SO YOU WANT TO COMPETE WITH YOUR DOG IN EUROPE?

(an exhibitor's guide to competing overseas)

The Pet Travel Scheme allows dogs and cats from certain countries to enter, or re-enter, the United Kingdom without quarantine as long as they comply with the requirements of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). This scheme has made it easier for UK exhibitors to compete overseas and a number of enthusiasts have already done so. The Kennel Club has compiled this information sheet as a guide for exhibitors wishing to find out more about competing overseas. You might also want to visit the Dogs on Tour website - www.dogsontour.com - which is full of dog related travel and showing information.

What you need to do and when?

You will need to have your dog microchipped with an ISO approved chip. This must be done before any of the other PETS scheme requirements. For more information about microchipping and identification visit the PetLog website at www.petlog.org.uk.

After your dog is microchipped it will need to be vaccinated against rabies.

Approximately 30 days after the vaccination, you will need to arrange for your dog to have a blood test to check that the vaccine has taken effect.

Six months after a successful blood test you can apply to your vet for a PETS certificate.

Between 24 and 48 hours before returning to the UK you must have your dog treated for tapeworm and ticks. You will also need to sign a declaration of residency (PETS 3) to confirm that your dog has not been outside any of the PETS qualifying countries over the previous six months. The PETS 3 form can be obtained prior to travel from the DEFRA PETS hotline on 0870 241 1710.

How to enter shows

The Federation Cynologique International (FCI) is a world-wide organisation set up with the aim to promote purebred dogs. Contrary to widespread belief, the FCI is not a registry, nor does it have records of breeders' addresses. One of its functions, however, is to set up the calendar of international dog shows. A list of shows is available from the FCI, 13 Place Albert I, B-6530, Thuin, Belgium. Website: www.fci.be

If you require details about any of the shows on the list you will need to contact the Kennel Club of the country concerned or alternatively, obtain a copy of 'Info Expos' magazine (Jean Wastiaux - 24/2 Rue v Rousseau, B-7181, Feluy, Belgium - email info.expos@wanadoo.fr). This magazine, published 8 times a year, includes judging lists, schedules, regulations, calendars, entry forms and other general information on about 1000 dog shows in more than 40 countries.

When choosing which shows to enter, it is very important to bear in mind the specifics of exhibiting in certain countries. For example, in order for a gundog to become a champion in Belgium the dog will require hunting certificates. Another point to remember is that the docking of dogs' tails is illegal in some parts of Europe and therefore not all countries allow the exhibition of docked dogs. Similarly, in some countries it is not permissible to show a dog which has been neutered. You will also need to familiarise yourself with the group system and breed names, which may both differ considerably from that in the United Kingdom.

You are advised to make yourself aware of any breed specific legislation which might exist in the country you intend to visit. You should be able to obtain such information from the relevant embassy in the United Kingdom or Kennel Club overseas.

You should also be aware that many countries have particular rules about dogs being carried in cars. These range from the use of cages and dog guards to leaving a dog in a car parked in a public car park. More information about this, together with details about where you can obtain some helpful leaflets, is available from the AA's website on www.theaa.com.

How to obtain a title

Awards are given overseas at both national and international level. A CAC is generally considered to be the national equivalent of the breed CC awarded in Britain. A Certificate d'Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté or CACIB is an international challenge certificate. There are also awards for other disciplines such as working trials (CACIL), Obedience (CACIOB) and Agility (CACIAG). The kennel club concerned will provide information on how to obtain a national title in all these disciplines.

If you are interested in exhibiting in any countries which are not listed you will need to contact the FCI for details of the relevant kennel club.

AUSTRIA

Österreichischer Kynologenverband
Johann Teufelgasse 8
1230 Wien Austria
Tel: 0043 1 888 7092 / 0043 1 888 7093
Fax: 0043 1 889 2621
Website: http://www.oekv.at
Email: office@oekv.at

BELGIUM

Societe Royale Saint-Hubert
98 Avenue Albert Giraud
B1030 Bruxelles Belgium
Tel: 0032 2 245 4840
Fax: 0032 2 245 8790
Website: http://srsh.be

CYPRUS

Cyprus Kennel Club
44 Vas. Voulgaroktonos Street
Flat 3-4
Nicosia Cyprus
Tel: 00357 2 667 309 / 00357 2 677 102 /
00357 2 679 202 / 00357 2 672 803
Fax: 00357 2 669 407
Email: cy.kennel.club@cytanet.com.cy

DENMARK

Dansk Kennel Club
Parkvej 1
DK-2680 Solrod Strand Denmark
Tel: 0045 56 188100
Fax: 00 45 56 188191
Website: http://www.dansk-kennel-klub.dk
Email: post@dansk-kennel-klub.dk

FINLAND

Suomen Kennelliitto - Finska Kennelklubben
Kamreerintie 8
SF 02770 Espoo Finland
Tel: 00358 9887300
Fax: 00358 98873031
Website: http://www.kennelliitto.fi
Email: info@kennelliitto.fi

