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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
- 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 individually suitable 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.