The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy
) is a cat registry
, established in 1910 and the largest organisation that registers pedigree
cats in the United Kingdom
. It was formed from a small number of cat clubs which were registering cats at the time when the modern cat fancy
was in its first stages. It is considered to be the original prototype for cat fancy registries. It is an independent body with no membership, but has around 150 cat clubs affiliated to it, including specialist breed clubs and area clubs covering particular regions. The GCCF became an incorporated company on 5 November 2010. It licenses cat shows
put on by its affiliated clubs with about 135 shows per year. Pedigree cats shown at these shows can gain the titles Champion
, Grand Champion and Imperial Grand Champion. The word Champion is replaced by Premier for neutered cats. The showing of non-pedigree cats (often referred to as Domestic shorthair
and Domestic longhair
) is also popular at GCCF shows.
The GCCF also co-ordinates its own show: the Supreme Cat Show
, which is famous for being the world's largest cat show and the feline equivalent of Crufts
. Special awards of UK and Supreme Champion can be gained at this show only.
The GCCF offices are based in Bridgwater
and are staffed by twelve people who deal with registrations, publications, show processing & title claims, agendas & minutes and correspondence from breeders,... Read More