Our Federation is still very young since it was established in 1989 in the maritime province of New Brunswick. An Acadian, Mr. Merville Landry began the breeding of a new race, the Coton de Tulear, still very rare in Canada.
At that time, the only organization that could register dogs was the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC). Unfortunately, since this breed was not recognized by the club, as all other rare breeds are not recognized by the CKC, dogs and litters could not be recorded by the CKC. Mr. Landry has not only been the pioneer in starting the breeding of this rare breed, he was also the founder of the Canine Federation of Canada (CFC). During the first year of operation, the new Federation recognized the Coton de Tulear as a rare breed and allows the registration of dogs and litters from these dogs.
Subsequently, the Federation adopted the first versions of standards for some rare breeds for which it has responsibility. These standards are those which have been prepared and adopted by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI).
Thus the CFC has become the new and sole governing body for canine rare breeds in Canada.