AUSTRALIA NATIONAL CATS INCORPORATED

Registration Rules 2011
Printed Monday, 13 June 2011 ammendment 1 November 2011

1 Definitions

2 Registers of Pedigree Cats

3 Groups and Breed/Types

4 Full Register

5 Provisional Register

6 Experimental Breeding Programmes – Registrations

7 Generation Progression Within an Existing Breed

8 Developing Breeds

9 New Breeds

10 Smoke Shaded or Silver Tabby.

15 Registration of New Breeds.

16 New Colours/Varieties within Existing Breeds

17 Prefixes and Suffixes

18 Application For Registration of Pedigree Cats

19 Leases

20 Imported Cats

21 Registration of Pedigree Cats

22 Verification of Records

23 Sale and Transfer of Registered Cats

24 Export of Cats and Kittens


1. Definitions

1.1. The following definitions and abbreviations apply through this document:

1.1.1. ANCATS - Australian National Cats Incorporated

1.1.2. BSC - Breed Standards Council - a committee sanctioned by the Management Committee of ANCATS

1.1.3.HCM -

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2.Registers of Pedigree Cats

2.1. Registers of pedigree cats registered with ANCATS shall be kept by the appointed Central Office, and for each cat registered there shall be recorded the cat's name, date of birth, registered number, name of sire, dam, grandsires and granddams, and their breed description.

2.2. There shall be a Provisional Register and a Full Register, and any cat may be registered on either of the registers, but not on both.

2.3. Pedigree cats shall be grouped into four Divisions: Longhair Breed Type Division, Semi Longhair Breed Type Division, Siamese and Oriental Breed Type Division and Other Shorthair Breed Type Division, and listed as such in the ANCATS Schedule of Breeds.

2.4. Any future breed of cat imported or developed, and registered with ANCATS shall be allocated to the appropriate Division according to body conformation, provided always that if the body conformation cannot be clearly defined as belonging to one Division or the other, only then shall coat length be considered the deciding factor.

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3.Groups and Breed/Types

3.1. The recognised group breeds/ types of ANCATS are as detailed in the published Standards of Points, as amended from time to time.

3.2. Colours not listed in the Standard of Points shall be listed as Any Other Colour (AOC). Breeds not listed in the Standard of Points shall be listed as Any Other Variety (AOV) and respectively recorded with phenotype. The AOV categories does not constitute a breed type and shall be solely a temporary category until such time as the breed status is certified by the Management Committee of ANCATS.

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4.Full Register

4.1. The Full Register shall record all ANCAT registered cats having at least three generations of immediate ancestry of the same breed/type with no cross matings in those generations.

4.2. No cat shall be entitled to admission to the Full or Provisional Register if within the two previous generations of its pedigree there is an ancestor which has been sold as Not For Breeding stock before or at the time of mating of that cat, unless the breeder of the ancestor agrees in writing.

4.3. The Prefix for each cat shall be used in both the Provisional and Full registers.

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5.Provisional Register

5.1. The Provisional registry is to be used to register progeny from breeding programmes that do not otherwise fit the criteria for registration on the Full Register, in cases where 'test' matings are required, or at the discretion and direction of the Breed Standards Council or the Management Committee.

5.2. The Provisional Register has been provided principally to allow ANCAT Registered breeders to:

a) introduce new colours and varieties into an already recognised and/or established breed of cat;

b) develop new breeds which may not already be recognised by ANCATS;

c) introduce particular traits or characteristics into an existing breed where this is desirable, which may be through mating with other breed/type cats, or through Domestics. This may include introducing new genetic material.

d) Register progeny of ‘Developing Breeds’ where the Breeder has used a permitted outcross;

5.3. To assist in ensuring the integrity of the breeding programme, and ANCATS at large, the following shall be the procedures required to register progeny on the PR Register:

5.3.1. All progeny from outcross matings, not intended for breeding, must be registered on the Provisional Register without the requirement to submit a breeding plan to the Breed Standards Council for approval. Progeny registered in this way cannot be used for breeding without the approval of the Management Committee.

5.3.2. All progeny of permitted outcross matings within Developing Breeds must be registered on the Provisional Register without the requirement to submit a breeding plan to the Breed Standards Council for consideration. Progeny registered in this way may be bred from and follow the generation progression outlined under ‘Developing Breeds. (5.8.1)

5.3.3. All transfer of registration applications from the Provisional Register to the Full Register shall be accompanied by veterinary certified negative test results for the following hereditary defects and diseases: a) HCM (JO ??? Whats reasonable here?)

