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Union Cynologie International e.V. (UCI)

The Union Cynologie International e.V. is an organization based in Germany.

Non-Profit of For Profit?Unknown
FCI Member club? No
Issues Pedigrees?Unknown
Issues Pedigrees for Imported Dogs?Unknown

This organization is gaining more members in various countries. While they are internationally recognized and they have clubs in various countries that aurthorize shows with international judges, they are not an FCI Member Club nor are they in association with the FCI. The FCI is the only world accepted club registration for all dog breeds across the world.

In the USA, the club that is associated with the UCI is Kennel Club USA. Kennel Club USA is a for-profit privately owned club that is also associated with ARBA (the American Rare Breed Association).

While showing and titling in UCI can be fun, remember the only FCI recognized titles and pedigrees in the USA are offered and gained from the AKC (American Kennel Club).

If you have other information about the UCI please post a comment so we can gather all the information possible.

Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)

The FCI is the only world recognized registry of pure bred dogs. There are over 80 member countries. The FCI does not register individual dogs. Instead the FCI registers one club in each country that meets the requirements of the FCI. Please see the FCI website for a list of regulations a club and country must meet to become FCI recognized.

Non-Profit of For Profit?N/A
Issues Pedigrees?No
Issues Pedigrees dogs imported into the USA?No

The USA does not have an FCI member club. The USA is not an FCI member country. The AKC has a Letter of Understanding (aka Reciprocity Agreement) with the FCI that allows for dogs with AKC pedigrees to be sold overseas to FCI member clubs, and the AKC pedigrees are recognized by those FCI member clubs for conformation showing and breeding. This makes sure that AKC born and bred dogs do not have a gene pool that is isolated from the rest of the world. The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and the Kennel Club (UK) also have reciprocity agreements with the FCI.

The FCI recognizes the FCPR as an acceptable FCI Member Club registry for all North American born and bred dogs. Although the USA is not technically a part of Puerto Rico, the FCPR is the accepted and recognized FCI Member Club for all of North America, including the USA. Therefore dogs born in the USA, and registered with the FCPR, can be sold and shown in international countries which are FCI Member Countries with FCI Member Clubs. This ensures a good wide gene pool for FCI recognized breeds.

The AKC Foundation Stock Service is also a program which works under the FCI umbrella. While most countries will accept AKC-FSS pedigrees, some countries may not. There is not a final list of countries that will or will not accept AKC-FSS pedigrees.

Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico (FCPR)

The Federación Canófila de Puerto Rico (FCPR) is located in Puerto Rico, which is a commonwealth of the USA. The FCPR allows USA born dogs to register with them in order to maintain a registration with an FCI Member Club. The FCPR also issues pedigrees and litter registrations.

A dog born in the USA can obtain a FCPR pedigree. Since this pedigree is with the FCPR, which is an FCI member club, this pedigree allows the dog to be shown in conformation shows, and be bred, in any other of the 80+ FCI Member Countries. This allows for a wide gene pool and gives USA born dogs the opportunity to breed with other dogs of the same breed world wide.

Non-Profit of For Profit?Non-Profit
FCI Member club? Yes
Issues Pedigrees?Yes
Issues Pedigrees dogs imported into the USA?Not if they already possess a pedigree.

If you own a rare breed dog that is not an AKC (or AKC Foundation Stock Service) breed, you can register them with the FCPR in order to ensure their international status. The FCI website states that the dog’s registration must be in the country the dog resides. However, the FCI and the FCPR have an agreement so that dogs living and born in the USA can receive FCPR registrations. FCPR covers all of North America (so, it is my belief, it covers Canada too).

There is no conflict with the FCPR when it comes to showing in conformation events in ARBA and UKC in the USA. This has been verified by email communication with FCPR, the source can be provided if requested.