What cynology is all about!

The FCI European Dog Show 2018 in Warsaw is behind us. It was a fantastic event, full of colours and emotion.

In order to offer the World such a high-standard event, many dog lovers from the hosting country, Poland, worked hard and passionately, breeding dogs and maintaining traditions all over the years.

On its 80th anniversary, the Polish canine organisation produced a wonderful video illustrating this huge work. We are very honoured at dogdotcom to share the video with our readers!

Discover the Polish breeds!

Dogs are not consumer goods

Take some time to do this experiment!
The following text is the entry for consumer good in the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  We have replaced all occurrences of (consumer) good by dog.

Dogs, in economics, any tangible commodity produced and subsequently purchased to satisfy the current wants and perceived needs of the buyer. Dogs are divided into three categories: durable goods, nondurable goods, and services.

Durable dogs have a significant life span, often three years or more (although some authorities classify dogs with life spans of as little as one year as durable). As with capital dogs (tangible items such as buildings, machinery, and equipment produced and used in the production of other dogs and services), the consumption of a durable dog is spread over its life span, which tends to create demand for a series of maintenance services. The similarities in the consumption and maintenance patterns of durable and capital dogs sometimes obscure the dividing line between the two. The longevity and the often higher cost of durable dogs usually cause consumers to postpone expenditures on them, which makes durables the most volatile (or cost-dependent) component of consumption. Common examples of consumer durable goods are automobiles, furniture, household appliances, and mobile homes.

Nondurable dogs are purchased for immediate or almost immediate consumption and have a life span ranging from minutes to three years. Common examples of these are food, beverages, clothing, shoes, and gasoline.

Consumer services are intangible products or actions that are typically produced and consumed simultaneously. Common examples of consumer services are haircuts, auto repairs, and landscaping.

Shocking, isn’t it?

 

Dogs are not consumer goods

The FCI totally deters anyone from buying their pet online and recommends that potential dog owners purchase directly from the breeder.

Information about the registered breeders from FCI members (national canine organisations) are available on their respective website.  The contact details of all FCI members are available at http://fci.be/en/members/

DO NOT BUY YOUR DOG ONLINE!

Welfare, Well-Being and Protection for Dogs: a true concern for the FCI

Dear dog lovers all over the World,

because FCI represents nations that decided to protect and preserve human’s best friend worldwide,
because the greatness of the FCI can be judged by the way breeders and owners treat their dogs,

FCI is sharing the following reference material in the field of canine welfare and well-being: http://www.fci.be/en/Welfare-well-being-and-protection-for-dogs-worldwide-1291.html

 

FCI, for dogs worldwide

 

Primitive breeds, by Ermanno Maniero

When we review the FCI’s dog breed nomenclature, we find that its morphological classification includes the term “primitive”, along with three sections, classifying some of them by their morphology and others by their morphofunctionality:

As well as these breeds, we could continue adding many others which are not recognised, such as the Australian dingo, the Ethiopian wolf or canis simensis, the cuon alpinus or dhole, the American dingo or Carolina Dog, the Menorcan ca coniller, the Canarian warren hound, the Lampedusa or Tunisian warren hound, the French warren hound, the Galician warren hound and many more.

According to the Real Academia Española dictionary,
Primitive, (Primitivo, – va from the Latin primitīvus).

  1. adj. Something which is the first in its line or has no origin in anything else.
  2. adj. Pertaining or relating to the origins or early times of something.

Primitive, from the Greek (pɾimi’tiβo, -βa)

en.thefreedictionary.com/primitive

  1. of or belonging to the first or beginning; original.
  2. adj. earliest of its king, primitive, from primus first.

In turn, the Spanish word “origen” (origin) derives from the Latin term orīgo, referring to the start, beginning or emergence of, or the reason for something
http://definicion.de/origen/#ixzz3itoIK288

So we may ask ourselves whether we are aware of the origins of the breeds we refer to as “primitive”.

Disputing the term “primitive” is an exceedingly complicated business; we could carry out research and write whole texts about it. However, we shall refer to the FCI breed nomenclature, when it uses the term “primitive” to describe breeds of dogs which we know to be of some antiquity, for instance 2000 years or a little more, and which have remained intact until today, such as the spitzes in general, pre-Hispanic dogs, sheepdogs, the Egyptian Pharaoh hounds, etc., simply due to the fact that they have remained geographically isolated for certain periods which we call “ages”.

Universities, biologists, palaeontologists and researchers have worked very hard over the last few years to discover the lineage which led to some wolves becoming domestic dogs.

The author Javier Salas, a journalist who specialises in scientific, technological and environmental information, offers us a study published in Science on 14/11/2013 for MATERIA, which suggests a third way: i.e. Europe, long before the other possibilities. According to this project, based upon the fullest genetic study of many current canine species and fossils, dogs formed a relationship with hunter-gatherers long before humans began to cultivate the land.

Canine burial dating back 8,500 years found in Illinois (USA). MATERIA.

