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The holiday Season is approaching! All of us are looking forward to warm gatherings with our family and loved ones. Yet another year is almost gone, and what a year!

The expansion of the FCI Offices in Thuin, whose construction started in 2014, was inaugurated on March 20th, 2015. On this occasion, the statue of a Belgian Shepherd Dog casted by the Belgian artist Luc Deblick was offered to the city of Thuin to commemorate the city which has been hosting the FCI headquarters since 1954 and which was proclaimed the World Capital of Dogs in 2011.

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Rafael de Santiago
FCI President
Screening of The Peruvian Hairless Dog at the FCI headquarters in Thuin:
birthday greetings to the Belgian club dedicated to this fascinating breed!

On the afternoon of 27 November, the film The Peruvian Hairless Dog was shown at the FCI headquarters. We took this opportunity to celebrate the 30th anniversary of this breed being recognised as a breed native to Peru, as well as the founding of the Belgian club dedicated to the breed.

The screening was followed by a meeting with the film's directors and production team.

Mr Pedro Alemant, one of the film's two directors, gave us his impressions at the end of the screening and the questions-and-answers session:
“We are very pleased to have been invited by the FCI to show this film for the first time in Belgium. We should remember that this is a very symbolic place for us, as it is here where, inter alia, the welfare, preservation and health of all the world's dogs, including the Peruvian Hairless Dog and its haired counterpart, are looked after.
Mr Yves De Clercq and Marie Luna Durán, respectively the FCI's Executive Director and its Marketing and Public Relations Manager, gave us a warm welcome, acclaiming our initiative to promote the breed via this film.
Also present were the honourable representatives from such clubs as the Czech and Belgian Hairless Dog Clubs and from the Peruvian Cultural Centre in Paris, as well as other personalities and the local media.
Throughout this very pleasant evening, our main guests, two splendid representatives of the Peruvian Hairless Dog breed, were also present. Both came from the Czech Republic, the country with the highest number of kennels for this breed.
Screening the film at the FCI supports our work and is an encouragement for us to move on further. "The Peruvian Hairless Dog" was shown at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on 7 November, as well as in leading cultural centres in Peru in February and March 2015.

In August 2015, the film was invited to take part in the Lima Film Festival, and in November 2014 was screened in its short version in the Latin American House in Paris.
Following this screening here at the FCI, we intend to tour Europe, visiting several major cities.
We have encountered a great amount of curiosity regarding this breed and its merits on the part of the public at large and European media. As for breeders, their interest is directed, inter alia, towards the dog's current situation in Peru, its history and the technical aspects.

The film is proving to be of great interest to the Peruvian public, which is very keen to have information on this ancient race.

This film has led several institutions to dedicate a large number of conferences and events to the breed. Similarly, a number of associations have been created. Nevertheless, a lot remains to be done.
Our work is currently motivating artists, archaeologists, historians, authors and the media to focus their attention on the breed.
For example, three days after screening the film at the UNESCO headquarters, one of the Ministry of Tourism's websites got more than 9,000 people commenting on the film, and more than 3,000 people sharing it on the social media – a record!
We have already started to work on a second film. We will continue doing everything in our power to ensure that this ancient Peruvian breed is preserved.”

He was followed by the film's second director, who had the following to say:
“For my part, I was very pleased that the work we did with Pedro was screened at the FCI, the institution guaranteeing the protection and promotion of dog breeds. At the time Pedro asked me to work on this film, I knew nothing about hairless dogs. Looking through the shots he had already taken at dog shows aroused my curiosity for this hairless, so-called primitive, animal. In the course of producing the film, I met some great people, who spoke with such passion and respect about the dog, and I suddenly understood why. There was something special about this dog. It was not just its slender physique and its lack of hair. It had a bond with the history of the country it comes from – Peru. That got me really excited and I wanted the film to truly reflect the feelings of all these people. One of my nicest meetings was with the painter Alberto Quintanilla. He immediately took me into his world of paints, telling me about his first encounter with this mythical dog, whose origins can be traced straight back to the creation of Peru. For him, the dog was an enigma. When we finished making the film, we decided, together with Pedro, to make a sequel. In our further research, we have found out several more surprising things about this breed. We have a lot of excellent material, but we've got to keep it secret for the moment. After the success of the first film which we financed completely ourselves, we hope that a number of institutions will support this new project.”

Mrs Véronique Dirix, President of the Belgian Peruvian Hairless Dog Club, expressed her delight in being invited to the film's screening and for the opportunity to commemorate the founding of the Belgian Peruvian Hairless Dog Club.

This screening and the occasion to meet up with the film's production team have been a great honour for the FCI, as one of its roles is to promote such productions and to highlight people working to preserve dog breeds. This involves not just preserving the animal and its natural characteristics, but also conserving and passing on a whole cultural heritage to future generations.

We wish this film great success, and look forward to a second documentary (already being prepared by the same team) dedicated to the breed!

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Pedro Allemant with Christelle Van Welden from the French Peruvian Hairless Dog Club
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Pedro Allemant unveils the statue of a Peruvian Hairless Dog
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Pedro Allemant
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Sculpture representing a Peruvian Hairless Dog by the artist Diego Mánchez (sculptor and painter, Escuela de Bellas Artes de Lima), a present to the FCI museum from the film team
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(from left to right) Pedro Allemant, Marie Luna Durán and Yves De Clercq
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(from left to right) Pedro Allemant and François Darleguy, the film directors
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(from left to right) Pedro Allemant with Lucie Moskalenkova and Eva Linhartova from the Czech Peruvian Hairless Dog Club
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Pedro Allemant with Véronique Dirix and Carmen Bortels from the Belgian Peruvian Hairless Dog Club

For more information:

Marie Luna Durán
FCI Marketing and Public Relations Manager