5.3.4. All transfer of registration applications from the Provisional Register to the Full register shall be forwarded to the Provisional Central Office, together with the certified test results, the transfer fee and a full pedigree for the cat.

5.3.5.The application and full pedigree shall be checked by the Central Office against these Rules, and if eligible for registration on the Full register, a certified pedigree shall then be sent to the appropriate Central Office.

5.3.6. All applications for registrations on the Provisional Register must be on the Official ANCATS Registration form and must be accompanied by the appropriate fee [as for the Full Register], to be forwarded to the Central Office.

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6.Experimental Breeding Programmes – Registrations

6.1. An experimental breeding programme is a planned breed cross mating or a breed/domestic cross mating to achieve a particular stated goal or an unplanned or accidental mating that has produced progeny which the breeder believes will further a particular stated breeding goal.

6.2. These goals may include, but are not limited to:

a) Introduction of a new colour/pattern/coat type into an existing breed

b) Increasing genetic diversity to avoid problems inherent in small gene pools or to avoid perpetuation of undesirable traits within a breed

c) Development of a completely new breed not recognized overseas

d) Development of a breed new to Australia, but recognized overseas

6.3. Breeders wishing to carry out or join an experimental breeding programme must have held their ANCAT prefix for a minimum of three years and have registered at least three litters on the Full Register. This rule may be waived at the sole discretion of the Management Committee.

Applications are to be submitted to the Central Office for ANCATS in the first instance, who records the application including date submitted, and then forwards the application to the Breed Standards Council for consideration.

6.4. Breeders wishing to carry out or join an experimental breeding programme should submit an application for approval of the programme through the normal process as described in 6.3 BEFORE carrying out matings, if at all possible. Application forms are available from the Provisional Central Office or may be downloaded from the ANCATS website.

6.5. Prior to the registration of the first generation of an experimental programme, the breeder shall send the following to the Central Office for consideration by the Breed Standards Council:

a) A completed application form (available from the Central Office or the ANCATS website).

b) Pedigrees of the pedigree cats that the breeder intends to use in the experimental programme (imported cats must first be registered with the ANCATS in the usual way).

c) Any supporting articles, and/or genetic information (from Australia or overseas) that are available.

d) Photographs of the parents of the first generation (and other photographs if relevant). Photographs (printed digital photographs are acceptable) are required even if both parents are pedigree breeds recognized by ANCATS.

6.6. The Central Office will circulate the information submitted to the Breed Standards Council for discussion and a decision. The Breed Standards Council, after confirmation from the Management Committee will advise the applicant of the outcome, along with any advice or recommendations, and if a programme is declined, will advise of the reasons.

6.7. In the case of a dispute arising between the BSC and/or the breeder as to the appropriate action regarding progeny or any other matter regarding the programme, appeal may be made to the Management Committee, who shall have the final decision.

6.8. All Provisional Register Cats shall have a registration number allocated, preceded by the letters PR and a Generation number which is to be included as part of the registered name.

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7. Generation Progression Within an Existing Breed

7.1 Generation “0”: cat/kitten with both parents unregistered with ANCATS

i) one parent a full ANCAT registered parent
ii) Both parents full registered ANCAT (but different breeds)
iii)One parent generation “0”


7.2. Generation “1”:

Generation 0 matings:Generation 1 matings:
Gen 0 x Gen 0 = Gen 0Gen 1 x Gen 1 = Gen 1
Gen 0 x Gen 1 = Gen 1Gen 1 x Gen 2 = Gen 2
Gen 0 x Gen 2 = Gen 1 Gen 1 x Gen 2 = Gen 2
Gen 0 x Gen 3 = Gen 11 Gen 1 x Gen 3 = Gen 2
Gen 0 x Ful Gen 2 = Gen 11 Gen 0 x Gen 3 = Gen 1

7.3.

Whenever matings take place outside the original programme (to another breed/type than intended), resulting progeny must return to Generation 1 and begin again. Generation 2 Matings

Generation 2 matings:Generation 3 matings:
Gen 2 x Gen 1 = Gen 2 Gen 2 x Gen 1 = Gen 2
Gen 2 x Gen 2= Gen 2Gen 3 x Gen 2 = Gen 3
Gen 2 x Gen 3= Gen 3Gen 3 x Gen 3 = Gen 3
Gen 2 x Full Reg= Gen 3Gen 3 x Full Reg = Full Register
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8.Developing Breeds

8.1. Breeds where ANCATS recognizes that there is a continuing need for outcross in order to develop or maintain a healthy gene pool, will be designated as ‘Developing Breeds’. These may include established breeds as well as newer breeds that are still building up a gene pool. The Breed Standards Council will recommend to the Management Committee which breeds should be so designated, and what the permitted outcrosses for these breeds should be.

