Welcome to The Breed Archive (TBA) community, a place for animal lovers, breed enthusiasts and pedigree addicts.
We believe in the power of people's passion for their pets and their dedication to their favourite breed. The Breed Archive offers you the platform for your breed's history and future, bringing together breed enthusiasts from all over the world.
TBA is intended for real animals and not fictitious ones, or future litters. The information on any particular animal must be correct and relevant to that particular animal. It is not permitted to include advertisements or litter announcements of any kind.
These guidelines may be subject to modification. Please check for updates on a regular basis.
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.
Images uploaded to TBA must not be protected by any third party copyright and must not include identifiable people (other than yourself)!
If you have images that you would like to upload to TBA, you must check that you have permission to publish them in this way. If you are not the rights owner and you do not know for certain that the photographer has been dead for 70 years, then you will need explicit permission to publish.
If you find an image on a website, please check with the site owner first before uploading the image. Remember that site owners may not own the copyright to images they make available and that you may need to make other enquiries in order to use them.
Make sure you spell names correctly.
Please apply the general rules of capitalisation in English; in titles (i.e. animals' names and kennels' or studs' names), this means capitalising:
Please do not spell the names of animals all upper or lower case due to readability reasons!
Titles are not part of an animal's name. So please do not add the titles of an animal as prefix or suffix to its registered name!
Wrong: Ch Pencloe Dutch Gold
Correct: Pencloe Dutch Gold
A number of negative side effects occur if you add titles as part of an animal's registered name. For example, the animal can then no longer be found in alphabetical listings, etc.
There are dedicated possibilities for entering animals' titles, irrespective of whether they are prefix and suffix titles.
We offer a feature that allows you to enter health information for a particular animal. This information is stored with other animal data (name, date of birth, country of birth, sire, dam, ...…) and visible to every user of the website.
Recording health issues with a particular breed is important for the future of the breed and maybe even for its survival.
Please be aware that this is sensitive data and may only be entered by the owner or breeder or by a person with the explicit approval and authorisation of the owner or breeder. Any information of this nature must be supported by a diagnosis or test results from a legitimate veterinarian or, exceptionally, can be provided if there is a good and comprehensible reason for attributing certain health information to the animal.
Please behave as you would expect others to behave towards you when using The Breed Archive