Before competing at a Kennel Club licensed Dog Show in the UK,
exhibitors from overseas must obtain an 'Authority to
Compete' (ATC) registration number for each dog.
Once the ATC number has been issued it will be valid for the
life of the dog.
You may not enter any competitions in the UK until you have
received your ATC number, and this number must be quoted on all
entry forms. Failure to do so may result in your entry form being
What you need to submit :
- Three generation pedigree (a photocopy is acceptable), issued
by the overseas kennel club with which the dog is registered
- The pedigree must show the name of the owner of the dog (the
same as the person applying for the ATC)
- Alternatively, a copy of the registration/transfer document to
show that the dog is owned by the person applying for the ATC must
be sent to the Kennel Club
On acceptance, the owner of a dog will receive an ATC number
which as well as being quoted on all entry forms, must also be
quoted on all correspondence.
- Dogs registered overseas which were originally
registered with the Kennel Club do not require an
ATC number since it already has the information needed. Owners of
these dogs should enter the dog's original Kennel Club registration
number in place of the ATC number on all entry forms.
- The Rules regarding obtaining an Authority to Compete (ATC)
number do not apply to exhibitors or competitors from Southern
Ireland or the Channel Islands.
It is the exhibitor's responsibility to ensure that their dog is
eligible for the class that they have entered, especially when
calculating wins which count towards the title of Champion.
Prior to exhibition, permission must be sought from the General
Committee of the Kennel Club to exhibit any dog which has undergone
any operation to alter its natural conformation.
Dogs which have been spayed or castrated are only permitted to be
exhibited at Kennel Club licensed events if the owner has informed
the Kennel Club, prior to exhibition, of:
- the date of the operation
- the name of the veterinary surgeon
- the practice where the operation was carried out
Dogs with cropped ears are not eligible to compete at any Kennel
Club licensed event.
Overseas exhibitors are reminded that the Kennel Club has the
jurisdiction to investigate, and if necessary to penalise, any
breaches of Kennel Club regulations or complaints made under Rule
Rules and Regulations
Kennel Club licensed Dog Shows in the UK must adhere
to Kennel Club Rules and Regulations, these can be found in
the Kennel Club's Year Book, which is available to buy from our
from the online
Entering the UK
Before you may enter the UK with your dog, you will need to
comply with strict regulations laid down by the Department for
Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). An outline of these
regulations is available
here, although we would advise that you check the DEFRA website
for up-to-date information:
- A full list of the PETS Travel Scheme approved countries can be
obtained from the DEFRA
Further details can be obtained from DEFRA in the UK
Nobel House, 17 Smith Square, London SW1P 3JR Tel No: 020 7238
Helpline No: 0870 241 1710 Helpline Fax No: 020 7270 8419
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
The Kennel Club
The Kennel Club, 1 - 5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J
Tel No: 01296 318540 Fax No: 020 7518 1058