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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
The world of cynology has lost one of its charismatic Portuguese judges.
© Jose Rodrigues

Manuel LOUREIRO BORGES, FCI all-breed Judge, passed away on October 18 at 57 years of age.

Manuel was involved with dogs since early childhood and together with his father and brother he bred Cão da Serra de Aires, under kennel name DO MAGOITO, helping this breed to survive and be established in its homeland. His passion was the Portuguese breeds as well as breeds of the Pastoral/Herding Group, Welsh Corgis Pembroke in particular.

He was past President of the Clube do Cão da Serra de Aires, the Clube Portugues dos Caes de Pastor Britanico, member of the CPC Judges Committee and Vice-President of the Clube Portugues de Canicultura. He was active in several areas of the canine world, namely as organiser of dog shows and promoting Forums for breeders and exhibitors.

An FCI all-breed Judge of international fame, he judged very often abroad, in all continents and in the majority of the FCI countries. He was passionate about this sport and truly enjoyed judging dogs. He felt at home in the rings and was a considerate to exhibitors and very well liked and respected worldwide.

The FCI General Committee wishes to express its deepest sorrow to Manuel's family and all the CPC team.

Thuin, 24 October 2016

Y. De Clercq
FCI Executive Director

Cobby, FCI’s mascot, turns 5 !

Happy birthday Cobby !

Let’s celebrate with a contest on FCI’s new Facebook page dedicated to fun events : FCIPlay !


Do you have a Cobby cuddly toy ? Take a picture of you with your Cobby (or take a picture of your Cobby) in front of a typical setting of your country (in front of the Atomium for Belgians, of la Sagrada Familia for Spaniards, of Eiffel Tower for the French,…) and send it to FCI’s Facebook FCIPlay (FCIPlay). (N.B. Your participation automatically involves your agreement on republications of the picture(s) sent).

Deadline for participation in the contest : October 31st, 2016 – 23:59 Belgian time. The winner, on the basis of the compiled votes from both the FCIPlay page followers and FCI staff members, will have her/his photo published on FCI’s official Facebook page, in FCI’s newsletter and in FCI’s Annual Report 2016. In addition, the winning photo will be FCI’s season’s greetings card for Christmas and the New Year !

After October 31st, 2016 you can still send your pictures to FCIPlay, just for fun !

ood luck everybody !

Official Carrier Programmes
The FCI General Secretariat is extremely glad to inform that, further to negotiations with Brussels Airlines - the Belgian airline company - the FCI has just signed a partnership with Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa Group: from June 1st 2016, all tickets booked on Brussels Airlines and on Lufthansa Group IN CONJUNCTION WITH AN FCI EVENT (dog show, trial,…) through FCI’s website will get a discount (up to 10%, please refer to the conditions to learn how you can get your discount on flight tickets).
All details (and especially the conditions) are available on the Official Carrier Programmes Section of FCI website’s homepage:

European Cup Spaniels 2016

World Dog Show - Leipzig 2017

La Ligne du Chien de Race

Visit the FCI stand at a selection of dog shows in 2016 !

12-13 November in Riga (LT)

26-27 November in Malaga (ES)

As usual you will have the opportunity to take our quiz and try to win Cobby, the FCI mascot !

We look forward to meeting you!