Open letter from the President of the FCI related to the status of the brachycephalics breeds in the Netherlands
List of the breeds concerned:
Affenpinscher, Boston Terrier, English Bulldog, French Bulldog, Griffon Belge, Griffon Bruxellois, Petit Brabacon,
Japanese Chin, King Charles Spaniel, Pug, Pekingese, Shih Tzu
Reflecting on the legislative changes regarding the brachycephalic breeds in the Netherlands, please be informed
about the following:
Even though, last August, the FCI - among many canine stakeholders - had been informed about the preparation of
the current legislation, we have since then not heard -nor have we been consulted- of any final step or decision being
taken or made. No professional assistance or guidance was sought at that time by the Raad van Beheer (RvB-Dutch
Kennel Club), which “hoped to resieved a possitive reaction of our proposal from our Government and will keep the
International Dog World posted”.
Once the rumours about the legislative change have started on social media, we immediately contacted the RvB for
official further details.
Under the current sanitary circumstances, face-to-face meetings are not possible to be held but we will arrange a
personal meeting between the FCI General Committee’s representative and the RvB in order for us to understand the
practical situation, the plans and the standpoint of the RvB following this domestic legislative change.
As previously announced, the FCI had proactively started to establish a cooperation frame with the professional BOAS
working group led by Dr. Jane Ladlow and The Kennel Club in order to implement their new system of functional
tests and to apply even more professional methods for the health of brachycephalic breeds. Due to the current
pandemic situation, it was impossible to launch the program so far, but we shall do our best to introduce this new
approach worldwide as soon as the circumstances are appropriate.
Our priority is the preservation of these endangered brachycephalic breeds which all are National Heritages, and the
protection of the interests of responsible breeders (vs individual puppy-producers, who are not falling under any
regulations in the country).
One of our biggest concerns - besides ignoring the National Heritage of the countries of origin of the affected breeds -
lies in the fact that such legislation puts into advantageous situation those unmonitored and unregistered puppy
farmers who are now given the tools to avoid any control, functional test, genetic test, and professional supervision of
“Banning” breeds this way will result in making it impossible for the professionals (registered kennel club’s breeders)
to operate correctly and in the interest of the breeds in question. A huge percentage of the dogs will be produced in
individual households with no official affiliation to a registered entity, having as a final consequence that the overall
health status of these dogs will be dramatically and negatively impacted in a near future.
Keep in mind that once we lost the registered gene pool, the quality control gets lost forever.
Obviously, the FCI is also strictly against registered breed-crossing, which boils down to simply cheating hundreds of
years of history. Due to its simplicity and advantage to produce results in the short run, outcrossing is a popular
concept for refreshing the gene pool, but it also bears unforeseeable consequences on the gene pool of the breed(s).
All that is causing me a serious personal problem as well as the fact that this situation will affect only breeders related
to national canine organisations and will protect those who are not providing any pedigree along with their puppies.
Those dogs will indeed not fall under this regulation.
I am inviting all the national canine organisations, especially those which operate in the country of origin of the
aforementioned 12 breeds, to express their official reaction about a decision, taken by a foreign goverment, which
tends to ignore an important part of their Nationale Heritage without any previous with the professional authorities of
the involved countries.
I am calling for an international campaign and action related to this cultural matter !
The FCI General Committee will be able to take further actions and measures once we get first-hand information (from
the Raad van Beheer) about the facts and circumstances..
Dr. Tamás Jakkel
President of the FCI