine weekly to survive.
“It is therefore with regret that Dog World recently went into administration and has now ceased trading.”
The company stated that it hopes that rival Our Dogs will continue to enhance its coverage, but said there will be difficulties as the two publications have different readerships based on different traditions.
The statement ended by thanking readers, advertisers and staff at both papers. It added: “With everyone’s support we will strive to ensure shows and exhibitors will enjoy future editions of what must be one of the world’s oldest canine newspapers.”