HOW DOES ONE READ A PEDIGREE?

Pedigrees generally show at least three generations of a family tree and often more. Most pedigrees are read from left to right and also up and down. The cat to the farthest left and standing alone, or otherwise indicated, is the cat the pedigree documents.

       PEDIGREE FOR CH MILLCREEK`S ATHENA OF TAILSEND      
 +---------------------------------------------------------------------------+  
 |                          +----<3>GC ANSHENT-WON'S MESABI                  |  
 |                          |       0380-003752 RUDDY 12/18/1974             |  
 |      +SIRE:--<1>MILLCREEK'S FRAZIER                                       |  
 |      |          0380-005915 RUDDY                                         |  
 |      |                   |       ANSHENT-WON'S MARNIER                    |  
 |      |                   +----<4>0381-003752 RUDDY                        |  
 | CH MILLCREEK'S ATHENA OF TAILSEND                                         |  
 | 0381-008562 RUDDY 07/14/1979                                              |  
 | (F)  |                   +----<5>GC ANSHENT-WON'S MESABI                  |  
 |      |                   |       0380-003752 RUDDY 12/18/1974             |  
 |      |DAM:      MILLCREEK'S JUSTINE                                       |  
 |      +-------<2>0381-008179 RUDDY                                         |  
 |                          |       ANSHENT-WON'S MARNIER                    |  
 |                          +----<6>0381-003752 RUDDY                        |  
 +---------------------------------------------------------------------------+  
 CH=Champion GC=Grand Champion 

The cat named above and to the right of that cat is generally the sire (father) of the cat in question and the cat to the right and below is the dam (mother).

After that, the previous generations are listed, generally with the sire above and the dam below. Cats are listed, where possible, with their registration numbers (from CFA or other cat associations) and their colors/patterns. Their titles are also listed, but these may or may not be up to date. For example, a cat may be listed as CH (Champion) but actually have achieved Grand Champion (GC) status since the pedigree was printed. Or a female may have become a DM (Distinguished Merit cat - one who has produced five or more CFA Grand Champions or qualifying offspring).

Pedigree programs do vary and you may find some more legible than others. A typical three generation pedigree includes the cat in question and three generations of family tree. A five generation pedigree includes the cat and five generations of cats behind him/her.

An interesting note: Cats imported from outside the US that are not registered with CFA must present at least a five generation pedigree for most breeds in order for CFA to register them for showing. Some breeds require an eight generation pedigree (Siamese, for example) in order for an import cat to be shown in CFA. Generally, to register an import only for breeding, fewer generation pedigrees are required.

 


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