Web Database Quirks - Updated January 11, 2007

The PSG database includes several versions of a dog’s name, including the registered name, which is EXACTLY the way it is found on the AKC web site or the most official document we can find. Realize that registered names can have rather bizarre typographic errors. For example there is a Norvic dog that has a registered name beginning with an apostrophe: ‘Norvic’s…. !

The “Search Name” has had all grammatical markings removed, the kennel name is spelled correctly (or at least consistently!), the kennel name is NOT in the possessive form, and run-together names have usually been separated. Therefore, “Planalta’s Upandrunning” would appear as “Planalto Up And Running”.

HOWEVER- if the possessive is an integral part of the kennel name, then the “s” is kept but the ‘ is dropped in the search name. Therefore, Helm’s Alee, Helms All, Helmsalee, Helm’s Alee’s, Hems Alee, etc all appear as Helms Alee in the search name column.

We also document alternate versions of the dog’s name.

When you search by name, this program searches each of these categories to locate your dog. Dogs with identical names are assigned a superscript number to differentiate them. In the USA, this often happens if people register a dog with only the kennel name. However, the AKC indicates this with Roman numerals. So, you could get Planalto I and Planalto II. As a search name, these would be shown as Planalto 01 and Planalto 02. Identical names from different countries or for dogs not registered are identified with the superscript. Therefore you could have an American dog named Rover¹, an Australian dog named Rover² and an unregistered American dog named Rover³. This database does search portions of names, so “less is best”. Note that in some cases, these may actually be the same dog, but we do not yet have documentation to prove they are one and the same. An example would be if Rover¹ has an AKC number and date of birth of 12/2/05 while Rover³ has no other information except for a date of birth of 2/12/05. These are probably the same dog, but both will be retained in the database until we can obtain additional information.

Under “Registered Number”, if there is an AKC number, we use that. If there is no AKC number, we use the CPC number. If neither of those is found, we try to use the number by which the dog is most likely to be known. Therefore, although Baluarte de Alvalade was registered in several countries, the AKC number is the primary number. Since this column may have numbers from different countries, the registered number is prefixed by the kennel club acronym. This program searches both the primary number category and the alternate number categories. Note that in some cases, zeros are added to prefix the number so that the program will search properly.

Titles are prefixed by the acronym for the organization awarding the titled. Therefore, instead of “Am CH”, it will be “AKC CH”. If you do not recognize the acronym, it can be found in the “Glossary Spread” document. Parenthesis around a title indicates that it has not been confirmed from an official source. We do this because in the USA at least, there are several kennel clubs and organizations awarding titles, i.e. AKC, UKC, PWDCA, etc.

OFFICIAL NAME CHANGES: In some countries, the name of a dog can be changed. The AKC allows a name change UNTIL the dog has been awarded points, a title or certification, or has produced pups. In some countries, a name can be changed at any time- although this usually is just the addition of a kennel name. The problem is- at least in the USA, these could be two entirely different dogs! To clarify this, any name changes are placed in parenthesis ( ). Therefore, say a pup Greatdog Splash is exported from the USA to an English kennel, Topdog. In England, the name is changed to “Greatdog Splash at Topdog”. The database will show this dog as: Greatdog Splash (at Topdog) in the registered name column and Greatdog Splash at Topdog in the Search column.

AKC Quirks
Early AKC numbers were unique numbers assigned to a puppy at the time it was registered. Therefore, puppies from the same litter could be scattered throughout the database. Starting with the WP numbers (although there are a few exceptions during the changeover period), each litter is assigned a litter number then a puppy number is added at the end. All puppies from the same AKC litter have sequential numbers. Therefore, if puppies 01 and 04 are registered, we KNOW there had to be a puppy 02 and 03, even if they were never registered. We have therefore included those numbers in the database. If we do not know the name of the pup, the number is used in lieu of a name, since most pedigree programs do not accept duplicate names. In checking AKC numbers against the AKC web site, we check TWO numbers past the last “hit”. We still may miss some dogs, but this should catch most of them. Note that if a dog is imported, it does NOT receive a litter number, even if multiple pups from the same litter are imported at the same time. Each is assigned a unique number ending in “01”. (However, I have heard that AKC has changed this if the dogs are from the same litter and imported at the same time)

Is it an incredibly large litter? Like 30 pups? When there is an error in the registration process, instead of correcting the information for the registration number, AKC voids those numbers and starts with the next puppy number. I know of one litter where this happened three times! AKC keeps the same litter number, but changes the puppy number. Therefore, if a number starts as WP123456701 through WP123456710, you could wind up with a litter numbering from WP123456701 though WP123456730, with only the last ten numbers actually being valid numbers!

There may be only one pup in a litter with a reassigned number, or it may be the whole litter! Therefore, we retain ALL AKC numbers in the database. If we learn that a specific number or number series is not valid, we retain the AKC number as the name but add the suffix phrase “Null #” and delete the sire and dam (this is so they don’t show up in offspring reports)

In the USA, an unregistered purebred dog may receive an “ILP” number. This allows them to compete in AKC obedience, agility, etc. However, they may NOT compete in conformation and any offspring cannot be fully registered. Before receiving an ILP number, the dog must be spayed/neutered.

In Scandinavian countries and many other European countries, the last two numbers are NOT puppy numbers, nor are they the year of birth. They are the year the dog was REGISTERED in that country.

For Scandinavian names, Per Hannele V: "In Sweden and Finland (most European countries) we use Ö-letter and in Norway and Denmark they use ø-letter. Same spelling/same letter. Different writing."

Therefore, we use the spelling of the country of whelp.

LOF is the French Stud Book. Therefore, French registration numbers begin “LOF”. On official documents, the notation 8 C.E. POR after LOF refers to the FCI Group and Breed. Therefore, on the pedigree, the number LOF 8 C.E. POR 000118/ is actually the PWD puppy number LOF000118/. A dog is not fully registered until it is 12 months old. At that time, this number might become something like LOF000118/17. If a puppy is exported before it is a year old, the LOF000118/ would become the official registration number.

RI/LOP numbers: I had thought that an RI number (Initial Registration in Portugal) was assigned to dogs of unknown parentage. However, since we received a copy of an RI list, some of the dogs had parents listed! Plus, I found some dogs that seemed to have BOTH an RI# AND an LOP #! Isabel Santos was kind enough to clear this up for us.

She says that if you have a dog of a breed native to Portugal but of unknown parentage, you must present it for examination. If two judges agree that it is a Portuguese Water Dog, it will be assigned an RI number. This dog can have ONLY an RI number, never an LOP number.

The offspring of this dog are listed as “RI” until there are three generations of known parentage. However, if one of these offspring is shown and receives the rating of “Excellent” after 15 months of age, that individual dog may be assigned an LOP number.

SO- a dog can have BOTH an LOP and an RI number, but only if the parents are known and registered as RI or LOP. (but it appears that there were a few LOP #s inappropriately assigned. If one parent is RI and the other LOP, the RI rules apply)


Remember- this is a work in progress! We are counting on you all to check our work and PLEASE let us know if you find an error or if you can provide us with missing information!

I will be updating this document periodically, so check the date in the document title.

Please let me know if you would like to volunteer to help with this project.

Karen Berggren
Chairman, PWD Pedigree Study Group