8.2. Developing Breeds will have permitted outcrosses (other breed(s) and/or domestic cats) as determined by the Management Committee.

8.3. Developing Breeds and their permitted outcrosses are listed in the Standard of Points but further breeds may be added during the year. These will be listed published on the ANCATS website.

8.4. The progeny of a mating between a Developing Breed and a permitted outcross shall be registered as Generation 1. Subsequent generations shall be registered according to the ‘Generation Progression for Developing Breeds.’ (8.8) Each time a permitted outcross is used, the progeny shall return to Generation 1.

8.5. Generation progression for Developing Breeds does not attempt to reflect the genetic percentage of the Developing Breed in the progeny, but does acknowledge the process of selection that takes place over generations of breeding.

8.6. The Management Committee shall specify the date on which the Developing Breed status of a breed shall be reviewed and this will be listed in the Standard of Points.

8.7. Generation Progression for Developing Breeds: 8.8. First cross (Developing breed x permitted outcross) = Gen 1 Generation 1 matings

Generation 1 matings:Generation 2 matings:Generation 3 matings:
Gen 1 x Gen 1 = Gen 2Gen 2 x Gen 1 = Gen 2Gen 3 x Gen 1 = Gen 2
Gen 1 x Gen 2 = Gen 2Gen 2 x Gen 2 = Gen 3Gen 3 x Gen 2 = Gen 3
Gen 1 x Gen 3 = Gen 2 Gen 2 x Gen 3 = Gen 3Gen 3 x Gen 3 = Full Register
Gen 1 x Full Reg = Gen 2Gen 2 x Full Reg = Gen 3Gen 3 x Full Reg = Full Register

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9.New Breeds

9.1. Whenever a new breed/type is to be developed that is not currently recognized in Australia, the following applies:

9.1.1. Whenever a recognized ‘programme’ exists overseas, if possible that programme shall be followed for the development of a new breed.

9.1.2. All programmes where a new breed is to be developed will first be submitted to the Central Office and the BSC for advice and comment. Applications should follow the process for experimental programmes outlined in 6 above.

9.1.3.After circulation amongst the BSC, the Central Office is to forward the application with all supporting material, and a summary of BSC comments, advice, and recommendation, to the Management Committee for a final decision on the programme. BSC recommendations are to include criteria for the progression of generations to full registration.

9.1.4.All stock not for breeding must be registered as neuter or spay and transferred as ‘Not For Breeding.’ When a cat already in a PR programme is used in another PR programme outside the original breed, all subsequent progeny revert to generation one and a new application for the new PR programme must be made to the Central Office.

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10.Smoke Shaded or Silver Tabby.

10.1. Any progeny bred from Smoke, Shaded or Silver Tabby parent/s, but with the phenotype of Non- Silver, [i.e. phenotype of Solid, Broken, Pointed or Tabby] shall have the Registration Certificate endorsed ["dual registration"] with the letter "S" in parentheses. This shall apply for all Longhair and Shorthair Breed/Type Division Registrations.

10.2.Any non-silver cat which is dual registered for silver may have its registration details changed if:

a) at a later date, the coat changes and becomes clearly identifiable as Smoke, Shaded or Silver Tabby; or

b) the cat produces clearly identifiable Smoke, Shaded or Silver Tabby progeny, thereby revealing its correct genotype.

c) Application for a change of breed number may be made by the current recorded owner of the cat, stating the reason for the change. All such applications for change shall be forwarded to the appropriate Central Office, accompanied by the appropriate fee for change of colour.

d) Cats which have their Breed Number changed according to this Rule shall be exempt from the requirements of Rule 10.4

NOTE: Dual registration will enable cats to be exhibited according to their phenotype, and also enable Smoke/Silver progeny to be registered.

