History of the Estonian Kennel Union
Pure-bred dog breeding started in Estonia in 19th century. The dogs were initially imported mainly from eastern Europe and Russia. Dogs were mainly used for hunting. Also some kennels became active at this point
May 20-22, 1897 is the day when the first dog show was held in Baltics. At the same event, the basis for the dog breeder association were laid down. This association became the predecessor of Estonian Kennel Union. Its first general meeting was held the same year in the Hotel Imperjal in Riga and articles of association were accepted.
An Estonian Kennel Club was founded in 1929 and was active 1929 - 1940. Activities were interrupted by Soviet occupation. During the Soviet period, the idea of Estonian Kennel Union was kept alive by the Estonian Huntsmen Association that kept the studbook as well as issued the pedigree certificates to the dogs. At the same time, also several other pedigree issuing clubs were active. All of these clubs aimed to unite the people interested in pure-bred dogs.
After regaining independence in the end of 1980s, it was possible to re-establish also our kennel union. On December 9, 1989, a congress was held for the representatives of five leading clubs dealing with pure bred dogs. On the same day, the articles of association were signed. So December 9 can be regarded as the re-birth day of Estonian Kennel Union.
From the moment of re-establishing, Estonian Kennel Union has been organised in accordance with the FCI to meet international standards. Since 1991, Estonian Kennel Union became the associative member of FCI and since June 1, 1999, a federated member. Estonian Kennel Union has close connections with the Nordic kennel clubs as well as with the Baltic kennel unions. We have received enormous help in re-building the system from our Finnish, Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and Icelandics colleagues to whom we are very thankful for all their input.
At the present, Estonian Kennel Union unites more than 90 organisations and about 1600 individuals interested in pure-bred dogs. We and our member organisations arrange more than 80 shows a year and numerous training events as well as competitions. We are active in international level. We publish four times a year our own magazine, KOER. You are welcome in being our member and taking part of our activities.