FRANCE

Société Centrale Canine
155 Avenue Jean Jaurès
F93535 Aubervilliers Cedex France
Tel: 00 33 1 49 37 54 00
Fax: 00 33 1 49 37 01 20
Website: http://www.scc.asso.fr
Email: choquet@scc.asso.fr

GERMANY

Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen
Postfach 10 41 54
44 041 Dortmund Germany
Tel: 00 49 231 565 000
Fax: 00 49 231 592 440
Website: http://www.vdh.de
Email: info@vdh.de

GIBRALTAR

Gibraltar Kennel Club
British Dependent Territory of Gibraltar
PO Box 493
Gibraltar
Tel: 00 350 41791
Fax: 00 350 40826
Email: Gibkc@bigfoot.com

GREECE

Kennel Club of Greece
PO Box 51 957
145 65 Agios Stefanos Greece
Tel: 00 30 1 81 45 165
Fax: 00 30 1 81 45 167

ICELAND

Hundareaktarfelag Islands - Icelandic Kennel Club
Sioumúla 15
108 Reykjavik Iceland
Tel: 00 354 588 52 55
Fax: 00 354 588 52 69

ITALY

Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana
Viale Corsica 20
20137 Milano Italy
Tel: 0039 02700 2031
Fax: 0039 02700 20323
Website: http://www.enci.it
Email: info@enci.it

LUXEMBOURG

Union Cynologique Saint Hubert du Grand Duché de Luxembourg
Boîte Postale 69
4901 Bascharage Luxembourg
Tel: 00 352 50 28 66
Fax: 00 352 50 54 14

MALTA

Malta Kennel Club
54, rue d'Argens
Msida MSD 05 Malta
Tel:: 00 356 34 35 24
Fax: 00 356 34 35 24
Website: http://www.maltakennelclub.org
Email: info@maltakennelclub.org

MONACO

Société Canine de Monaco
Avenue d'Ostende 12
Palais des Congres
98000 Monte Carlo Monaco
Tel: 00 377 93 50 55 14
Fax: 00 377 93 30 55 03

NETHERLANDS

De Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch gebied in Nederland
Postbus 75901
1070 AX Amsterdam Netherlands
Tel: 00 31 20 664 471
Fax: 00 31 20 671 0846
Website: http://www.kennelclub.nl
Email: info@kennelclub.nl

NORWAY

Norsk Kennel Club
Nils Hansen vei, 20
Box 163 Bryn
0611 Oslo 6 Norway
Tel: 00 4721 60 09 00
Fax: 00 4721 60 09 01
Website: http://www.nkk.no
Email: info@nkk.no

PORTUGAL

Clube Portugés de Canicultura
Rua Frei Carlos 7
1600 095 Lisbon Portugal
Tel: 00 351 21 799 47 90
Fax: 00 351 21 799 47 99
Website: http://www.cpc.pt
Email: cpc@mail.telepac.pt

SAN MARINO

Kennel Club San Marino
Via F. Fiori, 27
47895 Domagnano
San Marino
Tel: 00 378 549 901 842
Fax: 00 378 549 901 842

SPAIN

Real Sociedad Central de Fomento de Razas Caninas en España
Legasca 16, Bajo derecha
28001 Madrid Spain
Tel: 00 34 91 426 49 60
Fax: 00 34 91 435 11 13
Website: http://www.rsce.es
Email: administracion@rsce.es

SWEDEN

Svenska Kennelklubben
Rinkebysvängen 70
163 85 SPÄNGA
Tel: 00 46 / 8 795 30 00
Fax: 00 46 / 8 795 30 40
Website: http://www.skk.se

SWITZERLAND

Société Cynologique Suisse
Langgassstrasse 8
Case Postale 8276
3001 Berne
Tel: 00 41 31 306 62 62
Fax: 00 41 31 306 62 60
Website: http://www.hundeweb.org
Email: skg@hundeweb.org

Overseas qualification for Crufts

It is now possible to qualify overseas for Crufts. The Kennel Club has nominated specific awards at particular shows in each of the European countries entitled to take part in the PETS travel scheme, as qualification for Crufts. More information about this is available on the Crufts website at www.crufts.org.uk - click on the exhibitors' icon and then on overseas qualification.

The Kennel Club, 1-5 Clarges Street, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB. Tel: 0870 606 6750      Fax: 020 7518 1058
Email: info@the-kennel-club.org.uk
Internet: www.the-kennel-club.org.uk

DID YOU KNOW THAT THE KENNEL CLUB HEALTHCARE PLAN
WILL COVER YOUR DOG UNDER THE PET TRAVEL SCHEME?

For further details contact:
The Kennel Club Healthcare Plan
4A Alton House Office Park, Gatehouse Way, Aylesbury, Bucks HP19 8XU
Tel: 0870 606 6750  Fax: 01296 486725
Email: healthcare@the-kennel-club.org.uk