The inhibitor gene, being dominant, may be passed on only by a parent who is itself Smoke, Shaded or Silver Tabby [i.e. the gene cannot be carried invisibly]. As the inhibitor gene, however, is extremely variable in expression [being polygenic in origin and not easily manipulated by selective breeding] some progeny may have such low-grade expression of the Silver factor that they are indiscernible from Non-Silvers. Nevertheless, upon maturing, such kittens may reveal themselves to have been low-grade Smokes, Shaded or Silver Tabbies. Or, though actually Smokes/Silvers, they may nevertheless remain indistinguishable from Non-Silvers with only their silver progeny revealing their true genotype. In these circumstances, dual registration will enable these cats to be exhibited according to their phenotype, and also enable their Smoke/Silver progeny to be registered. The dual registration shall apply for all succeeding generations.

11. Intermateability between the Abyssinian and the Somali is permitted. Shorthaired progeny from such matings shall be registered as Abyssinian.

12. Longhair progeny from an Exotic mating shall be registered as Persian.

13. All Agouti cats conforming to one of the four recognised Tabby patterns shall be recorded as such at the date of Registration, and in addition the registered pattern of adult cats shall be stated on entry forms for exhibition, and entered in Judges' books.

14. When the colour does not conform to any presently recognised breed/colour, the letter "Z" shall be added on all Breed/Type Division Breed Numbers, with no challenge status. This shall be for the purposes of registration and showing only.

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15. Registration of New Breeds.

15.1. Any member of ANCATS may apply for acceptance of a new breed that is accepted by two or more of the overseas registries.

15.2. Applications are to be sent in the first instance to the Provisional Central Office and should include information about the breed and its history, a detailed standard from the Country or State of origin, information about which of the ANCAT recognized registries already accept the breed, and information about whether the breed is in the process of gaining acceptance with any of the other recognized registries.

15.3. The Breeds Standards Council will consider applications and make recommendations to the Management Committee through the Breeds Standards Chairperson for acceptance or refusal. If recommending acceptance, the BSC will submit a proposed standard

15.4.The Management Committee may accept the new breed, accept it with amendments, decline to accept it, or request further information from the BSC Chair. If accepted, the new breed is granted breed status, and a Preliminary Standard is approved by the Management Committee, thus awarding full challenge status to the breed.

15.5. Any new breed introduced must participate in at least one breed seminar during the first twelve months after import of the new breed.

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16.New Colours/Varieties within Existing Breeds

16.1. Colours not currently listed in the Standard of Points shall be registered as Any Other Colour (AOC) breed division.

16.2. The Central Office will upon receipt of the above registration application, notify the Secretary for ANCATS and the Central Office that a registration for a new colour within an existing Breed has been requested, and shall provide details of the registration

16.3. The BSC will produce a written recommendation for the new colour, including a proposed breed colour description, and the recommendation shall be listed on the agenda for the next Management Committee meeting for consideration.

16.4. After considering any written submissions on the new colour and the recommendation, the Management Committee may confirm a colour description and standard of points for the new colour, and cats may thereafter be shown in those separate colour classes.

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17. Prefixes and Suffixes

17.1. To register any cat with ANCATS, the owner shall hold a Prefix or a Suffix registered with ANCATS, and such Prefixes shall be issued and granted at the discretion of the Management Committee. Once registered, any Prefix or Suffix shall not be altered, except as decided by the Management Committee.

17.2.To permit the use of the Prefix or Suffix to register any cat with ANCATS, each Prefix or Suffix holder shall be, and shall remain, a full financial member of ANCATS. All Prefix and Suffix holders shall also be, and shall continue to be, bound by the Constitution, By Laws, Rules, and Breeders Code of Ethics, of ANCATS.

17.3.A maximum of three people may be jointly registered as the holders of an ANCATS Prefix or Suffix.

17.4. 17.5.Suffixes granted on payment of the scheduled fee shall only be used as suffixes and not in combination with any registered prefix.

17.6. Applications for any Prefix or Suffix name will not be accepted if the name is likely, on reasonable objective considerations, to cause confusion, or if it is identical with, or bears a close resemblance to any Prefix or Suffix already registered in Australia, or is identical to or bears a close resemblance to a well-known overseas Prefix or Suffix.

17.7.The Prefix or Suffix should not exceed 14 letters.

Subject to the sole discretion of the Management Committee, each Prefix or Suffix is granted to the holder/s for his or her lifetime, and cannot be transferred or sold by the holder/s, but the holder/s may share the Prefix or Suffix with other persons, to no more than three holders per Prefix / Suffix in total upon:

17.8. If the original Prefix/Suffix holder in a jointly held Prefix /Suffix later resigns from the Prefix / Suffix, then unless the joint Prefix /Suffix holders have jointly held the Prefix /Suffix for more than five years, the Prefix /Suffix lapses, and cannot be continued by the remaining holders, who must apply for a new Prefix /Suffix.

