The Portuguese Water Dog Pedigree Study Group

This all started about ten years ago. There were several us who were quite interested in pedigrees of the Portuguese Water Dog and began sharing information. This database sharing took place between Karen Berggren and Pat Qvigstad of the USA and Kjell Holstad of Norway (later Sweden).

Over the years, we came to realize that there were a LOT of errors in various databases, including our own! Unfortunately, we had not been documenting the sources of our information, so we could not be sure of the accuracy of our information. Furthermore, we had come to realize the importance of accurate pedigree databases for the health and development of our breed.

In 2003 the “Portuguese Water Dog Pedigree Study Group” was established to develop an ACCURATE database which could be used as a framework for individuals to use in developing their own file of information. We do NOT publish health information or the names of individuals. The PWDCA Health and Litter Registry addresses these facets and we strongly encourage you to participate in their program. Their work is vital to the genetic health of the PWD!

Our database is unique in that we are trying to document the pedigrees of ALL PWDs and we are actively seeking copies of original documents- especially official documents- to insure the accuracy of this database. In particular, we are seeking copies of registration papers, stud books, official pedigrees, owner/breeder pedigrees, import/export documents, publications, even show catalogs! Because of the varied sources of our information, we have assigned a “reliability rating” to the information (located in the upper left corner of each pedigree page). A “1” indicates an official source for the information. Note that the highest the “sire reliability” is rated as“2” unless there has been a DNA test to prove paternity or, in the case of the foundation dogs, the sire is officially “AD” (Unknown Ancestry). Information from a reliable unofficial source is anywhere from 3-7 depending upon the number of errors found in information from that source. Show catalogs are a 9! All documents are placed in the PSG archive for research purposes and are not published.

We are documenting the registered name, registered number, call name, other registered numbers and names, country of birth, country of residence, other countries of registration, date of birth, date of death, color/coat/markings, titles, awards, certifications, owner, and breeder. Any health information is for our research purposes only. We do NOT share any health information

We have also started collecting photographs of dogs. We now have an on-line photo archive for research purposes. When you put the cursor over a dog’s name, if we have a photograph of that dog, the photo will pop up.

In January, 2007 we placed our database on a password-protected web site. This site is sponsored by Casa Hoya (Ilona Griffioen, the Netherlands) and they are providing both space for our site and the computer expertise to develop the site (Ilona’s friend, Raimondo, the Netherlands). Please be sure to thank them!

All of this work has been done by volunteers. No individual profits monetarily from this database. However, so many people felt we should charge for this database, that we decided that we would require that subscribers make a donation of at least $50 to the Portuguese Water Dog Foundation for health research and, if you want a copy of the database, pay the costs for shipping the database disk. Updates are sent by email. Subscription is for the calendar year- we do ask that you make a donation to the PWDF each year. Such donations must be marked in honor of the PWD PSG. The PWDF notifies us of your donation and we then activate your account. The PWDF asks that you have only one “honoree” per donation.

As a result of our work, we did discover a major error in the AKC database. The American bitch “Ria” had been recorded as the dam of Trovoada de Alvalade instead of the Portuguese “Ria” born more than ten years previously! We were able to provide the PWDCA with copies of the original Portuguese registration documents and the PWDCA petitioned the AKC for a correction of their database. Due to the importance of this dog, the AKC made this correction, affecting the pedigrees of a large segment of the PWD population in the United States.

Remember- this is an ongoing project and the work of folks like you! Errors happen! We are counting on YOU to let us know of any errors! If you can provide missing information, we would appreciate your help! If you can provide us with documents and/or photographs, we would appreciate scans or photocopies. For photographs, scans are better than photocopies due to the graininess of photocopies.

Updates are issued approximately once a month. If we have a LOT of updates, they may be issued more often to keep the email file to a reasonable size. The web site is being continuously updated (usually at least once/week).

We ask that you NOT share this database or your password with other people. Since we are trying to raise funds for PWD research, anyone using this database should make a donation. The best way to thank us for our work is to make a nice donation to the PWDF in honor of the PSG. It gives us great pleasure to see those research funds adding up!

You may use this information in your pedigrees on the web and for your personal genetic/pedigree research. However, please to NOT publish large portions of this database to the web! This database is copyrighted and we reserve the right to determine how the database will be shared. Please do NOT share it with the pedigree companies like CompuPed, BreedMate, Man’s Best Friend, etc.

This database is made available to researchers with the restriction that the database is for their own use and not for publishing to the web. This database is being used by researchers who developed the cardio DNA linkage test, by cancer researchers, Addison’s Disease researchers, and by researchers working on canine behavior as well as the Georgie Project.

The data is formatted to match the format of the BreedMate pedigree program. We use this program since information can be easily imported and exported with a comma delineated file. It is therefore easy to share information. Although most of the information will eventually be on the web site, you may still obtain a copy of the database for use on your own computer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Karen Berggren