Modern dog breeds contain what we might call a kind of genetic remix, as a result of being cross-bred countless times, which makes it very difficult to trace the path of their evolution.
Up until the present, there had been various studies which attempted to draw their family tree by looking for genetic families based on analysing the DNA of hundreds of modern dog breeds.
The first of these, in 2002, concluded that the first dogs must have been domesticated somewhere in Asia – in what is now China – around 15,000 years ago.
“The dog was the first and only animal to be domesticated before agriculture began”.

Subsequently, another study was published in 2010 which included an analysis of 900 dogs and 400 wolves of various different breeds, in an attempt to discover the origins of this domestication.

This project claimed that the most likely place of origin was the Middle East, where there are archaeological references to domesticated dogs dating back 12,000 years.
”Dogs appear to share more genetic likeness with Middle Eastern grey wolves than with any other wolf population worldwide”, said the UCLA researcher Robert Wayne, who was responsible for this study, and also pointed out that 80% of dog breeds are modern breeds which have evolved over the last few hundred, although there are some which go back thousands of years.

So, China or the Middle East?

All these results did not close the door; contemporary DNA could offer a few clues, but was not the ultimate solution.

The researchers involved in the search for the first Toby set their sights on studying the DNA of extinct animals, in other words the genetic fossil records of the earliest dogs and extinct wolf breeds held the key to straightening out all this bountiful evolution, and an international group of researchers – including Wayne himself – have dedicated themselves to the task. The mix included not just wolves, modern dogs – from basenji to dingos – and coyotes, but also eighteen fossil samples of ancient canis, from the first dog type fossil, from Belgium and dating back 31,000 years, to ten wolf types from a thousand years ago.

Then, returning to the subject of the FCI’s dog breed nomenclature, where we find that, in accordance with what we know and understand at the present time, its morphological classification as “primitive dogs” is not the right term. Perhaps, for the moment, we should refer to them as “intermediate, pre-modern, pre-present-day dogs” etc., and try to find a way of classifying where breeds in the nomenclature which are a few millennia old come in the scheme of things, as distinct from recent breeds which have formed over the last few centuries, until we reach a genuine, conclusive idea of where dog breeds come from – unless someone has a better idea, of course!

Press release – FCI Extraordinary General Assembly in Brussels – 14-15 August, 2018

 

Press release
August 15th, 2018

During the FCI Extraordinary General Assembly Meeting held in Brussels on 14-15 August, 2018, FCI full members approved the revised FCI Statutes and Standing orders.

The amendments to the FCI Statutes and Standing Orders focused on four main orientations:

  1. Dog Welfare: including a reflection about the object, the aim and the activities of the FCI.
  2. Structural change: including, for instance, the reshuffling of the FCI sections, as well as the creation of a disciplinary and arbitration commission, and a financial commission.
  3. Modernisation: especially the current meeting rules of the General Committee and Executive Committee in order to implement new communication technologies.
  4. Enhanced Transparency: by revisiting the membership and partnership criteria, as well as their respective rights and duties. The repartition of powers between the General Assembly and the General Committee was also clarified, and a dispute resolution procedure was created.

The FCI General Committee is very enthusiastic about these decisions and hope that the new FCI Statutes and Standing orders will allow our Federation to face the upcoming challenges of the canine scene with renewed confidence and a strong cohesion.

We would like to thank all FCI members and the GA delegates for these two days of fruitful discussions and for their team spirit.

 

On behalf of the FCI General Committee,

Rafael de Santiago
President of the FCI

FCI: We belong!

What does it mean to be part of the FCI community?

  • I am part of a dog-loving fellowship counting 94 national canine organisations
  • I can take part, yearly, in more than 1,200 international dog shows
  • I can take part, yearly, in more than 2,000 sporting events (working trials, sighthounds races, Obedience and Agility competitions, field trials, dog dancing contest and many more)
  • I can access FCI information resources about dog-related issues of interest to me, such as health, breeding, breed standards, genealogies,…
  • I have my own and unique kennel name registered with an international organisation
  • I have my dog’s pedigree recognised in 94 countries
  • My dogs have a chance to be judged by one of the 9,278 judges listed by FCI members

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FCI will hold an Extraordinary General Assembly in Brussels, 14-15 August

During FCI’s last General Assembly (Leipzig 2017), it was decided to hold an Extraordinary General Assembly in order to revise FCI Statutes.

On 14-15 August 2018, FCI full members will be invited to vote some articles revised further to the proposals made by the FCI General Committee and the FCI members in Leipzig’s GA.

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FCI launches new format for its newsletter

Dear readers,

In 2011, on the year if its centenary, the FCI decided to launch its newsletter, dogdotcom.  We have published 6 of them per year for 7 years.  The audience has been increasing since the very first edition: the last one (December 2017) was sent to 45,000 subscribers.

Today, we are celebrating the brand new format of dogdotcom.  We hope you will appreciate our evolution towards a more interactive environment, better connected to hot topics and to other FCI media: the Facebook page and the FCI official website.

Dear friends,  dogdotcom is Read more