The Fédération Cynologique Internationale is the World Canine Organisation.
It includes 87 members and contract partners (one member per
country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI
makes sure that the pedigrees and judges are mutually recognised by all the FCI
The FCI recognises 343 breeds, Each of them 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; they are THE
reference assisting the breeders in their attempt to produce top-quality dogs.
Every member country conducts international shows (conformation shows) as
well as working/hunting trials and tests, as well as races/coursing. Results
are sent to the FCI office where they are processed. When a dog has been awarded
a certain number of awards, it is eligible to receive the title of International
Beauty, Show or Working Champion. These titles are confirmed by the FCI.
In addition, via the national canine organisation and the FCI, every breeder can
ask for international registration of his/her kennel name.
Eventually, the FCI keeps a list of all the judges appointed by its different members.