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  • The International Partnership for Dogs

    The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization leading a global, multi-stakeholder effort to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare.

  • ~ The Italian Kennel Club ~

      The Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana (ENCI) is an association recognized in 1940, which finds its origins in the Italian Kennel Club founded in 1882. ENCI is an association of breeders aimed to protect dog breeds by improving and increasing breeding, as well as regulating and promoting their use and their valorisation for zootechnical, social and sporting purposes. ENCI offers assistance to breeders and breed clubs for managing selection plans by collaborating with the main Italian Universities.

      ENCI manages the herd book by registering, in recent years, about 200,000 puppies a year; it provides for the training of judges and experts whom evaluate the morphological and functional characteristics of subjects registered in the Stud Book. The dog units formed by ENCI work for the assistance to people with disabilities, assisted interventions with animals with a therapeutic, rehabilitative, educational and ludic-recreational value; they are also used for monitoring, conservation and management projects in the wildlife-environmental sector.


      Brief Bio: Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana (ENCI) (the Italian Kennel Club in English), is Italy's primary kennel club, overseeing dog pedigree registration. ENCI also provides the country's show judges and other dog show-related services.

      About Us:

      A Brief History of ENCI
      The National Board of Italian Cynophiles (ENCI) was recognised by the State and founded in 1882, making it possible for our country to be at the forefront of European and world Cynophilia for more than a century.

      In 1882, some gentlemen, among whom was the Count Carlo Borromeo, Prince Emilio Belgioioso d'Este, Ferdinando Delor, Carlo Biffi and Luigi Radice, decided to found a "Society" to improve dog breeds in Italy. Thus, the Italian Kennel Club was constituted, with 31 members.

      The Book of Origins was established, and the first subject to be registered was an Italian bloodhound by the name of Falco, born in 1875.

      In 1897, the Meeting of the Members ratified the memorandum of association and updated the regulations for registration in the "Book". By 1904, the Book included a total of 1,003 registered subjects.

      During those years, the first canine exhibitions were held in Milan and Turin, where approximately 400 dogs were presented. The Kennel Club also established its official magazine.

      At the Meeting of May 22, 1926, it was decided to request official recognition as a legal entity from the Ministry of the Economy. In 1940, ENCI obtained recognition from the Ministry of Agriculture. After the war, the first regulations regarding zootechnic shows and aptitude tests were approved.

      Nowadays there are around 200,000 registrations in the National Herd Books, over 2,000 zootechnical events, around 1,200 working trials and over 400 shows with the annual participation of over 100,000 dogs. ENCI's breeder members are almost 2,000 and its aggregate members are around 70,000. The over 100 ENCI delegations widely cover the entire national territory. The dog groups and breed associations actively collaborate in the promotion and development of organized dog breeding both locally and sectorally.

      In recent years, the organization has successfully carried out both the practical zootechnical and the educational direction with the organization of dog breeding courses, seminars, conferences oriented towards the study of technical-scientific problems, also successfully participating in exhibitions and European and global work trials, gaining prestige and highlighting the high level achieved by Italian breeding products.

      The selective activity continues with the creation of "dog zones" in various parts of the country for the training and training of dogs used in hunting sports, training centers (numerous throughout the country) for utility dogs and for the Civil Protection. The scientific selection of the natural aptitudes of herd dogs, indispensable auxiliaries in the work of sheep and goat breeders, is now taking shape; the selection of dogs for recreational-sporting uses such as agility; the improvement of dogs with aptitude for rescue and rescue both on land and in water; the expansion of the use of auxiliary dogs for disabled people and collaboration with the police forces for the selection of anti-drug and auxiliary dogs for public order.

      ENCI pays particular attention to the enhancement and promotion of Italian breeds. These are 16 native breeds of ancient origin, each fascinating and particularly interesting both for their typical morphology and for their natural aptitudes and temperament. The selection and their improvement take on a prominent character in the technical activity of the organization which wants to promote their knowledge and diffusion both in Italy and abroad.

      National Kennel Club/ non-profit

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    International Dog Health Workshops



    The IPFD's signature events, the IDHWs bring together decision makers from professional, regulatory, national and regional, welfare and other organisations that are stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and human-dog interactions under the tagline 'From Information and Collaboration to Action'. The 5th IDHW takes place 13-15 June 2024, in Helsinki, Finland and will be co-hosted by the Finnish Kennel Club.




    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Database


    The HGTD Database catalogs information provided voluntarily from genetic test providers (GTPs) including information on their company and services, quality measures and expertise, tests offered and more. We are continually engaging more GTP participants. IPFD has collated and assembled existing and new resources for genetic counselling and education and provided the foundation for further developments.




    Health Strategies Database for Dogs


    The HSDD Database includes breed-specific health/mentality testing requirements and recommendations established by Health Strategy Providers (HSPs) including kennel clubs, breed clubs, veterinary organizations, and others.



    Pedigree Breeds Database



    As of March 2024, our Pedigree Breeds Database lists 184 breeds. Information includes breed standards, population data, club newsletters, breed databases, videos and much more. Sections on Native Breeds and Additional Resources including Agria Breed Profiles; Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile (GRIHP) articles, which describe the Big Picture of health on (all) conditions that are of interest within a breed; and associated IPFD WSAVA Meet the Breed articles are available. Many thanks to breed experts and clubs who share information on their breed with the Community.







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