Showing Your Dog in the UK

Getting Here

Now that Passports for Pets is nearly upon us, folk from abroad may be able to attend the UK shows with their dogs, I thought it might be helpful to list a few thinks I know are different over here!
First you will need a microchip then a passport for the dog,
a rabies injection and a test certificate dated six months before landing. Easy you say? yes it is, but you also must get
test done for tape worm and treatment must be given not less than 24 hours but not more than 48 hours before travel. That will not be easy if you travel at a weekend!

Odd Things

In the UK you will find the show regulations very different to the FCI rules!
However - Ireland are under FCI rules and the St Patricks day show award CACIB!
NOTE - British dogs must be registered with the Irish Kennel Club before competeing, this can be sent with entries to a show, in 1999 this was £10 from
Irish Kennel Club, Fottrell House, Harold's Cross Bridge, Dublin 6W.

There are some breeds that are not permitted in Britain -
Ministry of Agriculture, Farm and Fisheries (MAFF) rules,
other breeds that ARE in the country, are not permitted to be Regestered -
the Kennel Club rules-Click here

No dog will be permitted to be entered in any show with cropped ears!

Breeds that were normally docked are still permitted to be shown in GB.

'Docked ' breeds that do have tails may be shown.
( you may find there is still prejudiced against this change.)


To compete in any competition, be it Breed, Agility, Flyball, Obedience, Working or Field trial, your dog must be registered in Britain. To do this these days, you must fill in the AUTHORITY TO COMPETE (ATC) form, this is available for downloading, from the Kennel Club - Crufts Site, under Exhibitor Information, or send to.
The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1Y 8AB. Phone 0870 6066750, Fax 0207 518 1058.
An ATC number must be issued for entry to any British Show.


At the Show

Rejected Breeds

M.A.F.F. Kennel Club
Pit Bull Terrier Lurcher
TosaShort Legged Jack Russell
Sarloos WolfhoundWolf Hybrids
Dago DogsPeterdale Terrier
 Fell Terrier
 American Bulldog
 Working Sheepdog

If you wish to enter your breed here - goto the UK DOGS contact form

Countries that may soon be visited and be able to send dogs to the UK are

  • Andora
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Gibraltar
  • Greese
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Liechtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Monaco
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Vatican
    If your country is not listed here - I'm sorry you still cannot visit us. Though there are plans to include possably USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. There are also some talk of assistance dogs - guide dogs etc being able to go to these countries too. Check at MAFF Pet Travel Scheme 0044 (0) 181 330 6835, or fax 0044 (0) 181 330 8304, email

    If you wish to enter your breed here - goto the UK DOGS contact form

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