Kennel Club Rules for
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Thinking up a name for a dog can give you quite a headache.  If you have a new dog and you don't have a pet name yet I've compiled a list of dog's names that might help.  If you want to compete in Agility, Flyball, Heelwork to Music, Obedience or Working Trials you must also think up a name for your dog and register it on the Activity Register at the Kennel Club.  You will need to think up at least two names in case the first one is taken.  Once you have registered you can compete at Kennel Club licensed events for the activities previously mentioned but it does not qualify you for entry on the Kennel Club Breed Register or to compete in Field Trials, Gundog, Working Tests, Bloodhound Trials and Breed Shows (except Companion Shows). Neither may its progeny be registered on the Breed Register.

The following rules on the naming of dogs are taken from the Kennel Club registration form for the Activity Register.  You can download the appropriate form by clicking on the link.

Guidelines for Naming Dogs (please read carefully).

• A name must consist of more than one word but not exceed 24 letters (including Kennel Name)

• A name which conflicts with an approved current Kennel Name granted to another person will not be accepted

• A registered name cannot be repeated on the Activity Register

• The surname of the breeder/current owner is not acceptable

• A word cannot be repeated when applying to register more than one dog

• If a Kennel Name is to be used, the Kennel Name must appear as the first word in the name if named by the breeder. If you are not the breeder of the dog, or the breeder of both the parents, the Kennel Name must appear as the last word of the name

• Numbers in figures and initials are not acceptable. Abbreviations may be disallowed

• Canine terms are not permissible e.g. ‘dog’, ‘bitch’, ‘kennel’, ‘champion’, ‘Crufts’and specific names of breeds

The Kennel Club reserves the right to refuse any name, which it considers inappropriate or offensive. The Kennel Club retains the right to request a fresh name for any dog after the registration has been accepted, in the event of a complaint being lodged with the Kennel Club which is upheld.
 

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