It’s been a long time coming, but the Kintamani dog from Bali has finally received recognition from the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), an international federation of kennel clubs.
According to Benny Kwok Wie Sioe, the chairman of the Indonesian Kennel Club (IKK), the recognition means that, like other pure breeds, Kintamani dogs will now be able to enter dog shows and competitions across the globe. In addition, their birth certificates will now be permitted to use the FCI logo.
At a press conference on Saturday, Benny admitted that obtaining the FCI recognition had been no easy feat.
During his speech, he expressed hope that, as a recognized breed with a good lineage, Kintamani dogs would bring more value to the community as they could likely fetch upwards of IDR3 million (US$213) now, around ten times higher than previously.
The Governor of Bali, I Wayan Koster expressed his pride and appealed to the dog to keep the Kintamani dogs pure by not mating them with other types of dogs.