The Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCIstructure )’s and goals are discussed, with an emphasis on the laws and guidelines that apply to dog breeding and genetic health. The emphasis is on recently adopted tactics to improve the genetic health of dogs and actions to balance out excessive morphological traits. Based on their significance to canine health, the FCI’s actions regarding breed recognition and doping regulations that are directly under the control of cynological organizations are listed.

As a global federation of national kennel clubs, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) was founded in 1911. The number of individual members in participating nations exceeds 2 million, and national kennel clubs register approximately 2.2 million puppies annually under the FCI. Agreements are formed on the reciprocal recognition of stud books and collaborations addressing health issues related to breed standards with the Kennel Club (UK), the American Kennel Club, and the Canadian Kennel Club. The FCI lists health, temperament, and behavior as the three most crucial factors affecting dogs and breed standards in its statement of values.

The Fédération Cynologique Internationale’s organizational chart
The FCI presently has 86 member nations and contract partners, making it a truly global organization. Currently, there are 36 countries from Europe, 18 from America and the Caribbean, 6 from Asia, and 1 from Africa that are full members. There are also other affiliated members and contract partners, such as China, Australia, and New Zealand. The Japanese Kennel Club has the biggest yearly number of registered dogs, and the French Kennel Club has the most individual members (550,000 in 2010).

raising healthy dog breeds
Both the FCI and the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) have been working on strategies to improve canine genetic health for many years. At FECAVA symposiums held at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Congresses in Rhodes, Greece, in 2004, topics such as health and welfare in dog breeding, the importance of breeding programs, and the actions of the FCI and WSAVA to improve canine genetic health were covered.