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Fédération Cynologique Internationale
Abbreviation FCI
Motto For dogs worldwide.
Formation 1911
Legal status Active
Location Thuin, Belgium
Region served International
Affiliations A range of national kennel clubs

Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), is an international federation of kennel clubs based in Thuin, Belgium. The English language translation, World Canine Organisation, is not often used.

Its goals are described in Article 2 of their regulations:

The aims of the F.C.I. are 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; to support free exchange of dogs and cynological information between member countries and initiate the organization of exhibitions and tests.



The FCI was founded in 1911 by Germany, Austria, Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The Société Centrale Canine de France and the Société Royale Saint-Hubert in Belgium recreated the FCI in 1921 since it had disappeared in World War I.


The Fédération Cynologique Internationale has 84 member countries as of May, 2008, with one member per country.[1] Each member country regulates its own breed clubs and stud books, and trains its own judges; the Fédération Cynologique Internationale acts as an international coordinating body, making sure that pedigrees and judges are internationally recognized.[2] In addition, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale sponsors and regulates the World Dog Show and international dog shows. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale is not connected to any other dog club or body that also uses the acronym "FCI".


All breeds are divided into 10 groups. These groups are based on different issues such as appearance or use. The 10 groups are:

  1. Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
  2. Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid Breeds - Swiss Mountain and Cattle Dogs and Other Breeds
  3. Terriers
  4. Dachshunds
  5. Spitz and Primitive types
  6. Scenthounds and Related Breeds
  7. Pointers
  8. Retrievers - Flushing Dogs - Water Dogs
  9. Companion and Toy Dogs
  10. Sighthounds

Each group has different sections for different subgroups of dog breeds. In these sections the breeds are arranged in alphabetical order of their owner countries.

Each breed has its own breed number. This ensures that a specific breed can be correctly identified, because each breed might have different names in different countries or languages, and the names of many different breeds are similar to each other.

For example, the Norwegian Buhund is in Group 5 (Spitz and Primitive Types), Section 3 (Nordic Watchdogs and Herders), and is overall breed number 237.


The FCI informs about the shows and working trials held in each member country. The results are sent to the office in Belgium.

The FCI also sanctions world championship shows in various categories, including conformation, dog agility, obedience, sighthound racing, field trials, and others.

FCI members

Country Member Name
World Fédération Cynologique Internationale[3]
Argentina Federación Cinológica Argentina[4]
Australia Australian National Kennel Council[5]
Austria Österreichische Kynologenverband[6]
Azerbaijan Kinologičeskii Sojuz Respubliki Azerbaidžan[7][8]
Bahrain Kennel Club of Bahrain
Belgium Société Royale Saint-Hubert[9]
Belarus Belorussian Cynological Union[10]
Bolivia Kennel Club Boliviano[11]
Bosnia and Herzegovina Unija kinoloških saveza Bosne i Hercegovine (expelled)[12]
Brazil Confederaçao Brasileira de Cinofilia[13]
Bulgaria Bulgarian Republican Federation of Cynology[14]
Chile Kennel Club de Chile[15]
China China Kennel Union[16][17]
Colombia Asociación Club Canino Colombiano[18]
Costa Rica Asociación Canófila Costarricense[19]
Croatia Hrvatski kinološki savez[20]
Cuba Federación Cinólogica de Cuba
Cyprus Cyprus Kennel Club[21]
Czech Republic Českomoravská Kynologická Unie[22]
Denmark Dansk Kennel Club[23]
Dominican Republic Federación Canina Dominicana
Ecuador Asociación Ecuatoriana de Registros Caninos[24]
El Salvador Asociación Canófila Salvadoreña[25]
Estonia Eesti Kennelliit[26]
Finland Suomen Kennelliitto[27]
France Société Centrale Canine[28]
Georgia Fédération Cynologique de Géorgie
Germany Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen[29]
Gibraltar Gibraltar Kennel Club[30]
Greece Kennel Club of Greece[31]
Guatemala Asociación Guatemalteca de Criadores de Perros
Honduras Asociación Canófila de Honduras
Hong Kong Hong Kong Kennel Club[32]
Hungary Magyar Ebtenyésztők Országos Egyesülete[33]
Iceland Hundaræktarfélags Íslands[34]
India Kennel Club of India[35]
Indonesia Persatuan Kinologi Indonesia
Ireland Irish Kennel Club[36]
Israel Israel Kennel Club
Italy Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana[37]
Japan Japan Kennel Club[38]
Kazakstan Union of Cynologists of Kazakstan
Latvia Latvijas Kinologiska Federacija[39]
Lithuania Lietuvos Kinologu Draugija[40]
Luxembourg Union Cynologique Saint Hubert Luxembourg[41]
Macedonia Kinološki sojuz na Makedonija[42]
Malaysia Malaysian Kennel Association[43]
Malta Malta Kennel Club[44]
Mexico Federacíon Canófila Mexicana[45]
Moldavia Uniunea Chinologica din Moldava[46]
Monaco Société Canine de Monaco
Montenegro Kinološki savez Crne Gore[47]
Morocco Société Centrale Canine Marocaine
Netherlands Raad van Beheer op Kynologisch Gebied in Nederland[48]
New Zealand New Zealand Kennel Club[49]
Nicaragua Asociación Canina Nicaragüense
Norway Norsk Kennel Klub[50]
Pakistan Kennel Club of Pakistan[51][52]
Panama Club Canino de Panama
Paraguay Paraguay Kennel Club
Peru Kennel Club Peruano[53]
Philippines Philippine Canine Club[54]
Poland Związek Kynologiczny w Polsce[55]
Portugal Clube Português de Canicultura[56]
Puerto Rico Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico[57]
Romania Asociaţia Chinologică Română[58]
Russia Russian Kynological Federation[59]
San Marino Kennel Club San Marino[60]
Serbia Kinološki savez Srbije[61]
Singapore Singapore Kennel Club[62]
Slovakia Slovenska Kynologicka Jednota[63]
Slovenia Kinološka Zveza Slovenije[64]
South Africa Kennel Union of Southern Africa[65]
South Korea Korean Canine Club[66]
Spain Real Sociedad Canina en España[67]
Sri Lanka Kennel Association of Sri Lanka
Sweden Svenska Kennelklubben[68]
Switzerland Société Cynologique Suisse[69]
Taiwan Kennel Club of Taiwan[70]
Thailand Kennel Club of Thailand[71]
Ukraine Ukrainian Kennel Union[72]
Uruguay Kennel Club Uruguayo[73]
Uzbekistan Cynological Federation of Uzbekistan
Venezuela Federación Canina de Venezuela[74]

See also


  1. ^ FCI Home page
  2. ^ "breed standards must be written according to the model adopted by the FCI, in the "Jerusalem format"", so called because it was adopted at a meeting in that city.
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  12. ^, Termination of all partnership and contractual relations between the Fédération Cynologique Internationale and the Unija kinoloških saveza Bosne i Hercegovine Circular No. 6/2009, dated 2009-01-15 ((English) (French) (German) (Spanish))
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Simple English

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale is the World Canine (dog) Organisation.

It has 84 members and contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees (rules about how each type of dog should look) and train their own judges. The FCI makes sure that the pedigrees and judges are of one FCI member are recognised by all other FCI members.

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