An NHC member can apply for a prefix after holding membership to one of the affiliated clubs (currently Southern Hamster Club, Midland Hamster Club and Northern Hamster Club) for 12 months, and after renewing their membership for a second year. The prefix is the name under which you would then show. Some clubs do not permit showing under a prefix in pet classes so please check with your club if you wish to obtain a prefix for showing only in the pet classes.

In order to continue holding a prefix, you must remain a member of an NHC-affiliated club; if your club membership lapses, your prefix does too. As a club member, prefix holders must abide by the NHC Code of Conduct with respect to care of and breeding hamsters.

Applying for a Prefix

The prefix application form can be obtained from the National Secretary. There is a £5 charge to first set up your prefix, which lasts 12 months.

For new prefixes, the application form must be sent to the National Secretary for verification before any payment is made. Once the prefix is approved, the applicant will be notified and can pay online or by cheque.

The name can be anything you wish, though it is submitted for and is checked against a list of current prefixes and those that have recently'expired. Any indecent names will not be allowed. No prefix is allowable that is similar to one which is current or recently lapsed.

For example, if Joe Public had been a member for a year of the Midland Hamster Club he could fill in a prefix form for 'Public Hamstery' and return it to the National Secretary. If there was someone already as 'Public Hams', or had a name that sounded or looked similar then the member requesting 'Public Hamstery' would be asked to choose a different prefix.

If a new applicant tries to pay online before their application is approved, the £5 payment will be taken but classed as a ‘donation to the NHC’ and the applicant will have to pay again for their prefix. So, please have your prefix application approved before trying to pay online.

Prefix Renewal

Renewals cost £2 within 3 months of due date. After this time, the prefix lapses and can no longer be used. Lapsed prefixes cost £5 to renew.

A full list of current prefixes and prefix holders is published in the journal twice a year. Each month a list of prefixes due, outstanding and lapsed are published in the journal. This is how prefix holders are notified to renew their prefix; individual renewal emails/letters are not sent so please check the journal regularly.

Payment for prefix renewals can be done via PayPal, or cheque sent to the National Secretary (details can be found on the back of the Journal). Please contact the National Secretary if you require other payment options (postal order, etc.). Cheques are made payable to ‘National Hamster Council’.

To apply for reinstatement of a lapsed prefix please contact the National Secretary directly.

 

Currently Registered Prefixes

AMBERHILL HAMSTERY

BELVEDERE HAMS

BLACK COUNTRY HAMS

BLACKBERRY STUD

BLUE ROSE HAMSTERY

BOURNE VALLEY HAMSTERS

BRAMBLEBERRIES HAMSTERY

CABBAGE PATCH HAMSTERY

CAMELOT

CELESTIAL HAMS

CHERRY TREE HAMSTERY

CHEVERTON HAMS

CUPCAKE HAMSTERY

CUSTARD HAMSTERY

DANS HAMS

DOODLE MAGIC HAMSTERY

DORIC HAMSTERY

DOUBLE JAY

DRAGONFLY HAMSTERY

DUNCTON HAMSTERY

FARTHING HAMSTERS

FLAT TOP HAMSTERY

GRANTABRUGGE

HAMSTER MISCHIEF

HAPPY VALLEY HAMSTERY

HEDGEHOG HAMSTERY

HONEYBUZZ HAMSTERY

HURTLE HAMS

LEEDS HAMS

LILLIPUT HAMSTERY

LUCKY HAMSTERS

MAD ABOUT HAMSTERS

MALLY HAMS

MAUS HAUS

METALLICA HAMSTERY

MILES TO GO HAMS

NOBODY’S HAMS

NOOBOO HAMSTERY

NORTH STAR HAMS

NORWOOD HAM-STARS

OAK FARM

OLYMPUS HAMS

PARADISE HAMSTERS

PEERIE CRITTER HAMSTERY

POLECAT HAMS

PS HAMS

RIO HAMS

ROMA HAMSTERY

ROTHER HAMS

RUBY HAMSTERY

SAI N’AMOR

SCORPIO SYRIANS

SOMERSHIRE HAMSTERS

SOUTH COAST SYRIANS

STARLIGHT

STEEL CITY HAMS

SUNFLOWER SYRIANS

TER HAMS

THOR’S HAMS

TICKERTYBOO HAMS

TOWY VALE HAMSTERY

TRISTAR HAMS

TUFTYFLUFF HAMS

TWILIGHT HAMS

VECTIS HAMSTERY

WELLINGTON HAMSTERY

WHITEWATER HAMSTERS

WILLOW TREE HAMSTERY

WYESIDE HAMSTERS