World Kennel Organization – WKO
The World Kennel Organization is a world organization for cynology and dog sport. It currently has 22 member and or partner countries (only one national association is permitted per country), who keep their own stud book or whose member associations issue pedigrees and who train international breeding judges, performance judges and licensing officers.
The World Kennel Organization consists of five sections: Europe, North and South America including the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
The WKO guarantees the mutual recognition of the pedigrees of the national associations within their organization, as well as the recognition of their judges.
The World Kennel Organization (WKO) maintains a collective breeding book for individual members, which is only open to members in whose home country in which the member has their main residence, no national organization is a member of the WKO, or whose national association does not keep a breeding book.
The WKO 411 currently recognizes different breeds . The countries of origin draw up the standards for their breeds in cooperation with the WKO’s standardizing commission (description of the ideal type of breed). Breeds whose countries of origin are not represented are administered in patronage by the WKO. At all exhibitions of the WKO or its member associations, the breed standards for the judges represent the basis for the assessment . The standards are also the basis for breeders to breed a pure, healthy and first-class dog within the World Kennel Organization.
The World Kennel Organization (WKO) and its member countries conduct international beauty exhibitions and performance tests, the results of which are reported to the WKO General Office and digitally recorded by it. If a dog has achieved the required number of entitlements, it can be awarded the title of an international beauty, exhibition, work or work and beauty champion . These titles are awarded by the WKO.
In addition, the breeders can have their kennel names protected internationally through their national associations.