For more than 100 years now the VDH has been exerting a positive influence on life with a dog in Germany. The VDH has established itself as the greatest lobby group, as an institution rich in tradition and as a seal of quality, and is much sought after as an absolute authority on all matters relating to dogs. For professionals from the media, courts of justice, government ministries, local authorities and also for those simply interested in dogs – the VDH is the first point of contact for everyone.
An overview of the VDH (in German) can be found here.
The Kennel Club is the biggest investor in canine health and welfare in the country. It registers approximately 250,000 pedigree dogs each year and thousands more on its companion dog and activity registers, and it and runs Petlog, the UK's largest lost and found database for microchipped pets. The Club invests the money that it makes back into dogs through the Kennel Club Charitable Trust and the Kennel Club Educational Trust. Its charitable initiatives include supporting rehoming centres and investing in research and the development of DNA tests to help prevent canine diseases. The Kennel Club has its own Genetics Centre at the Animal Health Trust where this work is carried out.
Suomen Kennelliitto (Finnish Kennel Club, in English) - Established in 1889, the Finnish Kennel Club is a nationwide expert organisation on canine matters. Its aim is to promote the breeding of pedigree dogs, support diverse dog-related activities and improve dog-keeping standards in Finland. FKC disseminates expert information and serves as a comprehensive lobbying organisation for Finnish and international dog activities.
The SKK - Svenska Kennelklubben (Swedish Kennel Club, in English), is Sweden's largest organisation dedicated to dogs and dog owners. We represent the interests of our 300,000 members – first time dog owners, experienced breeders, hunters, dog lovers, puppy buyers, exhibitors, agility competitors and many more.
Agria partners with IPFD through the Agria SKK Research Fund (the Formal Patron of IPFD). Note: The site is displayed in Swedish by default, but your browser (Google Chrome or Internet Explorer) should be able to translate the text to English by right-clicking on the page and selecting the translation option from the menu. Firefox users can find a handy translation add-on available here.
The French Kennel Club - SOCIÉTÉ CENTRALE CANINE (SCC) - was founded in 1881 as a non-profit organization by dog fanciers aiming to replenish native dog breeds and to bring in and establish foreign ones as well. The Société Centrale Canine became soon the reference canine organization, being recognized as a public interest organization by decree of the Council of State in April 1914.
The CKC is incorporated under Animal Pedigree Act, a federal statute under the auspices of the Ministry of Agriculture. The organization includes approximately 20,000 individual members and over 700 breed clubs across Canada. The Club registers purebred dogs, regulates dog shows and performance events, and speaks out on major issues concerning dog ownership and the health & welfare of dogs across Canada.
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