The present study evaluates for the first time in dogs, the kinetics of green tea catechins and their metabolic forms in plasma and urine. Ten beagles were administered 173 mg (12·35 mg/kg body weight) of catechins as a green tea extract, in capsules. Blood samples were collected during 24 h after intake and urine samples were collected during the following periods of time: 0–2, 2–6, 6–8 and 8–24 h. Two catechins with a galloyl moiety and three conjugated metabolites were detected in plasma. Most of the detected forms in plasma reached their maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) at around 1 h. Median Cmax for ( − )-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), ( − )-epicatechin-3-gallate (ECG), ( − )-epigallocatechin glucuronide (EGC-glucuronide), ( − )-epicatechin glucuronide (EC-glucuronide), ( − )-epicatechin sulphate (EC-sulphate) were 0·3 (range 0·1–1·9), 0·1 (range 0–0·4), 0·8 (range 0·2–3·9), 0·2 (range 0·1–1·7) and 1 (range 0·3–3·4) μmol/l, respectively. The areas under the plasma concentration v. time curves (AUC0 → 24) were 427 (range 102–1185) μmol/l × min for EGC-glucuronide, 112 (range 53–919) μmol/l × min for EC-sulphate, 71 (range 26–306) μmol/l × min for EGCG, 40 (range 12–258) μmol/l × min for EC-glucuronide and 14 (range 0·1–124) μmol/l × min for ECG. The values of mean residence time (MRT0 → 24) were 5 (range 2–16), 2 (range 1–11), 10 (range 2–13), 3 (range 2–16) and 2·4 (range 1–18) h for EGCG, ECG, EGC-glucuronide, EC-glucuronide and EC-sulphate, respectively. In urine, catechins were present as conjugated forms, suggesting bile excretion of EGCG and ECG. Green tea catechins are absorbed following an oral administration and EGC-glucuronide is the metabolic form that remains in the organism for a longer period of time, suggesting that this compound could suffer an enterohepatic cycle.