21 March 2013

Confused About FCI Rules in Europe

Dog shows in Europe are governed by the FCI. The rules for making up champions  is very different to our Kennel Club rules. Hopefully the link below will help us to understand what happens when showing under FCI rules.  


CACIB – (Certificat d'Aptitude au Championnat International de Beauté de la FCI)

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale has 84 member countries as of May 2008, with one member per country. 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. 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".


When a dog leaves an FCI show ring, with or without a ribbon, every dog receives a written critique in which the judge describes the dog’s quality, strengths and weaknesses. These written critiques are very valuable, especially when they come from well-known judges who are knowledgeable in the breed.

Click HERE for an explanation on FCI rules in Europe

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