Italian Kennel Club

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Italian Kennel Club
Ente nazionale cinofilia italiana
Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana.png
FoundersCarlo Borromeo
Emilio Belgioioso d'Este
Ferdinando Delor
Carlo Biffi
Luigi Radice
Area served
Dino Muto

The Italian Kennel Club[1] (Ente Nazionale della Cinofilia Italiana, Italian National Cynophilia Board), commonly known as ENCI, is the primary kennel club responsible for dog pedigree registration services in Italy.[2]

ENCI provides judging for dog shows and many other services relating to dog showing. The club was founded in 1882[3] and is a full member of the world canine organisation, Fédération Cynologique Internationale.[4] Head office is located in Milan and it has offices in all regions of Italy.

In 2009, ENCI had more than 160,000 dogs listed in its stud books and organised about 400 shows. ENCI gives special attention to the 14 recognised breeds originating in Italy, i.e. the Bergamasco Shepherd, Bolognese, Bracco Italiano, Cane Corso, Cirneco dell'Etna, Italian Greyhound, Lagotto Romagnolo, Maltese, Maremmano-Abruzzese Sheepdog, Neapolitan Mastiff, short-haired and wire-haired Segugio Italiano, Spinone Italiano, Volpino Italiano.[5]

The Italian Breed Dogs Club (Club Italiano Cani di Razza, abbreviated ICBD) is an alternative club, recognised by the World Kennel Union rather than the FCI.[6]


  1. ^ "Italian kennel Club". ENCI. Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  2. ^ U.Klever (1977). Il Cane. Roma: Edizioni Mediterranee. p. 29. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  3. ^ "A short history about ENCI". ENCI. Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Membres". Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
  5. ^ "Italian Breeds". ENCI. Archived from the original on 2010-12-26. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  6. ^ Spadafori, Gina (1998). Il mio cane : for dummies. Milano: Apogeo. p. 30. ISBN 88-7303-434-9.

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