World canine organizations

World Canine Organisation

The World Canine Organization (FCI)

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 World Canine Organization

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:

  • to encourage and promote breeding and use of purebred dogs whose functional health and physical features meet the standard set for each respective breed and which are capable of working and accomplishing functions in accordance with the specific characteristics of their breed; 
  • to protect the use, keeping and breeding of dogs in the member countries;  
  • align the regulations of international dog events (organizations, judging, international working and beauty championship titles);
  • promoting the circulation of breed standards drawn up by the countries of origin and which are regularly published in a quarterly magazine by the FCI;
  • making sure that every member country holds at least four international championships a year. The FCI grants the titles of International Working and Beauty Champions.

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