The FCI or Federation Cynologique Internationale, or World Canine Organization in English, is an international Kennel Club situated in Thuin, Belgium.

The Federation Cynologique Internationale is composed of 84 contract partners and members, with one for every country. Each of these members issue their very own pedigrees and they are even in charge of training their own judges. The Federation Cynologique Internationale ensures that the judges and pedigrees alike have been mutually recognized by all members of the FCI.

Article 2 of the regulations of Federation Cynologique Internationale describes the goals of the organization. The objectives of the Federation Cynologique Internationale are to promote and encourage use and breeding of purebred dogs with physical features and functional health which meet the set standard for every respective breed and have the capacity to work and accomplish functions in accordance with the particular characteristics and traits of their specific breed. They also aim to protect the use, breeding, and keeping of dogs in their member countries, and support the free exchange of canines and cynological details between the member countries and start the organization of tests and exhibitions.

It was in 1911 when the Federation Cynologique Internationale was founded in the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Austria, and Germany. Belgium’s Société Royale Saint-Hubert and Société Centrale Canine de France recreated the Federation Cynologique Internationale in 1921 ever since this disappeared during World War I.

As mentioned earlier, as of May 2008, the Federation Cynologique Internationale already has 84 member countries with a single member for every country. Every member country is regulating its own stud books and breed clubs, and trains its own set of judges. The FCI serves as the global coordinating body, ensuring that the judges and pedigrees have been internationally recognized. Aside from that, the Federation Cynologique Internationale is also regulating and sponsoring international dog shows and the World Dog Show. The Federation Cynologique Internationale is not in any way connected to other bodies or dog clubs which make use of the acronym FCI.

Federation Cynologique Internationale’s Recognized Groups of Breeds

Every breed has been divided into a total of 10 groups. The said groups have been based on various issues like use or appearance. These 10 groups are the following:

  • Group 1 – Cattle dogs aside from Swiss Cattle Dogs, and sheep dogs
  • Group 2 – Schnauzer and Pinscher – Swiss Cattle and Mountain Dogs – Molossoid Breeds
  • Group 3 – Terriers
  • Group 4 – Dachshunds
  • Group 5 – Primitive and Spitz types
  • Group 6 – Scenthounds as well as other related dog breeds
  • Group 7 – Pointing dogs
  • Group 8 – Flushing Dogs – Retrievers – Water Dogs
  • Group 9 – Toy and Companion Dogs
  • Group 10 – Sighthounds

Every group has various sections for the different subgroups of the breeds of dogs. Every breed also has its corresponding breed number. It ensures that a certain breed will be properly identified since every breed could have various names in various languages or countries, and the names of most of the different breeds are the same with one another.

The Federation Cynologique Internationale informs about the working trials and shows being held in every member country. The results are then sent to their Belgium-based office.

The Federation Cynologique Internationale is also in charge of sanctioning world championship shows in different categories such as dog agility, conformation, sighthound racing, obedience, field trials, and many others.

Below are the different members of the Federation Cynologique Internationale:

  • Fédération Cynologique Internationale – World
  • Federación Cinológica Argentina – Argentina
  • Australian National Kennel Council – Australia
  • Österreichische Kynologenverband – Austria
  • Kinologičeskii Sojuz Respubliki Azerbaidžan – Azerbaijan
  • Kennel Club of Bahrain – Bahrain
  • Société Royale Saint-Hubert – Belgium
  • Belorussian Cynological Unionm- Belarus
  • Kennel Club Boliviano – Bolivia
  • Unija kinoloških saveza Bosne i Hercegovine (already expelled) – Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Confederaçao Brasileira de Cinofilia – Brazil
  • Bulgarian Republican Federation of Cynology – Bulgaria
  • Kennel Club de Chile – Chile
  • China Kennel Union – China
  • Asociación Club Canino Colombiano – Colombia
  • Asociación Canófila Costarricense – Costa Rica
  • Hrvatski kinološki savez – Croatia
  • Federación Cinólogica de Cuba – Cuba
  • Cyprus Kennel Club – Cyprus
  • Českomoravská Kynologická Unie – Czech Republic
  • Dansk Kennel Club – Denmark
  • Federación Canina Dominicana – Dominican Republic
  • Asociación Ecuatoriana de Registros Caninos – Ecuador
  • Asociación Canófila Salvadoreña – El Salvador
  • Eesti Kennelliit – Estonia
  • Suomen Kennelliitto – Finland
  • Société Centrale Canine – France
  • Fédération Cynologique de Géorgie – Georgia
  • Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen – Germany
  • Gibraltar Kennel Club – Gibraltar
  • Kennel Club of Greece – Greece
  • Asociación Guatemalteca de Criadores de Perros – Guatemala
  • Asociación Canófila de Honduras – Honduras
  • Hong Kong Kennel Club – Hong Kong
  • Magyar Ebtenyésztők Országos Egyesülete – Hungary
  • Hundaræktarfélags Íslands – Iceland
  • Kennel Club of India – India
  • Persatuan Kinologi Indonesia – Indonesia
  • Irish Kennel Club – Ireland
  • Israel Kennel Club – Israel
  • Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana – Italy
  • Japan Kennel Club – Japan
  • Union of Cynologists of Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan
  • Union Cynologists of Kyrgyzstan – Kyrgyzstan
  • Latvijas Kinologiska Federacija – Latvia
  • Lietuvos Kinologu Draugija – Lithuania
  • Union Cynologique Saint Hubert Luxembourg – Luxembourg
  • Kinološki sojuz na Makedonija – Macedonia
  • Malaysian Kennel Association – Malaysia
  • Malta Kennel Club – Malta
  • Federación Canófila Mexicana – Mexico
  • Uniunea Chinologica din Moldava – Moldavia
  • Société Canine de Monaco – Monaco
  • Kinološki savez Crne Gore – Montenegro
  • Société Centrale Canine Marocaine – Morocco
  • Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied in Nederland – Netherlands
  • New Zealand Kennel Club – New Zealand
  • Asociación Canina Nicaragüense – Nicaragua
  • Norsk Kennel Klub – Norway
  • Kennel Club of Pakistan – Pakistan
  • Club Canino de Panama – Panama
  • Paraguay Kennel Club – Paraguay
  • Kennel Club Peruano – Peru
  • Philippine Canine Club – Philippines
  • Związek Kynologiczny w Polsce – Poland
  • Clube Português de Canicultura – Portugal
  • Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico – Puerto Rico
  • Asociaţia Chinologică Română – Romania
  • Russian Kynological Federation – Russia
  • Kennel Club San Marino – San Marino
  • Kinološki savez Srbije – Serbia
  • Singapore Kennel Club – Singapore
  • Slovenska Kynologicka Jednota – Slovakia
  • Kinološka Zveza Slovenije – Slovenia
  • Kennel Union of Southern Africa – South Africa
  • Korean Canine Club – South Korea
  • Real Sociedad Canina en España – Spain
  • Kennel Association of Sri Lanka – Sri Lanka
  • Svenska Kennelklubben – Sweden
  • Société Cynologique Suisse – Switzerland
  • Kennel Club of Taiwan – Taiwan
  • Kennel Club of Thailand – Thailand
  • Ukrainian Kennel Union – Ukraine
  • Kennel Club Uruguayo – Uruguay
  • Cynological Federation of Uzbekistan – Uzbekistan
  • Federación Canina de Venezuela – Venezuela
  • Vietnam Kennel Association –Vietnam

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