Austrian Association of Cynologists

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Austrian Association of Cynologists
purpose Umbrella organization of cynological associations in Austria
Chair: Michael Kreiner
Establishment date: January 31, 1909
Number of members: approx. 50,000
Seat : Biedermannsdorf

The Austrian Cynologist Association (ÖKV) is the largest umbrella organization in the Austrian dog industry. It unites around 100 associations with 50,000 members. The ÖKV represents Austria in the international cynological umbrella organization , the Fédération Cynologique Internationale , and is based in Biedermannsdorf .



On September 8, 1863, the first Austrian dog show was held in the " New World " in Hietzing near Vienna. The organizer was the kk Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft. In 1876 Prince Albrecht zu Solms-Braunfels, Count J. Wilczeck and others founded the “Cynological Society” in Vienna. From 1877 this organized regular dog shows. In January 1883, the general assembly of the “First Austrian Poultry Breeding Association” decided to found a section for dogs, which was named “First Austrian Poultry and Dog Breeding Association in Vienna”. This organized an exhibition on the grounds of the horticultural society, which was advertised as "Exhibition of pure breed dogs from Austria-Hungary and Germany". Franz Xaver Pleban, who is considered the father of Austrian dog sport , was at the head of the committee . In the same year the first volume of the Austrian Stud Book (ÖHZB) was published.

Various developments in the field of hunting dogs on the one hand and luxury dogs on the other resulted in differences of opinion, as a result of which at the general assembly of the delegates' assembly on January 31, 1909, the decision was made to found the Austrian Cynological Association, whose first president Prince Emanuel Ypsilanti has been. The exhibition, judge and examination regulations have been revised. The police and protection dog association , also founded in 1909, today the Austrian Working Dog Association (ÖGV) was responsible for the working dog sector. A “Search Association” was founded for the hunting dog sector, from which today's Austrian Hunting Dog Association (ÖJGV) emerged. The activities led to the ÖKV becoming a founding member of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on May 22, 1911.

Development until 1938

Rudolfine and Rudolf Menzel

The First World War almost brought the dog world to a standstill. The training system was subordinate to the war machine and the training of reporting and medical dogs. The office operations and the keeping of the dog stud book remained upright. With the end of the war and the independence of the crown lands , the organizational structure of the ÖKV also collapsed. The association was reorganized under the leadership of Karl Witzelhuber. In order to remove the ground from possible friction between the clubs, the areas of activity of the general and special clubs were precisely defined and it was determined that there should only be one special club for each breed. A regulation that is still valid today. There was also only one responsible association for training and the necessary examination regulations. It was the Austrian Police and Protection Dog Association that maintained contact with the executive and was responsible for all performance winner tests up to 1938. A new statute was drawn up and a large number of associations were established in a short time. The failure to publish the dog breeding book 1914-1923 was made up for in an anthology. In 1920 the dog research center was founded by Emil Hauck with Karl Witzelhuber and the couple Rudolfine and Rudolf Menzel as the most famous employees. The Austrian Cynological Museum emerged from this in 1936. In 1929, according to a report by the secret state police, the association had 40 dog breeding associations, including 5 foreign ones (the successor states of the former monarchy) with a total of around 10,000 members. The association was successful in the exhibition sector. The largest international dog show on the continent took place in the halls of the Vienna Trade Fair Palace on April 24th and 25th, 1934. Despite the general economic crisis, it had 800 dogs and was attended by almost 20,000 people. The relationship with the FCI, which had been lost during the war, was also resumed in 1932. In 1937, as President of the FCI, Karl Witzelhuber established German as the language of negotiation with equal rights.

1938 to 1945

When it joined Germany, the ÖKV lost the competence of the Austrian umbrella organization for dogs. After a transitional period in which some of the clubs continued to exist as specialist groups of the German associations, the cancellation of a total of 23 clubs from the ÖKV was announced on August 4, 1939. The assets of the associations were intended for use within the "Ostmark". All clubs received a "uniform statute" from the Reichsfachgruppe Deutsches Hundewesen eV (RDH). The breeding bookkeeping of the Austrian Cynological Association was discontinued at the end of 1938 and on January 1, 1939 it was transferred to the collective breeding book of the RDH. The founding member Karl Witzelhuber withdrew from cynology. Emil Hauck took on the task of maintaining contact with the RDH. With the beginning of the Second World War , the Reichsfachgruppe Deutsches Hundewesen was spun off from the Reich Association of German Small Animal Breeders and became an independent Reich Association for Dogs. Dog sampling was carried out. From 1943 on, dogs were also wanted for the Wehrmacht and the police. Pedigree dogs had to be announced. Over 200,000 dogs were used by the military and police.

Rebuilt after 1945

Two months after the end of the war, a group around Konrad Worall met on June 17, 1945 and decided to re-establish the ÖKV. The first general assembly took place on October 12, 1946. The club concentrated on the pedigree dog clubs and initially did not want the training clubs to be there. This approach was later the basis for a crucial test of the ÖKV. The police and protection dog association could not be turned away and was then also integrated. The first international dog show took place a year later.

From 1947 the structure of the FCI was rebuilt. The membership of the ÖKV in the FCI was renewed and international contacts were resumed. The board of the ÖKV, at the request of the training committee (AbA) in the board meeting of January 1955, decided to prohibit the Austrian Working Dog Association (ÖGV, formerly Police and Protection Dog Association) from training and testing dogs without proof of parentage . In the general assembly of the ÖGV the 31 local groups decided against the leadership of the ÖKV. On April 27, 1955, the ÖGV informed the ÖKV that it would join the International Dogsport Union ( IDU ). Clubs also split off from pedigree dog clubs. Today's dog sporting event (ÖHU) emerged from this IDU . Nevertheless, the contacts between the ÖKV and the ÖGV never broke off. After negotiations, the ÖGV returned to the ÖKV in November 1959.

