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FCI International Champion title eligibility
- a Kennel Club press release

It has been agreed with the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI), that owners of UK resident dogs who wish to claim an FCI International Beauty Champion title will need to do so via the Kennel Club.

To be eligible to apply for the International Beauty Champion title dogs must, amongst other criteria, already hold a UK Champion or Show Champion title. This means that non-CC breeds are not eligible for the FCI title at present.

Those owners who believe that their dogs qualify for the FCI International Champion title should submit copies of the relevant official CACIB certificates issued by the FCI to the Information and Health Department, The Kennel Club, 1 – 5 Clarges St, Piccadilly, London W1J 8AB. Owners should also supply the Kennel Club registration details of the dog together with the name and address of the registered owner. The Kennel Club will collate the information and submit it to the FCI, for confirmation that the title may be awarded. Any certificates will be issued by the FCI and sent back to the Kennel Club. The title will be added to the dog’s records and the FCI certificate will then be forwarded to the owner. We understand that this process may take several months.

In order to complete the requirements for an FCI International Champion title, some breeds are required to undertake a working test. These breeds are as follows:

Gundog Group: Brittany; English Setter; German Shorthaired Pointer; German Wire Haired Pointer; Gordon Setter; Hungarian Vizsla; Irish Setter; Irish Red and White Setter; Italian Spinone; Large Munsterlander; Retriever – Curly Coated, Flat Coated, Golden, Labrador; Spaniel – Clumber, Cocker, English Springer, Field, Irish Water, Sussex, Welsh; Weimaraner

Hound Group: Basset Hound; Basset Griffon Vendeen (Petit); Beagle; Bloodhound; Dachshund – Long -Haired, Miniature Long- Haired, Smooth- Haired, Miniature Smooth- Haired, Wire -Haired, Miniature Wire-Haired;

Working Group: Bouvier des Flandres; Boxer; Dobermann; Rottweiler; Giant Schnauzer

Pastoral Group: Belgian Shepherd Dog – Groenendael, Tervueren; Border Collie; Briard; German Shepherd Dog (Alsatian)

Terrier Group: Parson Russell Terrier

NB – this list does not include non-CC breeds or those breeds that are not recognised by the Kennel Club.

The Kennel Club understands that not all breeds will be eligible to claim an FCI International Champion title due to the necessity of undertaking a working test. Tests currently carried out in the UK are not yet recognised by the FCI, and not all breeds have a working test which can be undertaken in the United Kingdom.

The Kennel Club is working actively with the FCI towards reaching a practical solution where possible with regard to the working tests and the eligibility of the non-CC breeds.