Dear readers,

During my recent visit to the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), I was able to see with genuine pleasure how the Mayor of the city of Thuin, Mr Paul Furlan, kept the promise he had made to mark the opening of our new offices, to label the city as “Thuin, the World's Capital of Dogs”.

As a result of this initiative, the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), with the aid of Thuin Tourist Office, organised a successful walk through historic medieval part of the city.

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Rafael de Santiago
President of the FCI
The Titles Department : the successful conclusion of the CACIB homologation process

It all starts with the reception of title requests

Our interlocutors are the 91 FCI member-countries who, daily, send us titles requests (CIB-CIE-CIT- CIT(ec)–CIT(ft)-CIC-CIAG-CIOB-CIBT-CIBP-CITR), either by post or by email. These requests are dealt with according to reception order at FCI’s General Secretariat.

Some owners from Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Switzerland can send their requests straight to the FCI (only CIB – without trial - and CIE), without the intermediary step of their national canine organisation (further to an agreement between the national canine organisation and the FCI General Secretariat). We then acknowledge receipt of the request, indicating that the title will only be confirmed once the complete and correct results of the dog shows listed on the title request have been received by the FCI General Secretariat.

Processing the requests

Each title request is accompanied by the dog’s pedigree. We check it: : does the pedigree mention all the regulatory pieces of information (dog’s name, birthdate, studbook number, owner’s name,…) If, in addition, the pedigree comprises three generations duly registered with the studbook – or in an appendix to the studbook -, the dog is considered pure-bred.

We can then proceed with checking the conditions to award the CIB - CIE titles (, according to the corresponding championships regulations, i.e. :

  • the dog fulfils the conditions, the title is homologated ;
  • the results of the last CACIB dog show listed on the request have not yet been received at the FCI General Secretariat ; the request is on hold until the CACIB Department gives its green light to use the results. As soon as these results have been received and checked, the missing CACIB(s) is(are) added and the title is homologated ;
  • some CACIBs listed on the request cannot be found in our database. For example, the dog’s name cannot be found on the list of results received from the event’s organiser. We then contact either the owner, or the national canine organisation of the owner’s country of residence and ask for the CACIB proposal. As soon as the latter has been received and checked, the missing CACIB is processed in our database and the title is homologated ;
  • if the dog has been awarded the RCACIB, but that this RCACIB has not yet been transformed, thus not to be found in our database, we contact either the owner, or the canine organisation of the owner’s country of residence. Either the one or the other send the form entitled Request to turn a reserve CACIB (RCACIB) into a CACIB to As soon as the CACIB Department has transformed the RCACIB, the title is homologated.
  • If the dog does not fulfil one of the conditions, the owner or the canine organisation of the owner’s country of residence is informed.

What about the exceptions regarding the CIB and CIE titles?

There are exceptions for some breeds and/or member-countries, and/or working trials, justified by different awarding conditions. The Titles Department deals the matter directly with the correspondent canine organisation. It is up to the canine organisation requesting the CIB title for breeds submitted to working trials to check the trials results.

And what about the other titles CIT- CIT(ec)–CIT(ft)-CIC-CIAG-CIOB-CIBT-CIBP-CITR ?

If the awarding conditions are duly fulfilled, according to championships regulations, the title is homologated, if the FCI General Secretariat is in possession of the official, correct results of the CACIL/CACIT/CACIAG/CACIOB/CACITR trials.

Finally, the homologation is effective!

The diplomas and the letters confirming the homologation are sent, either for the attention of the owner, or for the attention of the national canine organisation, depending on who sent the request.

Alexandra Decoster
FCI Titles Department