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If all breeders, exhibitors, handlers, dog judges – and, by and large, everyone closely or remotely involved in the FCI’s dog shows and championships – know the exact denomination of our large federation, and even have knowledge of the city and country that are home to its global headquarters, not so long ago, not many inhabitants of Thuin and its neighbouring localities knew about the FCI and its corporate name. But things have changed a lot! The most significant burst in our local promotion scheme took place with the celebration of our Centenary in 2011, when our city was elevated to the status of Thuin, World Capital of Dogs. The latest large-scale campaign was conducted on the occasion of the inauguration of the new extension to our offices in 2015.

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Marie Luna Durán
FCI Marketing & Public Relations Manager
FCI Worlwide (1922-2011)
by Y. De Clercq, FCI Executive Director, 1998-...
Part 6/7

In 1975, Morocco has the privilege to host the FCI General Assembly. The president is Mr M. Messaouden. In five years, since 1970, the number of CACIB shows has arisen from 121 to 167 (total entry: 138,252 dogs), showing a regular increase. A remarkable total of 342 CACIT trials were organised. It is observed that, unfortunately, out of (only) 14 CIT confirmed, none has been for utility dogs (there are not enough utility tests); all were awarded to hunting breeds. The FCI activity is getting more and more intense with 16,946 CACIB and 1,051 CIB certified.
Since a fee is now required for the registration of kennel names (200 BEF or 5 €) -still carried out by the UCRSH- there is a decrease of 50% as compared with 1973.

In Herning (Denmark), in 1977, following intensive debates, the General Assembly adopts new statutes, deeply revised, by 22 votes in favour and 3 against.
The essential amendment indicates that the FCI will have two presidents: one will have the honourary title of « President of the FCI »; his main role is to act as chairman of the Assembly. The other will hold the title of « President of the FCI General Committee » and he will run the meetings of the General Committee, therefore being responsible for the work of the FCI and its business orientations. As has been the case for several decades, the next General Assembly keeps being hosted by the country of the president of the FCI. The very first president of the FCI General Committee is Mr C. Schoor. The next conference will take place in Mexico as Mrs Th. von Taden is elected President of the FCI.

In Mexico, the FCI has a new secretary general: Mr J. Catzenstein. In addition, for the first time and following the amendments adopted in 1977, the FCI General Committee includes representatives of the geographical sections. This structure, still in place today, is essential as it enables the different parts of the world to express and defend their points of view.

One year later, in Bern, Mr Schoor informs the Assembly of the creation of an FCI Executive Committee made up of the President, Vice-President and Treasurer.

In 1980, the FCI keeps expanding and now counts 36 federated members and 10 associated members.
The FCI scientific commission suggests not to mention any more dewclaws as being breed-specific features.

Considering the expansion of the FCI and the economic and financial consequences that this brings, it is decided to cooperate with an “external” accountant. The new President of the FCI General Committee, elected by the latter, is Mr H. Lestienne.

In 1981, the FCI affiliates to the FAO, UNO organism standing for « Food and Agriculture Organisation ». The Société Royale Saint-Hubert, that celebrates its Centenary in 1982, is elected to host the first European Section Show, called then “European Championship” in Brussels. The FCI decides to give the possibility to the other “geographic” sections to also have their own regional championship. The newly elected FCI President is Mr T. Kariyabu.

For unknown reasons, there seems to be no General Assembly in 1982 as the minutes of the 1983 Conference start with the approval of the minutes of the 1981 meeting, without any reference done to the 1982's edition.

The FCI General Assembly of 1983 in Madrid sees a new Secretary General, Mr E. Defraiteur, following Mr Catzentsein's dismissal. As research in the scientific field are going forward, the artificial insemination is referred to for the first time.
Over the last decades, there has been a real concern for the welfare of the breeds within the FCI and Dr Raeber quotes J.J Rousseau, a great French philosopher: “a mixed breed is the result of Nature and the canine breeds are artificial creatures; they should not be created based on faults likely to harm the dogs”.

Mr E. Defraiteyr (BE), FCI Secretary General (1983-1992)

After the General Assembly, Mr B. Lagerblad is elected President of the FCI General Committee. He unfortunately has to retire, due to health reasons, in 1984 and Mr Hiedl becomes the FCI President.

Mr W. Hiedl (AT), President of the FCI General Committee (1984)

The 1985 General Assembly, held in Amsterdam, is worth a word as following Mr Hiedl's retirement and Mr Lagerblad's death, Mr H. Müller, who had been a member of the General Committee for a couple of years, is the new President of the FCI General Committee. Twenty-six years later, H. Müller still is President and he has played a major role in the fast development and growth of the FCI over the last 25 years. From 1985, the General Assemblies will take place every two years and no longer on an annual basis. However, the world dog show remains an annual event.

Mr H. Müller (CH), FCI president (1984-2013)

Two years later, in Jerusalem, it is reported that the FCI headquarters have been equipped with computers. In addition, thanks to the heavy work done by Pr R. Triquet (FR), a new breed nomenclature, still used today by most canine institutions and considered to be THE Nomenclature “par excellence” is approved. In addition, the model of breed standard is amended.

1989, FCI General Assembly in Jerusalem, approval of the new breed nomenclature

In 1989, the FCI includes 65 members.

In 1991, in Dortmund, Australia and Taiwan are granted the status of federated members whilst Gibraltar and El Salvador are accepted as associated members. The number of CACIB shows reaches 264 (average entry: 1,241 dogs) and the FCI staff has confirmed not less than 36,759 CACIB's. No doubt, the FCI keeps growing.

The first self-produced FCI Magazine is presented to the Assembly. Its goal is simple “to reinforce the link of membership between our organisations and the Federation and to promote communication and the exchange of information”.