Several organizations

Other organizations are working by the side of the FCI without being attached to it:

The Kennel Club(KC) in the United Kingdom,the American Kennel Club (AKC) in the United States and the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) in Canada, the Australian National Kennel Council (ANKC) in Australia and the Bermuda Kennel Club (BKC) in Bermuda.

The Kennel Club (KC)

Founded in 1873, in the United Kingdom, the Kennel Club is the oldest institution devoted to breed dogs. In addition to delivering pedigrees and circulating screening programs, the KC organizes some 6,000 dog events a year, among which the most renowned and prestigious one, at international level, certainly is "Crufts," which groups together over 25,000 dogs during four days and which requires a qualification to take part in it. Its official publication is the Kennel Club Gazette, published monthly.

The American Kennel Club (AKC)

The founding of the AKC dates back to1884. It consists of breed clubs and associations, but it also accepts multi -breed clubs. The salaried staffs of this large association are split between North Carolina and New York State.

The AKC organizes more than 13,000 events a year and innovates, too, in many fields, for instance with the setting up of a training institute for canine judges or of a canine health research foundation. The AKC has its own standards.

 There is a second institution in the United States,the UKC.

Founded in 1898, it recognizes breeds such as the American Pitt Bull Terrier or the American Bulldog that are not recognized by the FCI. It registers dogs in the fifty American states as well as in more than thirteen countries and organizes over 13,000 events every year.

Bermuda Kennel Club (BKC)

The youngest federation, the BKC, founded in 1955,followed the rules of the Canadian Kennel Club as regards working dog competitions and shows until 1967. It holds two annual shows, one in autumn and the other one in spring.

Australian National Kennel Council(ANKC)

The ANKC, founded in 1949, accepts the same standards as the FCI, but, though affiliated with it, it allows somewhat different judgments among the 153 breeds it recognizes. The ANKC Council consists of a president, an administrator and two delegates for each of the eight member states and meets once a year, on the third weekend of October.

The judges are selected by each state’s general council among candidates who must provide evidence of at least ten years’ experience in canine organizations. The ANKC appears to experience a decline in dog registrations since 1986 and in the number of members since 1995.

Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)

The CKC, founded in 1888, whose headquarters are in Toronto, counts approximately 25,000 individual members, represented by 12 delegates elected by the different regions, and currently recognizes 174 breeds. After a ban period,the Canadian judges are again allowed to perform their duties in the FCI’s international shows.


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