With the Fédération Cynologique Internationale, world dog organizations have been in existence for 100 years. Other organizations, sometimes older, work side by side with it. The number of dog show organized every year throughout the world is huge: several tens of thousands.
The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) was founded on May 22, 1911. Its founding countries were Germany, Austria, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. It ended with the First World War and was restarted only in 1921 on the initiative of the Société Royale Saint-Hubert (Belgium) and the Société Centrale Canine (France).
An international authority, the FCI groups together 84 countries including most European countries, along with others from Asia, Latin America and Africa. It is based in Thuin, in Belgium. Its aims:
Web site of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale: www.fci.be