Call to take part in the FCI Centenary Champion of Champions event

Half of the FCI Centenary Year has now gone by and we can already look back on two very successful centenary events: the FCI Centenary Winner Show in Dortmund and the FCI Centenary World Dog Show in Paris. The next major event, shortly to be taking place, will be the Centenary European Show in Leeuwarden (NL). We would like to take this opportunity of wishing the organisers every success.

The culmination of the Centenary Year will be the FCI Cynological Days, to be held in Brussels on 11-14 November. We would like to recommend the following events to member and partner countries: the symposium on 11 November and the FCI Centenary World Champion of Champions (CoC) competition on 12 November 2011 (open to qualified dogs), together with the Centenary Gala Evening (for delegates from national kennel clubs and invited guests). We recommend exhibitors not to miss the FCI Centenary World Champion of Champions event on 12 November. Entries for this event will be accepted and processed by the Union Royale Cynologique Saint-Hubert in the period 5-30 September 2011. Reminder: Qualified dogs are those having gained a CACIB at either the Brussels Show in December 2010 or at one of the Centenary shows (Dortmund, Paris or Leeuwarden) in 2011. Also entitled to take part are all "FCI international champions" (CIB and CIE). With the CoC event in Brussels a "once in a blue moon" event, we hope to see as many qualified dogs as possible taking part. The more dogs entered, the more interesting the competition will be. We are counting on your being there!

Yours sincerely,

Hans W. Müller
FCI President
Joint Communication Forum

The FEDERATION CYNOLOGIQUE INTERNATIONALE (FCI) is the supreme authority of the canine culture worldwide. The FCI is responsible for safeguarding canine health and international dog activities to enhance the relations between dogs and humans.

The FCI supports, via its members and contract partners, the well-being of all dogs Worldwide.

In accordance with this year’s FCI motto For Dogs Worldwide... let’s go further! the FCI has decided to launch a big Joint Communication Forum composed of PR/Communication-persons from the National Canine Organisations and the FCI. This forum’s duties will be to gather, popularise and spread information about the canine world likely to help the federation and its members to fulfil the above purposes stated in the FCI Mission statement.

Society today is developing in a direction we consider to be detrimental to dogs, one example being the ban on so-called dangerous breeds. Our exchanging information and best practices and some organised watch among the 86 members could lead us to seek joint solutions.

The launch of this Joint Communication Forum was organised in Paris, during the World Dog Show, on July 7th, 2011. Each National Canine Organisation was invited to send a delegate to represent their National Canine Organisation, either their Public Relations person or the Chief Editor of their kennel club’s magazine. The working language of the meeting was English.

It was a very positive session which gathered 13 FCI members and the FCI. It immediately appeared that this initiative might turn highly promising in terms of a better knowledge of each other and benefits from each other’s experiences, since many of our concerns and expectations are very similar.

The creation of this forum appears as a crucial step in the construction of a strong and coherent cooperation on the world canine scene. National Canine organisations (NCOs) willing to join can still appoint a delegate for the next meeting to take place in Leeuwarden, on August 31st; join the group!

NCOs please advise Marie Luna Durán ( ) of your participation in this group before August 19th, 2011 mentioning the name, function and contact details of the person who will represent your kennel club. The representative of your kennel club will then receive all the useful information.

Marie Luna Durán
FCI Marketing and Public Relations Manager