The Pet Travel Scheme allows dogs and cats from certain
countries to enter, or re-enter, the United Kingdom without
quarantine as long as they comply with the requirements of the
Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This
scheme has made it easier for UK exhibitors to compete overseas and
a number of enthusiasts have already done so. The Kennel Club has
compiled the following information as a guide for exhibitors
wishing to find out more about competing overseas.
Requirements for Travelling with your Dog
In January 2012, the UK harmonised its pet travel rules with the
rest of the European Union (EU) to allow for easier pet travel.The
changes for anyone travelling within the EU or non-EU listed
country require the owner to ensure that their dog has:
- A microchip
- A rabies vaccination (with a wait of 21 days before
travelling). Also make sure your pet is microchipped first or the
vaccination won't count.
- A pet passport or an official third country veterinary
- Tapeworm treatment (with an exception for Finland,
Ireland, Malta and Norway).
For anyone travelling into the UK and EU from an unlisted
country, their pet would need:
- A microchip
- A rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is microchipped first
or the vaccination won't count)
- A blood test 30 days after the rabies vaccination (the date of
vaccination counts as day 0 and not day 1) then wait another 3
months from the date of the blood sample before travelling. The vet
must provide a copy of the test results showing that the
vaccination was successful.
- Tapeworm treatment.
Prior to travelling, the vet must provide a copy of the results
showing that the vaccination was successful. However, owners do not
have to wait for three months if their pets were vaccinated, blood
tested and given a pet passport in the EU before travelling to an
In both cases, owners must also use an authorised carrier and an
approved route when travelling with pets.
For more information on the Pet Travel Scheme, please
visit www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad or
call Defra's Pet Travel Scheme helpline on 0870 241 1710 from
Monday to Friday between 8am to 6pm (closed on bank holidays).
How to enter shows
The Federation Cynologique International (FCI) is a world-wide
organisation set up with the aim to promote purebred dogs. Contrary
to widespread belief, the FCI is not a registry and nor does it
have records of breeders addresses. One of its functions, however,
is to set up the calendar of international dog shows. A list of
shows is available from the FCI,13 Place Albert I, B-6530, Thuin,
Belgium. Website: www.fci.be.
If you require details about any of the shows on the list you will
need to contact the Kennel Club of the country concerned or
alternatively, obtain a copy of 'Info Expos' magazine (Jean
Wastiaux - 24/2 Rue v Rousseau, B-7181, Feluy, Belgium - e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org). This magazine, published 8 times a year,
includes judging lists, schedules, regulations, calendars, entry
forms and other general information on about 1000 dog shows in more
than 40 countries.
When choosing which shows to enter, it is very important to bear
in mind the specifics of exhibiting in certain countries. For
example, in order for a gundog to become a champion in Belgium the
dog will require hunting certificates. Another point to remember is
that the docking of dogs' tails is illegal in some parts of Europe
and therefore not all countries allow the exhibition of docked
dogs. Similarly, in some countries it is not permissible to show a
dog which has been neutered. You will also need to familiarise
yourself with the group system and breed names, which may both
differ considerably from that in the United Kingdom.
You are advised to make yourself aware of any breed specific
legislation which might exist in the country you intend to visit.
You should be able to obtain such information from the relevant
embassy in the United Kingdom or overseas
You should also be aware that many countries have particular
rules about dogs being carried in cars. These range from the use of
cages and dog guards to leaving a dog in a car parked in a public
car park. More information about this, together with details about
where you can obtain some helpful leaflets, is available from the
AA's website on www.theaa.com.
How to obtain a title
Awards are given overseas at both national and international
- A CAC is generally considered to be the national equivalent of
the breed CC awarded in Britain.
- A Certificate d'Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté
or CACIB is an international challenge certificate.
- There are also awards for other disciplines such as working
trials (CACIL), Obedience (CACIOB) and Agility (CACIAG).
The relevant overseas kennel club will provide information on
how to obtain a national title in all these disciplines. The FCI
will provide information on how the obtain the International Beauty
Champion (Int Ch) title.
Exhibitors should be aware that claims for an International
title for UK based dogs should be made via the Kennel Club and that
a British Champion or Show Champion title is required. For breeds
which do not have Challenge Certificate status, there are other
requirements which will need to be met before the claim can be put
to the FCI. Exhibitors should note that under FCI regulations, a
number of breeds are required to pass a working test before the Int
Ch title can be awarded. Exhibitors should contact the FCI for
further information about this.