First, use the database.
Look at your dogs. Look at your friends’ dogs. Look at the national champions or the Westminster winner. See what famous dog are in their background. See where they came from.
Use it as the breeding tool it should be. Do trial matings. Examine what happened to sire and dam previous litters, how did their sibling fare, are there any traits flowing through these dogs.
Although it is not there today, look at the pictures, look at the health and conformation history.
Contact the breeders to get their opinions on the strengths and weaknesses of their dogs. They might be able to evaluate if your dog is a good mate ( or not) for a particular dog from their program.
Second, contribute your pedigrees.
Whether you have one Scottie or hundreds, we want your pedigrees.
Confirm that all your dogs are in the database. Obviously, check to see how far back your dog lineage goes.
Confirm that they are correctly identified with the correct titles, etc. Report your international titles. The STCA pedigree database is not limited to AKC registrations or American dogs.
If you do not have all the information about your dog (see below), send in what information you have. If you can spend a little time to gather a more complete list that would be great.
If your dogs or its ancestors are missing, send in that pedigree. If you have 8 generations, send it in. If you only have 3 generations, send it in. If you only have the names of the dogs, send it in.
If you are contacted for data on your dog(s), make every effort to send in the information.
Look for the pedigrees that are sitting around your house. Look through old magazines and catalogs. See what pedigrees you may have that you forgot you had. If you find one that is not in the system, send it in. If you find really old pedigrees that are not entered, send them in. Ideally if will be copy or scan of an official registry document like the American Kennel Club or Canadian Kennel Club. But do not feel limited by that constraint. Hand written or typed pedigrees are just as good.
If you are a breeder, send in all the litter mates for a particular breeding, not just the ones that you kept.
As soon as you complete the paperwork for registering a litter, send in that information.
If your dog gets a new title, send in that information. Most of the AKC titles will be done automatically.
If you are sending data to another database, make another copy and send it to the STCA also.
If you have stud books or other breeding records, contact the Pedigree group on lending them. Don’t send them in right away as the may have already been entered.
If you have old catalogues especially from Montgomery, Crufts, etc, contact the Pedigree group on lending that information. Don’t send them in right away as the may have already been entered.
The Pedigree committee is looking for the following information for each dog:
- Registered name
- Registration number and registration organization eg AKC, CKC, English Kennel Club. Dogs registered in multiple systems should include all their number
- Call name
- Titles – from AKC and other national organizations
- Birth date
- Date of Death
The committee will be posting how you should send in that pedigree. There will be a series of mechanisms for making pedigree contributions.
The Pedigree Committee will work the data as quickly as possible.
Third, contribute your time.
All this data eventually has to get into the physical database that stores this data. Someone has to do this data entry. You can be that someone. If you are willing to commit your time, the Pedigree Committee wants you to help. Contact the STCA Pedigree Committee Chair if you are interested.
You will be trained, provided with the tools to do the work and of course, given the dogs, etc to enter into the database.