This entry has been revised after receiving a comment which pointed out that a statement made previously was unproven – thank you for making me aware of this discrepancy.

On Monday I received an e-mail from Canyon’s sire’s breeder to inform me that she had put all of his information on K9data a website that helps a breeder look at a registered golden or labrador’s pedigree. I had learned about this website a few months ago when researching golden retriever breeders and was hoping that once I received the transfer paperwork for Canyon from the Canadian Kennel Club that I’d be able to enter Canyon’s information. If you are interested in looking at it, you can GO HERE. I’m excited about this development because it means we’re just one step closer to fulfilling our dream of having canyon perform stud services.

After getting this e-mail I began thinking about pedigree and how important it is to look at when considering the breeding process. I was looking at the Blackpool Golden Retrievers website and they give a checklist of things to consider or ask when looking at a kennel or potential puppy. In this checklist they explain that some breeders will try and hide their dog’s lineage in order to hide inbreeding or that they might have gotten their dogs from puppy mills, so to look for breeders who list their dog’s pedigree on their websites. Blackpool sites k9data as a place where they have registered their stock and explain that you can not only find their dog’s lineage, but also their longevity and health clearances.

In an earlier post I discussed the theory behind line breeding so I won’t do it again here, but from my research on the effects of inbreeding on a line, it has been found that the progeny often become weak, small and timid. Some breeders will use this method to fix a specific trait, but given the results, I see line breeding as a much more effective method for fixing traits.

I’m not sure what brought me to write this entry, but I guess all this excitement surrounding Canyon’s paperwork finally arriving and now having him registered on k9data has just got me interested even more on learning all I can about the breeding process. I’ll close this post by saying;

Pedigree equals Quality – Reputable breeders follow a set of breed standards (set by the Canadian Kennel Club in Canada) in order to ensure the best quality dogs go on to be the parents of the next generation.


  1. I think this “a sire influences the colour and physical contour of their offspring, whereas the dam influences the characteristics of their temperament and instinct” is not actually true. Who was saying that? Was it a research study with actual data to back up that statement? While the bitch has more influence on temperament because she is spending more time with the pups once they are born till they are placed in their new homes, I do not think that sires have more influence on structure than the bitch does. Also line breeding IS inbreeding, not all inbreeding is bad or even undesirable. A dog closely linebred is more inbred than a dog not as closely linebred. If you want to repeat certain charactaristics you have to inbreed/line breed to a certain degree. Only doing outcrosses you can’t keep any consistency in what you are producing. In a litter of quality you should have all the puppies structurally and breed type wise looking approximately equal across the litter. If you only outcross when you breed, doing that is incredibly difficult and you end up with litters where some pups are examples of some charactaristcs and other pups are others in terms of strcuture. There is no consistency in the litter. Doing all linebreeding or all outcrossing is not desirable. A good breeder with a solid idea of how genetics works will do some degree of both depending on any given time what they are trying to reproduce in the dam/sire’s offspring. Rather than researching pedigrees I would suggest doing hard research in how basic genetics works and how certain traits or charactaristics are passed through generations. I also recommend going to a Pat Hastings seminar or 2 or 3 or 4 to learn about structure properly, Pat has a wealth of information on evaluating litters of puppies and adult dogs. Sometimes you can even sign up to have your dog as one of the evaluation dogs in the semianr. That would be an excellent way for you to learn exaclty what your dog’s faults and assets are.

  2. The entry has been revised, thank you for your clarification 🙂

  3. I am excited for you guys. Maybe you can enlighten us a bit more…just in case we decide to stud Balloo. lol

  4. It is important to know how to compute inbreeding:

  5. Just wanted to add to this “pedigree” post. It is important to remember that “The individual dog is always more important than the pedigree”. As important as CH and well bred/ good looking dogs are to have in a pedigree, you have to remember that those CH dogs probably have some pretty homely looking siblings, which can also be passing down genes to future litters. There is something called “Kitchen Table Breeding” which was talked about in a breeding seminar I went to. This is talking about breeders who start breeding programs based soley on pedigrees. This can lead you into a lot of trouble. When planning a litter, ou must base the mating on individuals themselves.

    Just my two cents as usual!

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