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
In memoriam Gert Christensen
Gert Christensen

The FCI General Committee was informed that Mr Gert Christensen, Danish FCI All Breed international judge, died on Sunday, November 20, 2016.

He was a very respected judge in Denmark and abroad.

All the members of the FCI General Committee want to express their sincere condolences to Mr Christensen’s family and to the Danish cynological world.

Rafael de Santiago
FCI President

President of the South African canine organisation, Greg Eva: his term of office comes to an end
Greg Eva

Greg was bon Cornwall, England, he moved to South Africa with his parents, he moved around South Africa, finally settling in Cape Town with his wife Gill and their 3 children.
He joined the Federal Council of KUSA in 1971, in 1978 he became Chairman of the Council, the position which was amalgamated with that of the President in 1987.

He was instrumental in forming the relationship with FCI and proud that KUSA South Africa is now a full member of the FCI.
He retired from Safmarine in 1994 and devoted much more time to KUSA and dog matters. He is a qualified FCI All Breed Judge and has judged in a lot of countries around the world.

His term of office comes to an end on 31/12/2016, he has been elected as Patron of KUSA, South Africa.

Lois Wilson

To all FCI members

Dear Kennel Clubs,

I would like to inform you about a change in the board of the Dutch Kennel Club ‘Raad van Beheer’.
Today the Dutch Kennel Club issued the following statement:

Dutch Kennel Club ‘Raad van Beheer’ has a new president

During the General Assembly on December 3rd 2016, Gerard Jipping announced his resignation as chairman of the board of the Dutch Kennel Club. The new chairman of the Board of the Dutch Kennel Club as of today is mister Jack Alberts LL.M. Also, the board has appointed a new vice president, namely Albert Hensema who is also treasurer of the Dutch Kennel Club.

Jack Alberts

Jack Alberts received his first purebred dog in 1971. His interest started with the sheepdogs and later went out to the sighthounds. Jack now has lost his heart for many years to the Whippet. In the eighties and nineties he bred on a small scale. Later on he showed imported Whippets at dog shows. From 1996 to 2005 he was chairman of the Dutch Whippet Club.

From June 2009 Jack Alberts has been a member of the Board with Legal Affairs as his portfolio. This stemmed from his former profession as a lawyer. When Jack Alberts was elected as member of the Board he withdrew from performing additional cynological functions.

During his opening speech the new president very aptly stated: the board cannot perform on his own, the board is doing it together with you, we do it all together in consultation and in good harmony, because we ultimately have the same goal: "a passion for dogs" in all its facets.

Best regards.

Gerard Jipping
Board member Dutch Kennel Club ‘Raad van Beheer’
President World Dog show 2018

Visit the FCI stand at a selection of dog shows in 2017 !

25-27 August – European Section Dog Show in Kiev (UA)

9-12 November – World Dog Show in Leipzig (DE)

As usual you will have the opportunity to take our quiz and try to win Cobby, the FCI mascot !

We look forward to meeting you!

Official Carrier Programmes
The FCI General Secretariat is extremely glad to inform that, further to negotiations with Brussels Airlines - the Belgian airline company - the FCI has just signed a partnership with Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Group: from June 1st 2016, all tickets booked on Brussels Airlines and on Lufthansa Group IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN FCI EVENT (dog show, trial,…) through FCI’s website will get a discount (up to 10%, please refer to the conditions to learn how you can get your discount on flight tickets).
All details (and especially the conditions) are available on the Official Carrier Programmes Section of FCI website’s homepage: www.fci.be

World Dog Show - Leipzig 2017