The Breed Archive for Belgian Shepherds is exclusively for provably pure-bred dogs registered with internationally recognised registries of purebred Belgian Shepherds. To keep our archive clear and reliable we cannot allow dogs without papers or mixes (except for ancient ancestors of the breed).
For most of the world this means that the dogs must be registered with their national registry, ie with participating members of the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale). Exceptions to this are the United Kingdom and its territories, the United States of America, and Canada. In the UK, the Kennel Club (KC) is the only acceptable registry for purebred dogs. Dogs bred in the Republic of Ireland, and several of the Channel Islands may be registered with the authorities in those locations that are linked by agreement with either the Kennel Club or the FCI. Canadian dogs must be registered with the Canadian Kennel Club (CKC).
Some countries employ a different approach, breeders not being required to register the full litter or each individual dog. In accordance with the American Kennel Club’s 'eligible for registration' requirement, we take the position that if any one dog in a litter is registerable, every dog in the litter is registerable. Even if a breeder, or the new owner choose not to register a particular dog, the dog in question remains a purebred Belgian Shepherd and is therefore eligible for inclusion on the Breed Archive.
We offer an extensive pedigree analysis page for each animal stored in the TBA database. This analysis contains the inbreeding coefficient (Wright's formula), ancestor loss, the partial inbreeding coefficient, the blood quota and more.
Please note: The pedigree analysis is based on the information in the database and is only accurate to that extent.
You can find a link to the pedigree analysis page on each animal's detail page and on the testmating page.
The pedigree analysis page calculates the inbreeding coefficient, ancestor loss, blood quota and the partical inbreeding coefficient (only up to the 5th generation) for a particular animal or testmating.
For details on the calculations study the tooltip information on the pedigree analysis page.
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No. Copyright does not protect
information itself. Information about animals is not copyrighted,
but is public information accessible via national animal
registries, catalogues, databases, pedigrees or other paperwork.
Therefore anyone can add an animal or edit the information about a
animal including the name, titles, date of birth, breeder etc. This
information is usually publicly available and it is not
copyrighted nor is it private information. The owners or the
breeders of an animal do not have the exclusive right to decide
whether the information of their animal can be added to a
Modifications and additions of animal entries can be tracked through the change log.