17.9.On the death of a joint Prefix /Suffix holder the Prefix /Suffix vests automatically in the surviving joint Prefix /Suffix holders. Should any conflict arise over this, the conflict is to be referred to the Management Committee.

17.10.On the death of a sole Prefix /Suffix holder the Prefix /Suffix lapses, provided always that for a period of six months thereafter, cats already bred may be registered under the deceased holder/ s Prefix /Suffix, by the new owner of the cats, upon production of suitable documentation to support such registration.

17.11. Except as provided above, kittens born to cats inherited from the deceased after the death of the Prefix /Suffix holder must be registered under the new owner's Prefix.

The Management Committee may suspend or cancel a Prefix /Suffix at their sole discretion either:

a) on the written application of the Prefix holder/s,

b) Under the powers contained in the ANCATS Constitution, and ANCATS Disciplinary and Disputes Procedures.

17.7.1. Written application to the Central Office accompanied by the appropriate fee as set from time to time,

17.7.2. each new owner being a full financial member of ANCATS,

17.7.3.the person/s joining as a joint Prefix/Suffix holder shall also be, and shall continue to be, bound by the Constitution, By Laws, Rules, and Breeders Code of Ethics, of ANCATS.

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18. Application For Registration of Pedigree Cats

18.1. On all applications for registration the application shall be signed by the breeder, and certified by the stud owner or agent, as appropriate. Online applications for registration assume that the applicant has obtained all necessary certification as required, and that a paper copy is held for inspection if required.

18.2. The full registered name of any cat shall not exceed 32 characters, including spaces, hyphens, and apostrophes, but excluding titles and generation status.

18.3.Any incomplete applications may incur additional fees.

18.4.All cats registered as AOC's and AOV's shall have their actual colour and breed written on the pedigree, registration and transfer forms for the assistance of breeders.

18.5. If a cat is owned by more than one person, the names of all the owners the signature of one of the joint Prefix holders is sufficient for registration purposes.

18.6.In the case of kittens born of the same parturition but on different dates, the birth date shall be registered as the date on which the first kitten of the litter was born.

18.7.Progeny not intended for breeding may have this noted on the Application For Registration Form, and this notation will be printed on all future Transfer Certificates.

18.8.For online registrations, the field “Alter” assumes that the cat/kitten is not intended for breeding.

18.9.At the time of application to the Central Office, the Prefix used must be active according to ANCATS membership criteria as set from time to time. A Prefix which is inactive may not be used to register cats or kittens. A Prefix may not be used for registration purposes if the holder/s is not a current full financial member of ANCATS.

18.10.If the age, ancestry, or breeder's name is not known, the application is to state "age or breeder unknown" as applicable. Names of unregistered cats shall not be given on registration or transfer forms, but the words "unregistered" or "unknown" shall appear instead. When the parents are unregistered although known, the colour shall be stated, e.g. "Unregistered Black".

18.11.All applications for registration shall be in the Central Office's hands at least twenty eight clear days before the first show for which the registration is required.

18.12.The signature of the stud owner or lessee or lessee's agent and the date of service by the stud shall be entered on each application for registration. This signature certifies that the mating took place under their personal control and that there is reasonable cause to believe that the progeny listed resulted there from. Where such mating has been verified by an agent, the stud owner or lessee shall countersign the application.

18.13.In the case of online registrations, the applicant must have obtained all necessary certification as required, and must hold a paper copy for inspection if required.

18.14.The Management Committee at its sole discretion, shall be empowered to register cats which may not be registered through normal channels, e.g. death or incapacitation of the stud owner or lessee or agent where positive evidence, or a sworn affidavit of mating shall be submitted. This sub-clause may apply retrospectively at the sole discretion of the Management Committee.

18.15. A dead cat shall be registered only by the person owning it at the time of the cat's death, at the sole discretion of the Management Committee.

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19.Leases

19.1. A registered cat may be leased only to a Prefix /Suffix holder.

19.2. All leases shall be registered with ANCATS on the leasing advice form situated on the reverse side of the cat pedigree, and accompanied by the leasing fee as set from time to time, and sent to the Central Office.

