The first French Dog Show took place in 1863, at the Jardin d'Acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne, just outside Paris. Despite the patronage of H.I.H Prince Napoleon, who was showing a pack of Foxhounds, another twenty years went by before the birth of the French Kennel Club for the improvement of dog breeds native to France. The French Kennel Club was founded in 1881, spurred on by amateurs, tired of having to buy their pedigree dogs abroad. At the time, they had imagined founding an association in France, based on the English model, itself founded in 1874. Their aim was to encourage the reconstitution of breeds native to France as well as to introduce and establish the best foreign breeds in France.
In spite of its modest beginnings, the French Kennel Club soon established itself as the reference organization, receiving official approval by decree in April 1914 from the Council of State.
Armed with its constant commitment to dog lovers and on the request of the Ministry of Agriculture, in 1971 the French Kennel Club created the National Dog Register, listing dogs that are identifiable by tattoo or microchip. This huge step in the area of dog traceability earned the French Kennel Club its present status as the reference organization of the dog world. The French Kennel Club is one of the rare official organizations in the world today to list every breed of an animal species. A true canine family tree, the Livre des Origines Français (LOF) is the only official document approved by the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries which issues an official pedigree. This enables "traceability" of pedigree dog origins, a traceability that is continuously improved thanks to genetic techniques.
Today, the French Kennel Club is considered as the key organization for all dogs, pedigree or not. It has an educational role and is a source of both information and research for true citizenship for dogs and their masters, in respect of life, tranquillity and security for all.
In the case of loss or theft, identification is the only way of tracing the owner of a cat or dog. The National Dog Register is used for this purpose. The National Dog Register is a register for all dogs, pedigree or not. This register is accessible to town halls, veterinarians, firemen, police forces and animal protection associations.
Thanks to the FNC, 100,000 dogs are found and returned to their owners every year. This is why it is important to carry out the identification procedure with your veterinarian, by placing a tattoo in the ear or inner thigh of your animal, or by installing a micro chip under the skin (the size of a grain of rice, readable by a specific machine).
10 millions dogs listed
700,000 dogs registered per year
500,000 dog "status changes" (death, donation, sale, change of address) per year