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World Cat Federation

The World Cat Federation (WCF) is an international association of cat clubs. It was founded in 1988 in the city of Rio de Janeiro, and continues to have a strong presence in Latin America, Western Europe, and in countries of the former USSR. It is currently based in Germany. There are 370 organizations worldwide associated to the WCF.[1] The current president is Anneliese Hackmann from Essen.

World Cat Federation
Formation1988; 31 years ago (1988)
Founded atRio de Janeiro
HeadquartersEssen, Germany
Anneliese Hackmann
Anna Rudakova, Dr. Johan H. Lamprecht
Secretary General
Tatjana Cernova
Alexandru Elian


The WCF allows the breeders of affiliated clubs to register their kennel names internationally. They create standards for the 61 pedigreed cats recognized by the club. The WCF trains judges for exhibitions and organizes the examinations. Generally, the WCF is designed to promote international contacts of the cat clubs affiliated.

The WCF has been successfully working on the development of animal protection laws in European Parliament in Strasbourg.

The WCF comprises over 10,000 breeders/catteries registered (not all are active members); 66 national organisations (plus 64 provisional); 370 clubs (over 500 counting sub-clubs) total pedigrees unknown (handled by clubs, not centralised); average of over 500 shows per year; 89 recognised breeds (as of 2016); describes itself as "an international association of cat clubs ... working on the development of animal protection laws"


  1. ^ kd-deuter. "WCF - World Cat Federation". Retrieved 2017-07-11.