19.3. Cats already on lease shall not in turn be subleased by lessees.

19.4 Upon receipt of a leasing advice form, if the details are correct and in order, the Central Office shall issue a certificate of pedigree, and despatch it to the lessee. The lessor may obtain a copy of the certificate of lease from the Central Office by written application.

19.5. Upon the expiration of the lease term the lessor shall make written application to the Central Office who shall then issue a certificate of transfer back to the lessor.

19.6. Lease advice forms for cats registered overseas must be accompanied by a four generation pedigree certified correct by the Governing Body with which the cat is registered, and a copy of the registration or transfer certificate showing the ownership of the cat.

19.7. Where a cat is jointly owned, all owners must sign the lease agreement, and it is recommended that a legally binding agreement be drawn up and signed by the parties.

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20.Imported Cats

20.1.Application to register an imported cat must be submitted to the Central Office on an ANCATS registration application form, to which must be attached an original certificate of export pedigree (detailing at least five generations of ancestors) and transfer certificate issued by the Governing Body or equivalent in the country or state with which the cat was registered at the time of export to Australia. Breeder's pedigrees shall not be acceptable

20.2.The application to register an imported cat must be accompanied by the current registration fee.

20.3.For ANCATS registration and transfer purposes, the date of transfer in the country of origin is deemed to be the date from which the importer/new owner assumed ownership of the cat

20.4. The name of an imported cat cannot be changed nor can any words be added to nor deleted from the name by the applicant for Australian registration. The name may include overseas titles. The name of an imported cat shall include the notation "Imp." together with the name of the country where the cat was first registered, in abbreviated form, e.g. "Imp NZ", "Imp U.K.". The suffix "Imp U.K. [or wherever] in Dam" is also permitted.

20.5. Entire cats born overseas may be registered in Australia providing that the breeder's Prefix is registered with ANCATS. The breeder shall complete the ANCATS application for registration and forward it to the appropriate Central Office, together with the requisite fee and photocopies of the registration of the sire and dam.

20.6.Cats imported from overseas as desexed pets [not for breeding] may be registered by a person/ s not holding a current ANCAT registered Prefix, providing the required certified approved documentation is provided. Fees shall be paid as set from time to time.

20.7. When queens are mated overseas and application made for the progeny subsequently born in Australia to be registered by ANCATS, a certified five generation pedigree and registration certificate of the stud cat, issued by the country or state in which the stud cat was registered at the time of mating, shall be forwarded, together with the application for registration of the progeny, to the Central Office. Photocopies of certified pedigree and registration certificate will be acceptable and other requirements shall be satisfied.

20.8. An imported cat may be granted dispensation for exhibition, pending the arrival of the certified export pedigree and transfer form from the country or state of origin. Upon application to the appropriate Central Office, this dispensation may be granted for a period not exceeding six months from the date of the cat's arrival in Australia. This action must be subsequently confirmed by the Management Committee at its next meeting.

20.9.Imported cats may not be exhibited in shows until dispensation has been granted as in Rule XXX.

20.10. Applications for extension of the period after the initial six months for exhibition as allowed in Rule XXX must be made through the Central Office for consideration by the Management Committee when there are extenuating circumstances.

20.11. Applications to the appropriate Central Office for dispensation for exhibition of imported cats must include the following details:

a) Cat's name, breed, colour, date of birth, registration number in country or state of origin, a copy of four generation pedigree (breeder's will suffice] and the name and address of both breeder and importer/new owner.

b) The Central Office shall notify the importer/ new owner if the application is in order and whether dispensation is granted.

c) When application is subsequently made to register the imported cat as in Rule XXX above, any discrepancies from the original application for dispensation for exhibition shall be notified to the Central Office, and the Management Committee shall have the power to cancel or alter any awards won during the period of dispensation.

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21.Registration of Pedigree Cats

21.1. An application for registration of a cat, as bred by the owner, shall only be accepted if prior to the birth of the cat its dam was listed in the ANCAT register as being owned or leased by the applicant, subject always to dispensation by the Management Committee, in its sole discretion.

21.2. The application for registration shall be accompanied by the current registration fee if the litter is registered within four months from the date of birth. Registrations after the fourth month from birth shall incur a higher charge as set from time to time.

21.3. All kittens must be registered with the litter together in the one application. No subsequent registrations of any kitten from the litter will be accepted.

21.4. Registered names of cats may comprise any number of words, so long as the letters in the name, including the Prefix, spaces, apostrophes and hyphens do not exceed thirty two [32] characters, excluding titles.

