The French Kennel Club - SOCIÉTÉ CENTRALE CANINE (SCC) - was founded in 1881 as a non-profit organization by dog fanciers aiming to replenish native dog breeds and to bring in and establish foreign ones as well. The Société Centrale Canine became soon the reference canine organization, being recognized as a public interest organization by decree of the Council of State in April 1914. The SCC is proud to be one of the founders of the FCI in 1911, together with the Kennel Clubs from Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands.


    Follow this link for the French Kennel Club Blog at DogWellNet

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    The French stud book has been opened on the 11th of March 1885, with the entry of Marco, a French pointing griffon bred by Mr. Boulet from Normandy.


    The LOF is the sole official stud book approved by the French Ministry of Agriculture in 1957 to issue pedigrees. It enables the "traceability" of pedigree dog origins, continuously improved thanks to genetics.


    The French Kennel Club recognizes over 330 breeds.


    It deals with:

    • over 18,000 breeders
    • over 200,000 birth registrations per year
    • over 55,000 confirmations (breeding suitability tests) per year
    • over 1,300 judges and confirmation experts,242


    scc5gen.pngIn 2012 the work of the Breeding commission enabled the SCC to set up birth certificates and 3-generation pedigrees « enriched » with information about DNA (identification, parentage), selection rating,  health and performances (breed standard compliance and work).


    In 2016 the SCC expanded upon the initial work done to 5-generation pedigrees containing even more key genealogical information.


    Development of the enriched The 5-Generation Pedigree is a effort which highlights the SCC's and their affiliated breed club's commitment to support education of breeders and owners -- the 5-Generation Pedigree spotlighting value-added traits and qualities important to purebred dog's health and welfare.


    See DogWellNet's article, "The 5-Generation Pedigree".




    The SCC organizes yearly several training sessions for breeders at its headquarters and/or in the regions, in collaboration with the regional canine societies.


    Identification: the Fichier National Canin – FNC, since 1/01/2013: I-CAD
    At the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, the SCC founded in 1971 the National Dog Register, a data base for all dogs, purebred or not, identified by tattoo and/or microchip.


    The register is accessible to town halls, veterinarians, firemen, police forces and dog rescues.


    Key figures:

    • over 10 million dogs listed
    • over 700,000 dogs registered per year
    • over 300,000 « status changes » per year
    • about 70,000 dogs found and reunited with their owners yearly

    Since the 1st of January 2013, the SNVEL (the National Union of Veterinary Surgeons) and the SCC have founded a joint structure, called I-CAD, the sole body authorised by the Ministry of Agriculture to manage the National Register for the Identification of Domestic Carnivores.


    Download French Ministry for Agriculture, Food and Forestry health requirements for travelling to France with pets from EU countries and for travelling with pets to EU countries.


    Shows and working trials
    The first French Dog Show took place in 1863, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation, Bois de Boulogne, just outside of Paris. In spite of the patronage of H.I.H Prince Napoleon, who showed a pack of foxhounds, almost twenty years went by before the establishment of the French Kennel Club for the improvement of dog breeds native to France.


    Events organized last year by the SCC or under its aegis:

    • 34 CACIB shows with almost 70.000 entries
    • 94 CAC shows with more than 63.000 entries
    • over 300 regional and national breed club championship shows
    • 130 all breed confirmation sessions and presentations
    • over 30 cups and national working championships
    • over 1,700 working trials (rescue, defense, tracking, herding, hunting, sight hounds, etc.),178


    Education and information
    The SCC organizes several training sessions for:

    • breeders
    • judges (initial and ongoing training)
    • show secretaries and ring stewards
    • dog trainers, etc.


