FCI Breed Standard
The FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) or World Federation of Kennel Clubs) recognises 349 breeds.
Each of them is the ‘property’ of a specific country. For our Dobermann, the standard is owned by Germany, the originator of our breed.
The ‘owner’ countries of the breeds write the standard of these breeds (detailed description of the ideal type of the breed), in co-operation with the Standards and Scientific Commissions of the FCI. The translation, updating and publication of the standards are carried out by the FCI.
These standards are THE reference for the judges at shows held in the FCI member countries, but also for the breeders in their attempt to produce top-quality dogs.
UK Kennel Club Breed Standard
The UK Kennel Club have a slightly different standard to the FCI.
They define their Breed Standard as the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance including the correct colour of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function. Absolute soundness is essential. If a feature or quality is desirable it should only be present in the right measure. However if a dog possesses a feature, characteristic or colour described as undesirable or highly undesirable it is strongly recommended that it should not be rewarded in the show ring