The story of Dr. Ümit Özkanal with dogs started in 1983 when he got his first English pointer at the age of 13. Since then, his interest in dogs has increased very fast. In 2000, he got another gun dog, an English setter bitch whose mother and father having pedigree papers from the EKC and the idea of founding a kennel club in Turkey came to his mind. He, with some other dog lovers, started the ways of founding a club and in 2005 he contacted to the FCI to learn and start the journey. As a result of these efforts, Köpek Irkları ve Kinoloji Federasyonu (KIF) was founded with five breed clubs in September 2006.
Dr. Ümit Özkanal, as one of the founders of the club, has been working for the club and the local breeds of Turkey since the beginning. Now he is the President of the KIF and and all around judge for CAC shows and international judge for groups 1-2-4-6-7-8 and Yokshire Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier from group 3. . He is also a judge for British and Continental dogs working trials (CACIT)