Time really flies! At the twilight of 2016 we can definitely say that this year was challenging but gratifying. To run a global federation like the Fédération Cynologique Internationale is not an easy task. Cultural, political and vision differences bring conflicts that must be promptly resolved, taking into consideration how the results will affect the cynological community. Thanks to a great team work and efforts we managed to solve the issues we were faced with during this past year.

After months of speculations regarding the ability of the RKF to organise the World Dog Show 2016, the most important dog show in the World was a world-class event with marvelous dogs, incredible hospitality and excellent press. On the other hand we were sad to hear that Ecuador resigned from the organisation of the FCI General Assembly and the World Dog Show 2017. Making history, the VDH, in an unprecedented situation, took a step forward to organise both events in Leipzig, Germany, next November. We are grateful and proud that the VDH took this huge responsibility.

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Rafael de Santiago
FCI President
FCI Worlwide (1922-2011)
by Y. De Clercq, FCI Executive Director, 1998-...
Part 7/7

An extraordinary Assembly takes place in Zurich in 1992 due to irregularities occurred at the Dortmund meeting the previous year.

Argentina and the city of Buenos Aires welcome the FCI members in 1993. Mr Defraiteur has unfortunately died in the meantime and is replaced by Mr E. Vanherle.

1995, Brussels is proud to host the members. In his report, Mr Müller indicates that the preceding year, the FCI has bought its own offices, situated at Place Albert 1er, 13, B-6530 Thuin (BE). The headquarters are still situated there today.

Two years later, in San Juan (Puerto Rico), considering the constant development of the FCI, it is been decided to extend the offices as more space is needed for the staff to be able to work in excellent conditions. The FCI therefore buys a second building, adjacent to the one already occupied at that time.

The FCI General Committee appoints a new Secretary General who will start his function from January 1st, 1998: Mr Y.De Clercq.

IT and technology develop rapidly and the FCI has no choice but to embark on the boat of modernity. In 1999, at the request of E. Maniero, General Committee member, the FCI develops its own website and electronic communication.

The current FCI diploma for the title of International Champion

An old version of the FCI diploma for the title of International Champion

From early 2000, dogs frequently become a subject of interest (dangerous dogs, anti-dog legislation, dog trading, etc.) for the press and of course for politicians. H. Müller insists on that point during his speech at the General Assembly in 2001 in Porto. “A major principle must prevail” he says: “it is not quantity that matters but quality”.

This struggle is one of the leading points of the president's concerns. In 2003 in Dortmund, he reiterates: “governmental authorities try more and more to take control of cynology ... to fight against dog's trade …. when breeding is monitored by the national canine organisations, governmental authorities have very few possibilities to attack cynology and no reason to do so ...”.

In the meantime, the FCI has turned into a truly international and professional organisation. The figures are impressive: 471 CACIB shows for a total entry of 553,926 dogs and 81,852 CACIB's confirmed. Other canine sports have also developed over the years: Agility, Obedience, Sightounds Races, etc.
The number of FCI-registered kennel names, now administered by the FCI Office, is very high with an average of 25,000 affixes granted yearly.

In 2005, in Buenos Aires (Argentina), it is decided to entrust the FCI founding members (Belgium, France, Austria, Germany and the Netherlands) with the organisation of the major events (World Dog Show, European Section Show, Sports Championships, etc.) that will commemorate the centenary of the Federation, in 2011.

The function of Secretary General is changed into Executive Director. The website keeps expanding and drags an average of 50,000 visitors a month.

The 2007 Assembly takes place in Acapulco, Mexico. On this occasion, the FCI Statutes are deeply amended, largely inspired from the FIFA's. Three major points: the president will now be elected by the General Assembly, there are no “quantitative” requirements any more for an associated member to become a full member and the Assembly is given the possibility to grant the titles of Member and President of Honour. The first persons to be granted this title are MM Reisinger, Fischer and Maniero for their long-standing and helpful contribution to the FCI over the last 20 years.

Again, the Executive Director, like his predecessors, emphasises the importance of producing not only beautiful, but also performing dogs.
However, the ever increasing restrictions and bans on hunting and guarding (utility) practices in different countries make it more difficult for the members to organise hunting tests.
Agility contests are, from their side, gaining popularity.

In 2008, surfing on the “green” wave, the FCI decides to turn to the electronic means of communication as far as circulars, standards, instructions, etc. are concerned.

In 2009, in Bratislava, upon proposal of the members, it is decided to change the concept of the FCI magazine and to produce a bi-monthly e-newsletter. For the first time, a worldwide drawing contest, where different schools from the city of Thuin and the FCI members are asked to take part is organised. The FCI definitely steps into the world of marketing, visibility and public relations. The model of breed standard is revised and then approved by the General Committee making it more detailed and accurate.

On June 3rd, 2011, on the occasion of its Centenary year, the FCI, having a great opportunity, buys the land -200 m²- situated behind its offices, extending therefore its facilities and meeting the business’ demands in terms of space, modernity, etc. One month later, the last General Assembly of the first Centenary of the FCI takes place in .... Paris …. exactly where it all started in 1911 !

On this occasion, Mrs C. Molinari is awarded with the title of member of honour.

From 2 CACIB shows conducted in 1912, we have reached the figure of 821 in 2010! 131,000 CACIB's were confirmed in 2010 by the FCI office, 182 titles of CIT and more than 7,000 CIB (and CIE). The number of trials (utility and hunting) goes beyond 1,000.

To celebrate its Centenary, the FCI has given its patronage to different specific events:

  • May 2011: FCI Centenary Winner Dog Show in Dortmund
  • July 2011: FCI Centenary World Dog Show in Paris
  • September 2011: FCI Centenary European Dog Show in Leeuwarden
  • November 2011: FCI Centenary Champion of Champions and the Cynological Days in Brussels

In addition, it has created a Mascot, called COBBY, which will accompany the Federation in all its communication plans.

After 100 years of existence, the FCI has grown into a mature, adult institution! So many people, volunteers and paid staff, have made our history and their passion for dogs made it possible to safeguard the canine breeds exchanging information and experiences throughout the world for decades. The objectives originally defined by the Duke of Lesparre, the Count Clary, the Barons Jaubert, de Plato and de Rodde, MM Gramont, De Buck, van Muylen, Quarles van Ufford and by Dr Kloppert have been fulfilled! No doubt about it. What a great adventure, what a great project! We can be proud of what we have achieved, in respect of the wishes expressed by our prestigious predecessors. Another 100 years are now ahead of us! Good luck to our successors!