A reminder: Entering dogs for competition using the ‘NAF’, ‘TAF’ and ‘CNAF’ facilities

As competitive events begin to open up as a result of the phased easing of some Covid-19 restrictions, The Kennel Club wishes to remind competitors that they can use the ‘Name Applied For’ (NAF), ‘Transfer Applied For’ (TAF) and ‘Change of Name Applied For’ (CNAF) facilities, if necessary, when entering dogs for competition in any of The Kennel Club disciplines.

Kennel Club regulations dictate that dogs entered for any form of Kennel Club competition must be registered in the name of the person(s) making the entry. If, at the closing date of entries, the owner(s) have applied for but not received confirmation of The Kennel Club registration, the dog shall be entered in the name shown as the first choice on the application form for registration and the name should be followed by the letters ‘NAF’. An example of this would be ‘Clarges Oliver Twist NAF’.

Similarly, if the owner(s) have applied to register an imported dog but not received confirmation of The Kennel Club registration, the dog shall be entered using the letters ‘NAF’ after its name.

In the case of applications for transfer of ownership, the dog should be entered ‘TAF’ where the application has been made but the confirmation of the transfer has not been processed. Similarly, if an application for change of name has been submitted but not processed, the dog should be entered ‘CNAF’. Examples of this would be ‘Clarges Jane Eyre TAF’ or ‘Clarges Jane Eyre of Greenpark TAF CNAF’.

Owners of agility dogs are asked to note that, as their dogs are required to be measured before they compete, The Kennel Club does not allow the ‘NAF’ facility to be used in this discipline, unless a dog falls into the obviously Large category.

Kathryn Mansfield, The Kennel Club Secretary, said: “With events beginning to open up, competitors are only now getting back into the frame as far as entering competitions is concerned after the enforced break caused by lockdown. This is therefore a timely reminder to use the NAF, TAF and CNAF facilities if applications are still in the pipeline, as this is your way of letting others know that you are aware that your dog’s details were subject to confirmation at the time of entering the show or trial.”

Due to current operational issues which are causing delays in the processing of applications, for which The Kennel Club apologises, competitors are asked to note that litter applications are presently taking 28 working days to process, while applications for transfer of ownership are taking 24 working days. The office is naturally working hard to reduce these turnaround times, but competitors are kindly requested to bear these factors in mind until the situation improves.

Enquiries regarding the NAF, TAF and CNAF facilities may be sent by email .