21.5.The elements of the cat's registered name following the Prefix may contain words previously used by that breeder and Prefix holder for the registered names of other cats.

21.6.The name of any cat once registered shall not be changed, except with the approval of the Management Committee, upon proper application being made.

21.7. If a registered cat dies before the age of four months, and before it has been exhibited or transferred, the owner may apply to the Central Office for cancellation of the registered name, and the name shall be deemed to have never been registered, and the registration fee shall not be refunded.

21.8. ANCAT is not responsible for errors on certificates of registration or transfer, and the Central Office will correct errors on the face of such certificates, upon written notice within fourteen days of the date of issue of the certificate, without further charge.

21.9. Where the breeder discovers that a cat has been incorrectly registered as to its colour and/or sex, and there is no conflict or doubt about the error, then upon written application to the Central Office, supported by appropriate evidence, the Central Office shall alter the registration accordingly, and issue a new certificate to the breeder. A change of registered name shall be permitted upon registration of a change of sex.

21.10.If there has been difficulty deciding the correct breed division for a cat, then upon resolution of that difficulty and upon written application by the owner to the Central Office, supported by appropriate evidence, the Central Office shall change the breed number of the cat and shall issue a new certificate recording the correct breed division.

21.11. A charge as set from time to time shall be made by the Central Office for each alteration under Rules XXX and XXX, and where dispensation is granted by the Management Committee for special registration of a litter, an additional charge of $35.00 shall be paid together with the usual registration and transfer fees.

21.12. The Management Committee is entitled to refuse registration, or the amended registration of any cat, in its absolute discretion, without giving any reason for its refusal.

21.13. Once any entire cat has won more than one Challenge Certificate in its originally registered colour, then the colour registered for that cat and its breed number shall be changed only:

a) On the recommendation of the Breeds Standards Council, and

b) On the recommendation of a "Reclassification Panel of Judges" in accordance with procedure which follows in Rule 10.5, and

c) The express approval of the Management Committee after the two recommendations above.

d) Cats dual registered for Silver under Rule XXX are exempt from these requirements for change of Breed Description

21.14. The Reclassification Procedure to be followed is:

a) On application, Central Office shall appoint a Reclassification Panel of three Judges [with a maximum of two Junior Judges if sufficient Seniors are not available], with a Senior Judge to act as convenor of the Panel, to sit at a date, time and place mutually suitable to the cat's owner and the Panel, to examine the cat.

b) The owner shall provide a correct four generation pedigree together with the registration or transfer certificate for the cat, plus any relevant data from the Central Office or the Breeds Standards Council to the convenor.

c) The Central Office shall advise the the Breeds Standards Council of the reason, date, time and place of the meeting of the Reclassification Panel so that the BSC may prepare data for the hearing, and so that a local member of the BSC may be present to advise where necessary.

d) The Reclassification Panel shall examine the cat in natural daylight where possible, each Judge must handle the cat in full, and if the examination takes place at a show venue then it shall be away from spectators.

e) The Reclassification Panel Convenor shall conduct and supervise the examination of the cat, and shall complete and dispatch the reclassification forms signed by all three Judges to the Central Office, and the Breeds Standards Council within 48 hours of completion of the cat's examination.

f) If the Reclassification Panel's decision is unanimous and an alteration to the breed registration or colour is approved the cat's registration certificate or transfer certificate shall be sent, with the completed reclassification form to the Central Office for recording in the Register. The cat may not be shown under the revised breed number or colour until the amended registration certificate has been received by the cat's owner.

g) When a cat has been reclassified to another breed description or colour, previous challenges awarded to the cat shall be cancelled unless the cat has been reclassified because of the presence of the dilute modifying gene in which case previous challenges awarded to the cat shall not be cancelled provided there is no change to the basic colour or pattern.

h) If the Reclassification Panel cannot reach a unanimous decision, then this shall be noted on the reclassification form/s, the cat shall be listed as AOC/AOV and exhibited as such, and the Central Office shall appoint a fresh Reclassification Panel upon request to view the cat. The Convenor of the new Panel shall be sent a copy of the previous reclassification forms by the Central Office.

i) This Rule shall be printed on the reverse of the reclassification form, and an appeal against any decisions made under this Rule can be made to the Management Committee.

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22.Verification of Records

22.1. The Central Office shall upon written application and receipt of the correct fee, provide written verification of the pedigree, or verification of the registration, of a cat to be exported.

