The Primarily Australian Shepherd Pedigree DB
(The DB also contains Miniature Australian Shepherds, North American Shepherds, and a few known crossbreeds. 
 A listing in this DB does not imply that an individual animal is or is not a "purebred Australian Shepherd".)

To use the site, you need an AussieBoard login which you may request here.

Follow these steps to display your pedigree or breeding information.

Number of generations: Select the number of generations you will want displayed in the pedigree. For most computer printers printing in Landscape mode, 5 generations is the best choice.
Field to search:
Search string: Enter the name, or partial name,  to search for. For example, entering "ben" will find all entries whose names contain "ben". Use * as a wild card to match any characters.

Order by:
  Click on the "Search Now" button below.

Submit pedigree additions or corrections.

NOTE: I am not going to be processing any additions or corrections until the software has stabilized. You can submit them, but they probably won't appear in the DB for a few months. (January 2012)
If you want to log in before you search, Log in here. You don't have to, the software will ask that you log in if you haven't.
Only log in once per session, you don't have to log in for every search.

Frequently Asked Questions

VERY NEW: I can't login! I'm having HUGE problems! HELP!!!!!

Most people are either getting the "not completely logged in" page or logging in sends you back to AussieBoard. The suggested solutions are the same for both problems.

  First, try going here. If you get back to this page, you should be able to search.
  Next, try to login again. If you get back to this page, you should be able to search.
  Third, you might have to configure your browser to accept cookies from

If you still can't resolve your problems, then post your problem in the AussieBoard PedigreeDB Support Forum or send me e-mail and please include the diagnostic information from the from the "not completely logged in" page. If don't have that, please send the information from the top of the cookie test page.

NEW: I submitted pedigree information a long time ago and it hasn't been updated yet.

 Yes. A lot of things have happened over the last couple of years. We got a new hosting site, we changed software packages, we were on the ASCA Board, we started a business. This service hasn't been the 'top' priority in a while. However, it's back up and operational (mostly) now. The "submission" interface still needs work, and the "submitted pedigrees" backlog is still huge... (January 2012)

I've seen this data somewhere else.

Yes.  You may have.   I know of two sites that have largely overlapping information with this site.  Both have obtained copies of the information on this site and published them without my knowledge.  I "stumbled upon" them.  It happens.  That's part of the reason I don't "share the DB" as broadly as I once did.

Neither of the other sites are being actively maintained at this time. (August 2008).

Hey!  Some of my dogs are in here and I didn't put them in!  Nobody checked with me!

Yes.  That happens.  Usually, it happens in one of two ways:

  1. When someone uses the submission page to add their dog and puts in an "extended" pedigree.  They're adding their dog's information--not yours.  That yours happened to be in their dogs' ancestry should please you.

  2. When I get information from the many places I get information (see this incomplete list).  This includes people other than the owner and breeder of the dog who submit pedigrees.

If the data is incorrect or incomplete please send me a correction or addition and I'll fix it.

You don't have any ancestry behind my dog.  I know they have a well documented ancestry.  Why don't you have it?

Because my sources didn't include your dog.  Not having a listed ancestry in this DB does not mean that a dog has no documented ancestry.  It merely means that I don't have it.  If you have the extended pedigree for your dog, please submit it on the submission page.

On controlling what's in the DB "because I'm the breeder":

If you want me to remove information, contact me and we can talk about it.  Under some circumstances, I can be talked into to removing specific single animals from the database.  I won't remove dogs that have been titled or bred, as those animals are no longer "hidden from view" and are contributing to the programs in which they participate and/or the broader Australian Shepherd gene pool.  In my opinion, if you want to keep the pedigrees of your dogs secret, don't show them, breed them, title them or advertise them and don't sell, give, or trade them to anyone who will.

I'm reluctant to remove otherwise good information about dogs because you've "changed registries and changed the dog's name and registration number".  I will list the dog under the name you prefer, but I'd like to continue to track the other name as an alias.

I won't contact you because someone submits a pedigree that has one of "your" dogs in it.  There are over 80,000 entries in this DB.  To check with every "owner" or "kennel" every time one of "their" dogs get submitted would exceed my time commitment for this project.  That would/will result in it's removal from the web.  It's that simple.

Mini's are in the DB!  That's great, thanks!  ...or...  That's horrible, what were you thinking?!

Yes.  They are.  They've been in the DB for the last 4 years or so. Their inclusion does not mean that they ARE or AREN'T "Australian Shepherds".  They're here because their history, a good chunk of their genetics, and large portions of their pedigrees are all intertwined with the Australian Shepherd.  So much so that taking the "mini portion" of the DB--which for all intents and purposes is an impossible task--out for someone else to host as a "Mini-Aussie" pedigree DB would substantially reproduce what already exists here. 

Fundamentally, I believe it's more important to have a valuable informational tool available to people than it is to take a hard "doggie politics" stand via this website.  I'd rather have more information available than less--so Mini's are in (as they've been for several years). 

If you look closely and know what you're looking for, you might be able to find a couple of Aussie x BC's in the DB as well.

My dog is listed as his own sire with an F=100% and dam named "Dog Also Known As" (or her own dam with sire "Bitch Also Known As").
    (or) What the heck is "# AKA" as a Registration Number:

In the early history of Registered Aussies, every time a dog changed hands it changed names--only the registration numbers remained the same.  Nowadays, dogs may have multiple names if they are registered in multiple registries (i.e. MASCA/NSDR or ASCA/AKC).  As a result, pedigree hounds like me can either get duplicate data in the information (and your breeding records get ALL messed up), or we can develop a shorthand to identify when a name applies to a particular animal.  That's what I've done.  I choose one name that functions as the "primary" name for a dog.  The other names are "aliases" or "AKA's" for the "primary" name, and are marked as such.