    For dog lovers and the general public:

    • an institutional website:
    • a website for the general public:
    • the quarterly review, “Cynophilie Française”, published in 35.000 copies
    • the Literary Award, rewards each year a scientific or literary work that contributes to the better knowledge of the bond man and dog:
    • An educational program for children, with the mascot, Loupy, and two interactive games allowing teachers and parents to explain to children how to live safely with dogs at home and outdoors, in order to prevent accidents.,510
    • A bi-monthly newsletter, dedicated to breeders, dog fanciers, affiliated organizations: (blog under construction until end of February)

    The Media Library

    • Thanks to significant heritage funding and regular donations, this media library aims to preserve and maintain records of French "canine culture". Books and reviews juxtaposed with photographs, paintings, sculptures and many other works of art representing the relationship between man and dogs.
    • in a spacious and comfortable place, dog lovers can do specialized genealogical research, aided by state-of-the-art information technology and to keep up with latest news from the world of dogs

    You can find:

    • more than 3,500 reference books, from the 18th century until today
    • stud books registers
    • exhibitions and championship shows Catalogues
    • 400 veterinary theses
    • 50 French and foreign magazines issues
    • 140 breed clubs’ magazines issues
    • a stock of antiquarian cynophile and cynegetic documents

    National Kennel Club/ non-profit


    The French Kennel Club is a non-profit federation, gathering together:

    • 55 regional canine organizations
    • 110 breed clubs
    • 1,222 utility clubs
    • over 550,000 affiliated members
    • 58 employees at its headquarters in Aubervilliers, near Paris

    Decisions are made democratically, by 15 central Commissions / Working Groups, under the supervision of the Committee (26 members) and of the Board (9 members).



    All affiliated clubs send delegates to the General Assembly, which meets once a year and elects the decision-making bodies every three years.

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  • About IPFD
    • The initial Board of the IPFD is comprised of individuals with respected international reputations, who represent a broad array of stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and who comprise a range of backgrounds and abilities that are needed by this new organization. They sit on the Board, not as representatives of their home organizations (Founding Partners), per se, but as individuals with commitment to the mission, vision and goals of the IPFD. Further, we have included an independent member of the Board who has no formal affiliation with the Founding Partners.


      Brief CVs for the Board, as comprised in August 2014, follow.




      Below we present a collection of links and excerpts from media coverage of IPFD's Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs initiative. We will be adding more content as media articles are published.


    • PRESS RELEASE – International Dog Health Workshop

      The 2nd International Dog Health Workshop took place over the weekend of 14/15 February, organised by the VDH in partnership with the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD), in Dortmund.

      Over 125 delegates from 18 countries attended the two day event formally known as the International Workshop on the Enhancement of Genetic Health in Pedigree Dogs.

      The event followed on from the 1st International Dog Health Workshop which took place in Stockholm in June 2012.



    • An article in the February 2017 edition of the UK's Veterinary Practice takes a look at ongoing national and international efforts to enhance the welfare of pedigreed dogs.  It also asks the question, "Are we making a difference?" and encourages veterinarians to examine their role, individually and collectively.

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      Animal Welfare Champion Receives Honor Alumna Award


      Dr. Patricia Olson (Ph.D., '81), named the CVMBS Distinguished Alumna for 2016, has been a teacher, a researcher, and a consultant. But regardless of her role, one thing is constant. She is a tireless champion for animal and human welfare.



    • We have provided below a number of tips to assist you in utilizing some of the key features of DogWellNet. Please note that the site is still in a Continued Development Phase and, therefore, the availability of some features and content may change as the site evolves.


      If you need more help finding your way around DogWellNet, go to our Help Desk, visit our Forums or refer to the Contacts listed at the bottom of every page.



    • The formal agreement was signed 22 Oct 2015 between Pekka Olson, Chair, IPFD and Christian Eymar-Dauphin, President of the French Kennel Club (SCC) confirming that the SCC will host the next IPFD International Dog Health Workshop in Paris in early 2017.  Dates and venue will be announced soon.


    • IPFD CEO Dr. Brenda Bonnett is presenting information on breed-specific statistics and strategies in cooperation with Agria Pet Insurance, Sweden. Keep reading for dates and other details.



    • On the 15th of February 2015, entered Phase 2 in development.


