A GCCF Prefix allows all the cats you register to identify you as the breeder by the prefix, which is before the cat’s name. Each Prefix is required to be unique on our system. The prefix forms part of the registered name, so if you choose a long prefix it will limit the length of each kitten’s name. There is a substantial discount on the kitten registration fee for breeders with a prefix.
The procedure to obtain a prefix is via the online system If you are unable to log on, then complete an application form which must be signed by the Secretary of a club of which you are a member, and submitted to the GCCF office with the current fee. The fee (see price list) may seem a lot, but the discount on the kitten registration fee means this is repaid in two or three litters depending on the number of kittens registered.
Prefixes are approved by the Board of Directors and published on the website prior to final approval. An approved prefix is however applicable for use from the date the paid application was received. Please note that although the Directors aim to allow applicants their first choice of prefix, there are times it will sound very like another prefix already in use, is thought unsuitable for the breed, or is inappropriate because of an alternative meaning or its connotations. It’s never good to be the cause of disappointment, but as you will see if you take a look at the rules: the granting of prefixes is at the discretion of the Board of Directors and the decision is final (GCCF Rules, Section 1:11p). Further advice is available from our prefix administrator on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The current list of GCCF registered prefixes can be viewed here
An applicant for a prefix must be a member of at least one GCCF Member Cat Club. This applies to each applicant in the case of joint applications. (Membership of a Provisional Club is not applicable).