For example, the following are different names (AKC and ASCA) for the same dog:

Heatherhill Paladin
Heatherhill Nidalap

The name I have chosen as the "primary" for this dog in the DB is "Heatherhill Nidalap".  The other entry is an "alias" for the "primary" and references it by having "Heatherhill Nidalap" as the name of the Sire with "AKA" as the Registration Number.  For females, I put the primary name in the "Dam" Field. (example: Catalpa Gingerbred Cantbewrong/Gingerbreds Ms Can't be Wrong)

If I know the ASCA name of a dog, I choose that name as the "Primary".  If not, it's up for grabs.

What's that "F=" percentage thingy anyway?

Wright's Coefficient of Inbreeding (article by CA Sharp).  It was computed using a maximum of 10 generations in depth--so they are comparable to what you'd get from CA.  Some facts about the DB and the COI calculations:

Some "Observations" about COI's in general:

NOTE: "Trial Pedigrees" do not have COI computed for them.  COI computation is a compute-intensive task, and the DB isn't implemented such that computing COI's "on the fly" makes sense.  Sorry.

How can I update titles other information for dogs in the Database?

Use the Data Entry form.   You can include "x" as the Sire and Dam if you don't want to type all the "required" stuff.  You may also, at your discretion, send me e-mail with the updates, but I'd rather you used the Data Entry form..  Did I mention that I strongly prefer for you to use the Data Entry form?

About titles:

I'm not "tracking" titles.  If you enter titles, then that's fine.  I've got some I like to see and some I don't (and will remove, for instance: I don't consider "PT" "HT" or "HIC" to be titles, they're pre-title "certifications" and as such, they are pretty meaningless IMO.  I also don't include CGC.).   I will leave the "Championship" titles alone (WTCH, HCH, Ch, OTCH, MACH, etc.).  I was tracking ASCA titles for a while, but stopped.  Here are the reasons:

If you want titles in there for your dogs, use the data submission form to add them to the DB.

I keep seeing a message "You have exceeded your quota", what's going on?!

The Database now has a "limiter" built into it.  This message is the "limiter" telling you that you have exceeded the daily, hourly, or per-minute limits on DB searches.  The more times you hit the limit, the slower the DB will respond to your queries.  The limits are currently being "tuned", so please be patient.  No, I'm not going to tell you what they are.

To avoid the message, please take the following actions:

Please keep in mind that this pedigree DB has more than 1000 users.  Even with the "limiter", it produces 1500 pedigrees or breeding reports on a "normal" day.  A "heavy" day sees the site serve 2500 or more pedigrees.  By choosing to place an "upper limit" on people using the DB, I'm ensuring that the vast majority of the users--who look at less than 10 pedigrees during their visit--continue to have this resource available to them.

What software do you use for the DB?

I use and endorse BreedMate to manage the data.

A couple of other good software packages for tracking dog information are "Breeder's Assistant" and "K9Ped".  These software packages all support "output" of the pedigree data into an "industry standard" format--so that you may change programs or share seamlessly with users of other programs.  In all cases, these companies view the data you've painstakingly collected over the years as your data (and as someone who has collected a fair amount of data over the course of several years, that is important to me...).

Will you share your data with me?

Yes, I am occasionally willing to share portions of the data with people for their own personal use.  I'm VERY selective about sharing at this point--due to the number of "one-way" sharing requests.  Many people want me to share with them, but don't bother to "share back".

Where I got the data:

To my knowledge, none of the information contained within the Database is proprietary or confidential.  As such, this information exists in the public domain.  I'm just making it available in a different way.

Why shouldn't I just build a script and "harvest" the data out of your DB?  It's not that hard to do.

As a long-time software developer, I can understand this question.

I've already blocked access for at least one person who did this.  I don't like to do it, but in order to keep the site up and available for EVERYONE, I feel obligated to constrain the usage to people, not automatons.

What the heck is "UR" as a Registration Number:

It means the dog is not registered.

What does XXX mean:

It means I need help with this one.  Help!

Why I put the database online:

I created this database because I was interested in how we got to where we are with the Australian Shepherd breed.  I maintain it because I continue to find more interesting information about dogs from the past and present and because I may (or may not) be searching for some elusive "bloodlines".  I made it public because it seemed a shame to hoard what I had while others were searching for the same things.  The lack of open, correct, and available information frustrated me then, and it continues to frustrate me today.

On correctness:

I strive to have correct information in the database, but the data is only as good as the sources from which it came (and/or the transcription service provided by my fingers).  Correcting the incorrect information that is here is much easier than it was to pull what's here together in the first place.

I know this data is not all correct.  There are duplicates and misplaced sires and dams in here.  I find errors and omissions in here every day.  As I find them, I fix them.  If you find any, let me know and I'll fix those too.

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This pedigree database is a longtime personal project and has no connection with any dog registry or registry program. It has been providing a free pedigree service for Australian Shepherd fanciers and accepting online submission of Aussie pedigree information since March 2001. The correctness of the site and the information contained within it is subject to the honesty and integrity of the people providing the information to me and/or the other data sources I use to gather public information about these fine animals.  It is not the "information source of record" for any pedigree information on any specific animal.  That information may be found by contacting the registering organization for an official pedigree.


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