The FCI or Fédération Cynologique Internationale is an international association responsible for publishing standards for each breed and validating international dog shows. It was founded by 5 European countries and today has 91 partners worldwide.
What is the FCI?
The headquarters of the World Canine Organization is located in the Belgian town of Thuin. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) was created on May 22, 1911, with the aim of doing everything possible to protect purebred dogs. These are 5 countries that are at the origin of the creation of this federation namely Germany, Austria, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
The FCI has 91 members and contract partners and also has partnerships with dog clubs such as the Kennel Club (KC) and the American Kennel Club (AKC). The FCI recognizes a total of 344 dog breeds and each of them is specific to a defined country. Each country is responsible for establishing the standards to be respected for each breed in collaboration with the FCI.
It is on the basis of these standards that the judges of the different competitions examine the different dogs presented. These standards also serve as a reference for professional breeders.
The FCI is responsible for the publication, updating, and translation of the standards into the reference languages (English, French, Spanish, and German). It also ensures the validation of the results of the various canine competitions organized by the member countries such as agility tests, hunting tests, tests for herding dogs, etc.
The Federation deals with the publication of various international regulations. Finally, the organization must keep the calendar of the various international dog shows up to date.