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Dear friends,

Most of us are, hopefully, preparing for a summer break! Why not take some time to read about the dog world in dogdotcom and to count our blessings?

In a little more than one month, many will gather in Helsinki for what could be the biggest FCI World Dog Show ever: the registration are more than promising and, Finland being a doggy country, we can expect a high participation!

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Marie Luna Durán
FCI Marketing and Public Relations Manager
The SCC - A glimpse of history

The Société Centrale Canine was established in 1881 in Paris at the Cercle de la Chasse (The Hunt Circle), a section of the Jockey Club.

Dog sport existed in France before this date, but without being coordinated. The bulletin of the Imperial Acclimatisation Society indicates that the latter had organised from 3-10 May 1863 the first French dog show at the Jardin d’Acclimatation, Bois de Boulogne.

In spite of the high patronage acquired at this first show (particularly His Imperial Highness prince Napoleon, who showed a pack of Foxhounds), the dog world had to wait for almost ten years the establishment of the Société Centrale Canine pour l’amélioration des Races de Chiens en France (The Société Centrale Canine for the Improvement of Dog Breeds in France).

It was founded by dog enthusiasts, particularly huntsmen, who grew tired of buying their pedigree dogs abroad.

They considered founding in France a society similar to the Kennel Club that existed in England since 1874. Their goal was to encourage the reconstitution of the ancient French breeds and to introduce and acclimatise in France the best foreign breeds.

The beginnings of the Société Centrale Canine were modest, sometimes difficult.

By the amendment of its articles of association in 1932 and 1952, the SCC officially became a federation, grouping together under its aegis all the regional canine organisations and the breed clubs of France. The Société Centrale Canine was recognised as a public interest organisation with the Council of state decree of April 28th, 1914.

The SCC has rapidly become the reference institution of the dog sector in France.
The SCC is the benchmark of the French dog world today. It has brought together and led the necessary structures in order to accomplish its mission: to improve the dog breeds at the service of mankind. This role is assumed without commercial connotation: it is a public service mission.

Breeds’ improvement, no matter the species, means reproduction control. Genetics was not yet a topic for the huntsmen of the 19th century, but they knew which subjects to mate in order to preserve the line qualities.

© Fonds de la Médiathèque de la SCC
Most popular national breed : Poodle

France (Founding member)

Population : 65075310

Société Centrale Canine pour l’Amélioration des Races de Chiens en France
Tel + 33 1 49 37 54 00
Fax + 33 1 49 37 01 20
155, avenue Jean Jaurès

National breeds

  • Anglo-Français de petite vénerie > Medium-sized Anglo-French Hound
  • Ariégeois > Ariège-Hound
  • Artésien Normand > Artésien Normand
  • Barbet > French Water Dog
  • Basset artésien normand > Norman Artesien Basset
  • Basset bleu de Gascogne > Blue Gascony Basset
  • Basset D'artois > Basset D'artois
  • Basset fauve de Bretagne > Fawn Brittany Basset
  • Beagle-Harrier > Beagle Harrier
  • Berger de Beauce - Beauceron - Bas rouge
  • Berger de Brie > Briard
  • Berger de Picardie (Berger Picard) > Picardy Sheepdog
  • Billy
  • Bouledogue Francais > French Bulldog
  • Braque d'Auvergne > Auvergne Pointer
  • Braque de l'Ariège > Ariege Pointing Dog
  • Braque du Bourbonnais > Bourbonnais Pointing Dog
  • Braque Dupuy > Dupuy Pointing Dog
  • Braque francais - Type Gascogne > French Pointing Dog - Gascogne Type
  • Braque francais - type Pyrénées > French Pointing Dog - Pyrenean Type
  • Braque Saint-Germain > St.Germain Pointer
  • Briquet Griffon Vendéen > Medium Griffon Vendeen
  • Caniche > Poodle
  • Chambray
  • Chien d'Artois > Artois Hound
  • Chien de berger des Pyrénées à face rase > Pyrenean Sheepdog - Smooth Faced
  • Chien de berger des Pyrénées à poil long > Pyrenean Sheepdog Long-Haired
  • Chien de Montagne des Pyrénées > Pyrenean Mountain Dog
  • Dogue de Bordeaux > Dogue De Bordeaux
  • Epagneul bleu de Picardie > Blue Picardy Spaniel
  • Epagneul breton > Brittany Spaniel
  • Epagneul de Pont-Audemer > Pont - Audemer Spaniel
  • Epagneul francais > French Spaniel
  • Epagneul picard > Picardy Spaniel
  • Chien français blanc et noir > French White & Black Hound
  • Français blanc et orange > French White & Orange Hound
  • Français tricolore > French Tricolour Hound
  • Gascon Saintongeois
  • Grand anglo-français blanc et noir > Great Anglo-French White and Black Hound
  • Grand anglo-français blanc & orange > Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound
  • Grand anglo-français tricolore > Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound
  • Grand Basset griffon vendéen > Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Grand Bleu de Gascogne > Great Gascony Blue
  • Grand Griffon Vendéen > Grand Griffon Vendeen
  • Griffon Boulet > French Woolly-Haired Pointing Griffon
  • Griffon bleu de Gascogne > Blue Gascony Griffon
  • Griffon d'arrêt à poil dur Korthals > Wire-haired Pointing Griffon Korthals
  • Griffon fauve de Bretagne > Fawn Brittany Griffon
  • Griffon Nivernais
  • Levesque
  • Normand-Poitevin
  • Petit Basset Griffon vendéen
  • Petit Bleu de Gascogne > Small Gascony Blue
  • Petit chien lion > Little Lion Dog
  • Poitevin
  • Porcelaine


  • Bichon à poil frisé > Bichon Frise
  • Bouvier des Flandres
  • Epagneul nain continental > Continental Toy Spaniel