      We officially launched the website at the 2nd International Dog Health Workshop (IDHW) in Dortmund, Germany. The public has been given access to most of the preliminary content that is available on the site. But it is important to realize that Phase 2 is really about further developing the cooperation and collaborations that form the base of our mission, vision and goals. By bringing together the people most active in providing information, evaluation, strategies, advice and more to the dog community, especially the breeding community, we hope to maximize the impact of


      Phase 2 includes adding more Members to the DogWellNet Community to help us expand the content and functionality of the platform. We are engaging many from our IPFD Partners, Sponsors and Collaborators and many from the 2nd IDHW in order to facilitate the international collaborations identified there as key to the health, well-being and welfare of dogs.


      Guests are able to see public content. As of April 2016, Guests can sign up for a Member account to access some additional content and features on the website. Invited Members and Advanced Members (in general, those recommended by one of our Partners or Sponsors) will help us build content and further refine the website and will receive information on the registration procedure through their organization or from the team.


      Our News section will keep everyone updated on the exciting developments going on 'behind-the-scenes' as we support new and ongoing initiatives.




    • We're truly proud of what we accomplished in our first full year of operation, and we're excited to present a summary of our achievements in the IPFD Annual Report 2015.



      The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization, registered in Sweden,

      initiated by a group of independent stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and 

      officially launched in April 2014.


      We'd like to share holiday greetings and news from our colleagues at VetCompass.


    • Please visit our Partners and Sponsors pages to keep track of who is joining the IPFD and DogWellNet teams.


      The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) announces the “Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs” initiative:

      to support the appropriate selection and use of DNA testing in dog health and breeding decisions



      The ever-increasing emergence of new canine DNA tests and testing laboratories has made choosing quality DNA testing providers and the right DNA tests for health and breeding decisions increasingly challenging for many owners, Harmonizationlogo.thumb.jpg

      breeders and veterinarians.

      Working with a wide-spectrum of stakeholders in dog health, the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) "Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs" initiative will provide practical support to address these challenges.



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      Many thanks to the AKC-CHF and our other sponsors for supporting the collaborative Harmonization of Genetic Testing initiative!!!


      See the Dog News Annual Issue for the complete article.


















    • In a recent commentary in Dog World, online, Simon Parsons said:


      " IN TODAY’S world of dog breeding it is impossible for anyone, even the Brits, to exist in isolation. "


      " In the 21st century, should it really be the case that breeds are recognised by one governing body, but not another, that health tests results are not uniform, that some kennel clubs (like, to its credit, our own) publish everything about the dogs they register and some (like the American Kennel Club), publish nothing, not even the numbers it registers? "


      " So that is why I feel that the International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD), which is aiming to create a ‘DogWellNet’ website co-ordinating data of dog health, breeding and ownership, is one of the most important steps forward of recent times. "


      Read the whole article online:

    • logo_stream_bva_congress.pngFrom the BVA congress held in November 2016


      At the Session offered on Thursday, November 17, 2016: Two paws forward, one paw back: are we making any progress on pedigree dog health? presentations were offered by Dr. Brenda Bonnett DVM PhD, CEO, International Partnership for Dogs and Nick Blayney BVSc MRCVS, Veterinary Advisor, The Kennel Club.





      An article has been included in the December Issue of the Veterinary Record: Title: BVA congress: Improving the health of pedigree dogs: is enough being done?25.covervetrecorddec16.gif



      "Controversies at Crufts in recent years have indicated there is still more to do to improve the health of pedigree dogs. Is the Kennel Club doing enough and can the UK learn from international experiences to help take matters forward? These questions were discussed during a session on pedigree dog health at the BVA Congress last month.
      Georgina Mills reports"




    • Alan’s passion for Bullmastiffs, and purebred dogs in general, is shared by his wife, Chris Lezotte. They have been active breeders and exhibitors for 30 years, producing 165 champions including BIS , BISS, and five generations of Group winners under the HappyLegs, Registered prefix. Alan is the AKC Delegate from the American Bullmastiff Association and its current president.

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