The Canine Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) was founded by President Marie-France Prayal who also serves as President of the national organization - Fédération Canine du Canada - Canine Federation of Canada (FCC) - under whose auspices CANS operates.

After attending FCC sponsored shows in Quebec, Marie-France was determined to bring these European based shows to the Atlantic Region and created Canine Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) in 2009. 

A handful of pioneers, dog show enthusiasts and dedicated workers have made certain that the shows are held annually since 2009. We look forward to increasing our MEMBERSHIP and broadening our financial base in order to continue to promote these unique, critiqued shows.

FCC was created in 1989 by Merville Landry of New Brunswick who introduced the Coton de Tulear to Canada and authored the self-published Dictionnaire de la Cynophilie.

FCC shows, held in the Maritimes and Quebec incorporates the Breed Standards and Group guidelines outlined by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI). FCC also provides a registry through the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation for purebred dogs recognized by FCI which are not recognized by other registries in Canada.

Many breeds, which are recognized by FCI, are rarely seen outside the European show venues but have the ability to be exhibited and achieve Champion status under the CFC/CANS show system.  This provides an opportunity both for dog show enthusiasts and the general public to learn more about a wide variety of dogs from around the globe.

For more information on the CANS shows and the Judging Procedures and how to obtain a CFC Championship or the prestigious Elite Championship, please click the links on the Rules and Regulations Menu on the left.