Plan for the future of the FCI

With a little over a century of history behind it, the FCI has a very promising future. I believe in this future, I believe in the FCI and I feel sure that in our hearts we know that, for the FCI, the best is still to come.

I have a vision of what the FCI should represent in the future, for every member country, for every breeder, for every competitor and for every dog owner. I see the FCI as a frontline organisation, which sets the tone for discussion in the international dog community, with a spirit of openness, in an atmosphere of intellectual dialogue and as a global brand which looks to the best interests of dogs and their owners worldwide.

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Rafael de Santiago
President of the FCI
Dog Day organised by the German canine organisation (VDH)

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Cornelia Poletto
Every year, the German canine organisation - the Verband für das Deutsche Hundewesen (VDH) - and its affiliated clubs pay tribute to the role of dogs in society, honouring them with a "Dog Day".

The patron of this year's Dog Day, held for the first time by the VDH in 2010, was the star chef Cornelia Poletto. Celebrities with an extremely positive attitude to life with a dog and to dogs in general are honoured with the title of "dog ambassador".

Taking place on 9 June, this year's "Dog Day" offered dog lovers a series of entertaining and educational events. Throughout Germany over 350 events were held, allowing dog-lovers to actively show their support of dogs, whether at dog training grounds, veterinary surgeries or out on walks.

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