22.2. The Central Office will upon written application and payment of the appropriate fee provide verification of a cat's show wins.

22.3. Any titles gained will be updated automatically without cost to members. Certificates and sashes are available at the published fee.

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23. Sale and Transfer of Registered Cats

23.1. On all applications for transfer of ANCAT registered cats, the application shall be signed by the owner or duly authorised agent, and shall have the names and breed numbers of cats, names of breeder and owner printed in capitals.

23.2. Any applications unsigned or with erasures or alterations shall be returned to the transfer applicant.

23.3. Purchasers/owners of breeding cats and kittens are to be supplied with a written pedigree on payment of the required fee per pedigree, on request from the purchaser/owner.

23.4. On the date of delivery of a kitten bred by the holder of a Prefix registered with ANCAT, to its new owner/s, the kitten:

a) shall have received at least one vaccination against Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus, and the Vet's vaccination certificate shall be provided by the breeder at the time of delivery of the kitten, and

b) shall be at least 10 weeks old, although ANCAT recommends a minimum age of 12 weeks, and

c) shall not be showing signs of illness which may be considered infectious or contagious; and any breeder holding a Prefix registered with the ANCAT found, upon a proper case having been proved, to have broken any of Rule 23.4 [a.] [b.] or [c.] may have the Prefix suspended or withdrawn by the Management Committee, or other appropriate penalty imposed.

d) The post-dating of a Bill of Sale, or the creation of any other false document where the kitten is actually delivered under the age of 10 weeks, shall be considered to aggravate the breach committed by the breeder.

e) Any cat or kitten with an obvious defect or deformity which could affect its future health, or could transmit such health problem, defect or deformity to its progeny, shall not be sold or transferred in any other way disposed of for breeding.

23.5. If a cat is registered in the names of more than one person, the names of all the registered owners (with a maximum of six (6) shall be detailed on the Transfer Application Form, and the signature of any one of the registered owners on the form shall be sufficient to enable registration of the transfer with ANCAT.

23.6. On the transfer in favour of one or more of the present owners of a cat registered with ANCAT, the outgoing owner/s must each sign the Transfer Application Form, for the transfer to be effective.

23.7. All cats sold for breeding shall have the transfer lodged by the vendor with the appropriate Central Office, within 14 days of receipt of the full purchase price and delivery of the cat by the vendor. Breeders may retain the right to withhold transfers of cats sold as pets, until proof of desexing is received from the purchaser, but once the proof of desexing is received, the transfer must be lodged by the breeder with the appropriate Central Office, within 14 days thereafter.

23.8. All transfers of cats or kittens for breeding stock shall be accompanied by a four generation computerised pedigree from the Central Office, and provided by the vendor.

23.9. Where the breeder and the purchaser agree by noting on the Transfer Application Form, whether with or without a formal desexing contract, that the kitten is sold "not for breeding" then whilst the kitten is under nine months of age it may be shown in the Entire Kitten section of shows.

23.10. Once such a kitten reaches nine months of age, as a cat it shall not be accepted for entry as an entire exhibit at any ANCAT show, unless the breeder completes a declaration agreeing to remove the "not for breeding" condition and the declaration and a fresh Transfer Application Form is lodged with the appropriate Central Office.

23.11. If a cat registered as “not for breeding” is exhibited and judged in the entire section of a ANCAT show, then all awards won by the cat at that show shall be automatically withdrawn by the Management Committee, upon proper proof of the matter.

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24.Export of Cats and Kittens

24.1. On the date of export from Australia of any kitten bred by a ANCAT registered Prefix holder, the kitten:

a)shall have received at least two vaccinations against Panleukopenia, Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus, and the Vet's certificate shall be provided at the time of delivery of the kitten, and

b)Should be at least four months old, and

c) shall not be exported while showing signs of any illness which may be considered infectious or contagious, and

d) if being a kitten or cat which is being exported for breeding and/or showing purposes, shall be accompanied by a Certified Export Pedigree verified by the appropriate Central Office, on payment of the current fee.

e) Cats previously imported into Australia which are being exported to their original owner or breeder need not comply with Rule 24 e) above, unless a Certified Export Pedigree is required by the Governing Fancy orCouncil in the country or state of the cat's ultimate destination.

f) Breeders moving overseas to take up residence, may, on application to the Management Committee, be exempted from the requirements of Rule 24 e),unless a Certified Pedigree is required by the Governing Fancy or Council in the country or state of new residency.

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