Dear friends,

A little bit more than 2 years ago in Milan, you chose me as the President of this great organisation for a second term. Privilege that I have made my life and priority.

The past two years have been hard for our organisation. Internal and external forces have tried to destroy what we have built together for more than a hundred years. The work we have done together in benefit of pure-bred dogs around the world. Everywhere in the WORLD, from Peru to Egypt. From Vietnam to The Netherlands. From Norway to China.

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Rafael de Santiago
FCI President
FCI Commission for Dog Dancing – Activity Report

The FCI Commission for Dog Dancing was founded in 2016 and had its first meeting in Brussels (6-7 May), organised by the FCI. The FCI Commission for Dog Dancing consists of 11 representatives, of whom 9 attended the meeting.

During 2016 the FCI Commission for Dog Dancing has continued working on its suggestion for the future international rules in both Heelwork to Music and Freestyle. The Commission’s next meeting was agreed on for January 2017 to help accomplish this agenda.

This commission also worked on establishing other important issues for the sport, like the regulations for an international judges list and the extent to which guidelines should also be set for the organisers of international championship competitions. The commission was unanimous on putting extra emphasis on the health and well-being of dogs in our sports, and that this should also be visible in the future rules.

The FCI Commission for Dog Dancing has also already helped in settling some international disputes. All in all, the role of the FCI Commission for Dog Dancing has, in 2016, through its work become increasingly visible to the public in our sport, and there has been a fair amount of interest in this commission’s work throughout the year.

Johanna Saariluoma
President of the FCI Commission for Dog Dancing