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The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy

The UK's Premier Registration body

About the GCCF Breeder Scheme

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The GCCF was established as an independent body in 1910, and health and welfare is at the heart of everything we do.  A principle aim is to encourage Responsible Breeding of pedigree cats, and Responsible Owning of all cats, pedigree or otherwise – that is why we set up the GCCF Breeder Scheme in 2013, to help us achieve that objective.

Breeders who have signed up to the GCCF Breeder Scheme have shown their commitment to the standards required by the scheme's code of ethics.  Please note that not all GCCF breeders will have signed up to using the scheme; this does not mean that they are not excellent or reputable breeders.

The code requires breeders to meet various criteria, as listed below:

  • They must show commitment to their breed by being a member of a GCCF affiliated cat club for the breed.
  • They must be familiar with what the breed should look and behave like and endeavour to breed cats of this type.
  • They must ensure that their own cats are well cared for.
  • They must take steps to make sure the kittens they breed have the best chance of a happy, healthy life and leave them fit and well.  Kittens, must have completed the full course of vaccines, been examined by a vet at least twice and be GCCF registered and insured.
  • They must try to make sure kittens they breed go to loving homes and that their new owners are given the support and help they may need to look after them.

Breeder's premises are currently not inspected as part of the scheme.  You are advised to make sure you are happy with the environment and way in which the kittens are raised before purchasing.  The GCCF cannot take responsibility for the health of any kitten purchased using the Breeder Scheme facility.

When you buy a kitten from a Breeder Scheme breeder you will have the opportunity to tell us what you think of them. We will use this information to make sure our breeders are meeting your and your new cat's needs.