Traditional Pedigree

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The Traditional Pedigree is a very popular pedigree among breeders and owners but unfortunately it has many shortcomings. Most notable is the importance it places on names, titles and certifications. None of these features are heritable which is why this pedigree lacks reliability and does not capture the information needed to plan a breeding. When something works, credit is given to the pedigree and the breeder, when it doesn’t; there is no record of information to be reviewed. This makes it ineffective as a breeding tool. The fact that it does not collect relevant information is the key reason breeders have now begun to use other pedigrees.

Traditional Dog Pegigree

Notice the kinds of information displayed on this pedigree. It requires memory and recall about each ancestor.  One of the advantages of pedigree analysis is the ability for breeders to “formula breed” and when information is missing go to a method known as “breeding-up.

About the Author

Carmen L Battaglia holds a Ph.D. and Masters Degree from Florida State University. As an AKC judge, researcher and writer, he has been a leader in promotion of breeding better dogs and has written many articles and several books.Dr. Battaglia is also a popular TV and radio talk show speaker. His seminars on breeding dogs, selecting sires and choosing puppies have been well received by the breed clubs all over the country.