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  • The International Partnership for Dogs

    The International Partnership for Dogs (IPFD) is a non-profit organization leading a global, multi-stakeholder effort to enhance dog health, well-being, and welfare.

  • ~ The Italian Kennel Club ~

      The Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana (ENCI) is an association recognized in 1940, which finds its origins in the Italian Kennel Club founded in 1882. ENCI is an association of breeders aimed to protect dog breeds by improving and increasing breeding, as well as regulating and promoting their use and their valorisation for zootechnical, social and sporting purposes. ENCI offers assistance to breeders and breed clubs for managing selection plans by collaborating with the main Italian Universities.

      ENCI manages the herd book by registering, in recent years, about 200,000 puppies a year; it provides for the training of judges and experts whom evaluate the morphological and functional characteristics of subjects registered in the Stud Book. The dog units formed by ENCI work for the assistance to people with disabilities, assisted interventions with animals with a therapeutic, rehabilitative, educational and ludic-recreational value; they are also used for monitoring, conservation and management projects in the wildlife-environmental sector.


      Brief Bio: Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana (ENCI) (the Italian Kennel Club in English), is Italy's primary kennel club, overseeing dog pedigree registration. ENCI also provides the country's show judges and other dog show-related services.

      About Us:

      A Brief History of ENCI
      The National Board of Italian Cynophiles (ENCI) was recognised by the State and founded in 1882, making it possible for our country to be at the forefront of European and world Cynophilia for more than a century.

      In 1882, some gentlemen, among whom was the Count Carlo Borromeo, Prince Emilio Belgioioso d'Este, Ferdinando Delor, Carlo Biffi and Luigi Radice, decided to found a "Society" to improve dog breeds in Italy. Thus, the Italian Kennel Club was constituted, with 31 members.

      The Book of Origins was established, and the first subject to be registered was an Italian bloodhound by the name of Falco, born in 1875.

      In 1897, the Meeting of the Members ratified the memorandum of association and updated the regulations for registration in the "Book". By 1904, the Book included a total of 1,003 registered subjects.

      During those years, the first canine exhibitions were held in Milan and Turin, where approximately 400 dogs were presented. The Kennel Club also established its official magazine.

      At the Meeting of May 22, 1926, it was decided to request official recognition as a legal entity from the Ministry of the Economy. In 1929, the government began to hold organised Cynophilia in high regard and allocated a contribution of 5,000 lire. In 1930, all the dog-lovers' associations (whether generic or specialised in the protection of a single breed) which had been established in the country, obtained recognition as "Collective Members".

      Cynophilia grew, and, in 1939, the legal office was set up in Viale Bianca Maria, 23 in Milan. In 1940, it also obtained recognition from the Ministry of Agriculture. After the war, the first regulations regarding zootechnic shows and aptitude tests were approved.

      In the meantime, the registration in the Breed Book reached a total of 8,636, and, in 1950, a great international sporting event for English Pointers was established. The results of the first census-taking of dogs in Italy, done in 13 regions, confirmed the large number of this species: 1,063,267 animals.

      In those years, Cynophilia and Cynotechnics were on a technical and scientific roll. University courses on Cynology were organised at universities; those same tests are used for reference today.

      In 1960, there were 43 zootechnic expositions and 66 working tests. The number of registrations in the Breed Book reached 14,803.

      In 1970, the member nations of Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) established that the genealogical certificates issued by the various nations should bear a common mark.

      ENCI is particularly interested in paying attention to the promotion of the Italian breeds. There are 14 autochthonous breeds of ancient origin, each charming and interesting for its typical morphology and for its natural aptitude and temper.

      Their selection and improvement are central to the technical activities of ENCI, both to increase knowledge of the breeds and their distribution throughout Italy and abroad.

      National Kennel Club/ non-profit



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    International Dog Health Workshops



    The IPFD's signature events, the IDHWs bring together decision makers from professional, regulatory, national and regional, welfare and other organisations that are stakeholders in dog health, well-being and welfare and human-dog interactions under the tagline 'From Information and Collaboration to Action'.





    Harmonization of Genetic Testing for Dogs Database



    The HGTD Database catalogs information provided voluntarily from genetic test providers (GTPs) including information on their company and services, quality measures and expertise, tests offered and more. We are continually engaging more GTP participants. IPFD has collated and assembled existing and new resources for genetic counselling and education; and provided the foundation for further developments.





    Breeds Database



    As of March 2023, our Pedigree Dogs Database lists 183 breeds: information includes breed standards, population data, club newsletters, breed databases, videos and much, much more. Sections on Native Breeds and Additional Resources including Agria Breed Profiles, Globally Relevant Integrated Health Profile (GRIHP) articles which describe the Big Picture of health on (all) conditions that are of interest within a breed GRIHP and associated IPFD WSAVA Meet the Breed articles are available. Many thanks to breed experts and clubs for sharing information on their breed with the Community.



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