The “dissidence” - dog breeding and dog sport clubs outside the ÖKV - developed into competition in Austria. This contributed to the fact that the ÖKV got into economic difficulties. Although Austria hosted the World Dog Show in 1960, the economic situation was so bad that the contributions to the FCI could not be paid. At the FCI General Assembly in Warsaw in 1969, payment was deferred, with the Netherlands and the Scandinavian countries vouching for Austria. A deletion from the list of members of the FCI was prevented. From 1970, when Walter Hiedl assumed the presidency, the situation improved. In 1985 the statutes of the ÖKV were adapted to the changed circumstances. Under the leadership of Walter Hiedl, the breeders were given basic knowledge in seminars at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. The association magazine “Our dogs” has been transformed into a cynological magazine. In 1985 Karl P. Reisinger was appointed President, who led the ÖKV until 1999.

The dog sports agility and obedience , newly approved by the FCI, were introduced in the training system. A sponsorship agreement made it possible to award around 100 agility courses to the local groups of the association's bodies . The exhibition system was expanded. A new statute was adopted in 1998. The board of directors was reduced from 16 to 7 board members, and an advisory board was appointed, which was to be elected according to the right of personality. After the “Euro-Dog” in 1999, Karl P. Reisinger resigned as President of the ÖKV and Wolfgang Tauber took over the office.

The association was involved in drawing up the Animal Welfare Act 2004 , especially when it came to questions about dogs . In August 2001 the platform “Wir für das Tier” was founded. Members were the Federal Association for Riding and Driving, the Central Office of the Austrian State Hunting Associations and the ÖKV. One of the important areas of responsibility of the ÖKV board was also the problem area of ​​"dangerous dogs", which was discussed in the press in 2000. The position of the ÖKV was presented to the public.


The main goals of the ÖKV are aimed at qualitative breeding, appropriate keeping and training, testing and use of the dog. The deepening of the human-dog relationship is a general leitmotif of the ÖKV. Breeding and training associations are united in the Austrian Cynologist Association . Since the end of the First World War, there has been a regulation that there can only be one association for each recognized dog breed .

The ÖKV has been working with a model since 2000 . The association magazine of the Austrian Cynologist Association is the magazine Our Dogs , which appears monthly. The ÖKV office has been located in Biedermannsdorf since April 2003.

European Dog Museum

When the ÖKV contacted Helga Fleig in 2002, the Kynos Foundation handed over the collection of the Fleig couple to the ÖKV for presentation and safekeeping. Since then, copies of the collection have been exhibited in the Marienberg Monastery and the first European dog museum has been founded. Today it includes the cynological museum of the ÖKV and the Fleig collection. The actual foundation of the museum, however, is the Emil Hauck collection .

Representative of the ÖKV at the FCI

  • In the 1930s Karl Witzelhuber president of the FCI
  • 1978 Walter Hiedl was appointed to the FCI management, was treasurer and FCI vice-president for several years
  • 1984 Walter Hiedl elected President of the FCI
  • 1985 Hans Müller (Switzerland) elected the new FCI President on the proposal of Walter Hiedl
  • 1985 Karl P. Reisinger elected to the FCI board
  • 1988 Eberhard Strasser Chairman of the FCI Working Dog Commission
  • 2005 Wolfgang Tauber elected to the permanent “Legal Commission”

International exhibitions and exams

  • World Dog Shows 1960, 1976 (Innsbruck), 1986 (first ring of honor instead of catwalk), 1996 (Vienna and Budapest, Hungary, together)
  • 2012 May 18-20 in Salzburg; Organization unanimously awarded to Austria by the FCI General Assembly in Mexico in May 2007
  • Euro-Dog 1999 in Tulln: June 2005 in Vienna - Tulln. With around 10,500 dogs on show, the highest number of dogs in Europe was achieved; in the following years the number was not reached again.
  • FCI European Championship for Bracken: October 2006 in Styria and Burgenland / Teichalm
  • IPO championships for working dogs: European championships 1972 (2nd European championship of working dogs for national teams) in Stockerau, 1979 Vienna, 1988 in Dornbirn
  • IPO World Championship 1999 in Stockerau.
  • FCI tracking dog world cup, the tracking dog world championship took place in spring 2006 on the Teichalm in Styria
  • Obedience World Championship 1996 as part of the World Dog Show in Vienna
  • FCI-IPO World Championship 2009 in Schwanenstadt
  • FCI Agility World Championship 2009 in Dornbirn
  • Giant Schnauzer World Championship 2009 in Götzis
  • Obedience World Championship 2012 as part of the World Dog Show in Salzburg

Membership development and puppy numbers

year number Members
1929 40 10,000
1970 51 11,077
1984 84 29,567
1985 90
2003 101 47,517
2008 98 50,597
2012 101 54,148
2013 101 54,699

Puppy entries in the stud books of the ÖKV

  • 1970 4,561
  • 1984 6,212
  • 2003 8,650
  • 2007 8,224
  • 2008 10,156
  • 2009 9,358
  • 2010 9,914
  • 2011 8,912
  • 2012 9,035
  • 2013 8,913

Individual evidence

  1. Austrian National Library: ANNO, Fremd-Blatt, 1863-09-09, page 5. In: Retrieved September 8, 2016 .
  2. Man's best friend. The European Dog Museum. OMB Journal Retrieved June 5, 2011
  3. Current FCI statistics

Web links

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