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CAT OF THE YEAR Results 2018

04 Aug 2018

COTY is now officially closed, a list of the section winners is available on the General Notices page . This has resulted in some corrections.  Please let me know by the end of the month, your exhibit’s full title & correct spelling. If you don’t the awards will be given with the title obtained to the best of my knowledge up to the 31st May, you will no longer be able to change this.  If you let me know I will respond, if you don’t hear, you may assume I have not received the information.  You should only contact me if you are the owner of one of the exhibits. 

Please advise if you wish to attend the Dinner to receive your award in person, the cost of the Dinner will be £30.00 per head.  Details of the venue & menu will be sent upon request. 


25 Jun 2018

The report by Jen Lacey of the Electoral Meeting of Council held on 20th June, which includes the results of the elections, is now available to view HERE.

GCCF Business Achievements 2012-2017

23 Feb 2018

Read about our achievements from the 5 Year Business Plan here


22 Nov 2017

The Council meeting in October ran out of time to review the IT Update, so I’ve summarised what would have been said, to get you all up-to-date. There is a brief progress update, but the most important updates will affect Clubs in particular, and there are links to more detail on these.

Progress Update

Good progress has been made in addressing the High Priority items – and regular updates have been posted.

GCCFI online will be available from Monday 9th October – our first step to International!

Upcoming changes will include improved services for Breeder Scheme members.

IT Strategy for 2018 will be published following the agreement of the Business Plan. 

Show Processing

GCCF is pleased to be launching a new service that will save Clubs money & time, and provide online entries for shows for exhibitors. The Board has agreed that all clubs who pilot this service will receive their first show processing free of charge. Read more details here.


The General Data Protection Regulation comes into force on 25th May 2018. This has significant implications for GCCF and for Clubs. Read more details here and make sure your Club is prepared. 

If you have any queries on the above, please contact the office at info@gccfcats.org or you can contact me at sally@aspirata.com 

Sally Rainbow-Ockwell

IT Project Manager


29 Oct 2017

The 2017 Supreme Winner is a fabulous Brown Tabby & White Bi-Colour Persian Neuter

Imp Gr Ch & Supreme OS Imp Gr Pr Cullykhan Vivaldi

Owner:  Carol Tonks

Breeder:  Angelia Millican


26 Sep 2017


12 Sep 2017

Please note that the official closing date for entries to the 2017 Supreme Show is 22nd September, online entries may be made up to 24th September.  

Entries will automatically be upgraded to new classes if new titles are awarded at shows up to 8th October.  



08 Aug 2017

On-line entry for the 2017 GCCF Supreme Show on Saturday 28th October at the NEC, Birmingham is now open.  You can download the guide to entering the show here

Household Pet Registration

11 May 2017

From the 1st June 2017, all Household Pets must be registered in order to claim further titles.

Here are some key points:

  1. It is not necessary for Household Pets to be registered in order to continue to be shown, but they must be to win further titles.
  2. If a cat already has a title, it can continue to show in the class its current title allows
  3. If a cat is already a GCCF Registered cat, to earn further titles, it will need to marked as such. There is no fee for this.
  4. If a Household Pet is a look-a-like pedigree pet, but not GCCF registered it will need to go through the full registration process.
  5. Household Pets, pedigree and non-pedigree, can be registered online, or by post
  6. Registration can be done at the time of application for the next title.
  7. The fee for registering a HHP is £10.

We have produced a leaflet, which you can request from the GCCF Office.

Review of Animal Welfare Act 2006

16 Mar 2017

Review of Animal Welfare Act 2006 and potential implications for cat breeding   

There is currently an amount of both incorrect and unsubstantiated information being circulated on social media and elsewhere relating to the proposed revision of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, along with some speculation on what the legislation might mean for cat breeders.  I don’t wish to prevent discussion, but I’m aware that a number of breeders are becoming very concerned about the implications, as some have contacted me directly, and I’m saddened that rumour may be causing a fair amount stress for some.    

Firstly, let me reiterate some points I have made before, but which may not have reached all:  ·         

  • The GCCF is a member of the Canine & Feline Sector Group (CFSG) and I attend all meetings of the group.  ·         
  • The CFSG is fully involved in the work relating to the proposed legislation (which is an amendment to the existing Animal Welfare Act 2006), and has been given an oversight role by DEFRA.  ·         
  • There is no Bill as yet specifying the amendments because the scope of this is still being debated. ·         
  • The CFSG will see and be consulted upon the proposed changes and licensing conditions once they are drafted. ·         
  • This drafting work is currently underway and CFSG is receiving updates at every meeting  ·         
  • Most importantly, the Bill Lord Black introduced some time ago is dead and not anything directly to do with the current work. Its clauses on regulating cat breeding have not been carried forward.  

Over the past day or so I have checked on the progress made to date by the Expert Panel charged with drafting the Model Licensing Conditions.  I mentioned this panel in my previous update – this is the group established by DEFRA as a working group to write the model conditions. The panel is made up on some members of the CFSG plus representatives from local authorities and it has been meeting since January.    

My latest information is things are at the early stages right now and are still gaining shape, but it is absolutely clear to me that DEFRA do not want to be heavy handed and they want any proposals to be realistic.  There is a good deal of work still to be done in drafting the model conditions, most of the discussion so far has focussed on dog breeding, with some discussion also on licensing conditions for boarding kennels and catteries.  There has been very little mentioned as yet on cat breeding.    

DEFRA intend that new licensing regulations will be enshrined in law as part of the revision to the Animal Welfare Act.   The Model Licensing Conditions as currently being formulated do not include a specific Condition for cat breeding; there is a specific Condition for dogs, and one specifically for dog and cat boarding. Cat breeding will be covered under a third generic Condition.    

Under the vending regulations anyone who runs a business breeding and/or selling animals will have to obtain a licence, but that will not stop people breeding from a home environment. They will have to show that the health and welfare of the animals is being provided for and that they are meeting certain standards.     

As yet there is no definition of what constitutes a breeding business. I am assuming that there will be some threshold level or set of circumstances specified which will be used in determining this status, but cannot comment further as this panel is still to address this issue.  I know that DEFRA are concerned about the number of puppies, kittens and other animals being sold via the internet, and this may be part of the definition.  There has been absolutely no mention of the need for planning permission in order to obtain a breeder’s license.    

The Canine & Feline Sector Group is working with the British Veterinary Association and the Pet Industry Federation alongside DEFRA to make sure the new draft regulations are fit for purpose and ensure high standards of welfare without causing unnecessary burdens for hobby breeders and business.  As a CFSG member the GCCF is able to advocate for cat breeders during the process. As I have said, all proposals will run via the Group when they have been formed.    

The next meeting of the CFSG is 24th March and licensing conditions is a specific item on the agenda.    

I have discussed all of the above with the GCCF Board and have considered with them what we might do to prepare for breeder licensing.  One thing I have suggested is that we explore accreditation for GCCF under UK Accreditation Service conditions.    

The Kennel Club already hold UKAS accreditation for their Assured Breeder Scheme and I have a meeting with KC representatives next Friday, 24th March, to find out more about the process they followed to gain accreditation, along with it cost in terms of time and money.  I also want to understand what benefits this gives to licensed dog breeders who are members of the Assured Breeder Scheme.  There is an obvious read across to the GCCF Breeder Scheme and UKAS accreditation of our scheme could be beneficial once the new licensing condition are in place.    

I will issue further updates once I have more information to share.  In the meantime I do urge people not to make assumptions that cannot have basis in facts, as so much as yet remains to be determined.    

Steve Crow  -  GCCF Chairman