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Repatriating dogs.
For some countries it is necessary that the papers / health of the dogs must be legalized before they can return to their own country. This is done in the Netherlands by the government agency NVWA. More information can be found on the page “Repatriating dogs and legalization”.


Dutch law is applicable to dogs entering the Netherlands from abroad. All dogs must be chipped, adequately vaccinated or have undergone serum antibody titer testing. All relevant results must be recorded in a European pet passport, or official documents, validated by a practising veterinary surgeon and showing the final validity dates. For more information on health and participation at the World Dog Show please see the website under special conditions.

Dogs with cropped ears are not permitted to enter shows in the Netherlands regardless of their country of origin. Dogs with docked tails are currently only permitted to enter shows in the Netherlands if this took place for medical reasons. If you enter the World Dog Show with such a dog, you must be able to show on request a declaration issued by a practising veterinary surgeon and/or a statement in a European pet passport. There are no entry restrictions for dogs with docked tails coming from countries where tail docking is currently allowed. These rules apply to entry to the World Dog Show, the Benelux Winner, Group shows and other activities such as demonstrations and workshops. If for any reason the above policy in regard to docking is changed, we shall communicate this. If the policy in regard to docking should change before entry to the show closes, dogs which have already been entered and which do not comply with the new rules will be permitted to be withdrawn without cost.

Because the Dutch Kennel Club believes the health and welfare of dogs to be of utmost importance, our special Canine Welfare Team will be present at the World Dog Show. They will keep an eye on activities inside and outside the exhibition halls, for example checking that dogs are not kept too long in cages or on grooming tables, have access to drinking water and are treated kindly. If the team has reason for concern, they will inform the organisation. Appropriate action may then be taken, which could result in a disqualification.


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