Those of you, old and decrepit like me, who prefer to sit on highseats rather than the “0400 runners” as I call my younger shoot partners can do worse than buying the books from Andrea Camilleri (second hand, 0.01p +postage from Amazon) about Inspector Montalbano for a highseat read. The best I have read for years. I have not yet been able to predict the outcome of any ofthese books; there are 12 in the series.
And then there are those of you who do not fully understand the ins and outs of Higgs’ Boson, the God particle. I am one of them.Apparently the whole universe depends on it since its creation although we only knew about its possible existence for the last 50 years. It lives in some kind of shadowy parallel universe.
And then there is the world of pedigrees for Hanoverian Scenthounds. A combination of the God particle and Montalbano and just as difficult to comprehend.
There is the FCI the Federation Cynegetique Internationale,86 members countries; the International Federation of Kennel Clubs that each issue mutually recognised pedigrees. The UK KC is a member.
There is the JGHV, the German shooting dog association that regulates hunting dogs in Germany.
There is the VH, the Verein Hirschmann, that regulates the breeding and issuing of pedigrees for Hanoverians accepted by the JGHV and the international Federation, the ISHV.
And then there is another universe.
There is the FCI, the Federacion Canine International. Their website seems to have disappeared but mainly Spanish speaking and American member clubs I recall. The UK Kennel Club is not a member. The other, much older, (cynegitique) FCI has warnings on its website that I should not beconfused with this FCI. “The FCI informsall its members and contract partners that it holds no official relationswith the Federación Canina Internacional and its members and that itdoes not recognise this Federación”. Now why do you think the Federacion Caninehas exactly the same initials, FCI?
There is the Deutscher Rassehunde Verband, not recognised on its website by the JGHV. Etc, Etc, Etc
Thus you might buy a dog with FCI (Federation Canin) papers issued by the DRV and think you have a hound that can participate, if you feel so inclined and are invited, in international ISHV trials and bred with dogs from the VH (if you have passed the tests). But because the Federation Canine is not recognised by them you cannot. You can never breed with a dog from theFC(ynegitique)I and get its papers.
That is certain, the other FC(ynegitique)I, the JGHV and theVH will not recognise your papers so you are in the doghouse! (If you do not mind owning a Hanoverian without any papers the cheaper way to get one is described in my post “Hanoverians or Bavarians” of April 1).
It is up to you to choose buy you can guess from what Iwrite which FCI I would choose!
If after all this you say “I’ll get myself a Labrador, this is too much for me”; honestly I cannot blame you.
But if you persevere to the end which you should to show yourself worthy of being the owner of one of these absolutely astonishingly trained and bred hounds with an ISHV and HV accepted pedigree you will not regret it. Ask the people who got one.