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The Fédération Cynologique Internationale is the World Canine Organisation. It includes 94 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges.

The FCI has five sections: Europe, The Americas and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, Middle-East and Africa.

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

The FCI recognises 344 breeds. Each of them is the ‘property’ of a specific country. The ‘owner’ countries of the breeds write the standard of these breeds (detailed description of the ideal type of the breed), in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI. The translation, updating and publication  of the standards are carried out by the FCI. These standards are THE reference for the judges at shows held in the FCI member countries, but also for the breeders in their attempt to produce top-quality dogs.

Every member country conducts international conformation shows as well as working/hunting trials and tests, Agility and Obedience competitions, races, coursing and herding trials. Results are sent to the FCI office where they are processed and homologated. When a dog has been awarded a certain number of awards, it is eligible  for the title of International Beauty, Show, Working, Beauty and Working, Agility, Obedience, Race, Beauty and Performance or Herding Champion. These titles are homologated by the FCI.

In addition every breeder can ask for international registration of his/her kennel name via his/her national canine organisation.

We remind that anybody wishing to bring any fact to the attention of the FCI can do it by post, by e-mail, by phone through our official communication means. We suggest you to visit our website, which will provide you the answer to a great majority of your possible questions. Would you not find the answer even in our regulations and official publications available on our website, we suggest you to turn to the national canine organisation member of the FCI which is responsible for the concerned matter (e.g. breeders, pedigrees, etc.). The contact details are available on our website.

As a last resort, the whole team of the FCI office of course stays at your disposal to guide you.

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