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FCI and CKC Split Effective January 1, 2007
By Louis A. Fallon

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At the 82-country Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI)#1  General Assembly meeting in Rome on October 25 and 26, 2006, the FCI General Committee made the following decisions regarding the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)#2 effective January 1, 2007;

+  That Canadian Kennel Club judges will no longer be allowed to officiate at FCI International CACIB dog shows.

+  Pedigrees issued by the Canadian Kennel Club will no longer be recognized by the FCI. 

+  The title of Canadian Kennel Club Champion will no longer be accepted for entry in the Champion Class at FCI International CACIB shows.

The FCI said that this action was due to the continuous lack of communication and response from the Canadian Kennel Club, due to the fact that the CKC does not recognize the pedigrees from many of our FCI members and contract partners and due to the lack of common orientation between the two organizations, the Canadian Kennel Club judges will no longer be allowed to officiate at FCI international CACIB shows as of January 1st 2007.

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale was created on May 22nd, 1911 with the aim to promote and protect cynology (the study of canines) and purebred dogs by any means it considers necessary.

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale is the World Canine Organization. It includes 82 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges.  The AKC is not a member of the FCI although it recognizes it. 

The founding nations of the FCI were:

* 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 Nederland)

The FCI recognizes 338 breeds.  Each of the breeds 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.

The FCI makes sure that the pedigrees and judges are mutually recognized by all the FCI members.

Every member country conducts international shows as well as working trials.  The 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.

In addition, via the national canine organization and the FCI, every breeder can ask for international protection of his/her kennel name.

The FCI publishes a trimestrial magazine in four languages (French, English, German and Spanish). Any information on this publication are available from STRATEGO, Muhlenweg 4, 7221 Marz, Austria.

The FCI keeps a list of all the judges appointed by its different members.


#1 Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

#2 Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) 


Related Articles;

CKC Divorced by FCI

FCI Circular 125/2006


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