Fédération Cynologique Internationale
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale is the World
Canine Organisation. It includes 84 members and contract
partners (one member per country) that each issue their own
pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI makes sure that
the pedigrees and judges are mutually recognized by all the
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale was created on May
22nd, 1911 with the aim to promote and protect cynology and
purebred dogs by any means it considers necessary.
The founding nations of the FCI are as follows:
* Germany (Kartell für das Deutsche Hundewesen en
und Die Delegierten Kommission)
* Austria (Osterreichischer Kynologenverband)
* Belgium (Société Royale Saint-Hubert)
* France (Société Centrale Canine de France)
* Netherlands (Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied in
The Federation disappeared due to the first World War and
in 1921, the Société Centrale Canine de France and the Société
Royale Saint-Hubert re-created it. The new articles of
association were adopted on April 10th, 1921 and on March 5th,
1968, the FCI got the legal personality by decree.
The FCI recognizes 339 breeds, Each of them is the 'property'
of a specific country. The 'owner' countries of the breeds
write the standard of these breeds (description of the ideal
type of the breed), in co-operation with the Standards and
Scientific Commissions of the FCI, and the translation and
updating are carried out by the FCI. These standards are in
fact the reference on which the judges base themselves when
judging in shows held in the FCI member countries.
Every member country conducts international shows as well as
working trials. results are sent to the FCI office where they
are input into computers. When a dog has been awarded a
certain number of awards, it can receive the title of
International Beauty or Working Champion. These titles are
confirmed by the FCI.