Dog Pedigree: Know your Pekingese’s Family Tree


Dog Pedigree: Know your Pekingese’s Family Tree

What is a dog pedigree? It may sound confusing but it is only the other term for a dog’s family tree. It would contain the names of your pet’s parents, grandparents, great grandparents, so on and so forth, usually 4-5 generations. It would also contain the titles earned: sire, champion, dam of merit, agility or obedience titles.

In order to join an AKC show, a printed pedigree is not necessary since they already required your pet to be registered, thus his entire pedigree is already on file.

A pedigree comes in handy during a breeding program. Knowing the your pet’s complete ancestry as well as of the dam, it would help you determine if they are compatible or how closely they are related. Usually, dogs don’t seem to be related during the first generations then would end up the same during the 4th or 5th generation. Knowing the number of Champions or other titles in a dog’s pedigree would be able to you much about the lineage, as well as the tendency for the future puppies to meet the standard function or form.

Dog Pedigree

Okay, so exactly what is this pedigree thing? It’s quite simple—it’s a family tree. Normally, a breeder will provide a pedigree showing four or five generations. The pedigree begins on the left with the individual dog or litter and moves one column to the right with each earlier generation, giving the registered names of the ancestors. Titles earned are shown on most pedigrees, and very often the pedigree will give additional information, such as the dogs’ colors, Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) ratings, and special honors.

Source:  Family Education,

Pros and Cons of a Pedigree Pet

Let us first clarify the terms here:
Pedigree: A pet that has formal papers that contains the complete details of his family tree, as far as 4-5 generations.

Cross-breed: These puppies are often created accidentally. They are the result of two recognized but different breeds mate.

Mongrel: They are the result of two unknown dog breeds mating. Often this lineage is difficult to predict in terms of character, traits and looks.



  • You will know what they will exactly look like when they grow up.
  • Behavioral and health problems are predictable.
  • Dog is fully vaccinated upon purchase.
  • A proper documentation of his family tree will be give to you.


  • It is too expensive.
  • Waiting period for availability.
  • Your pet is prone to being dog-napped.
  • Some breeds are prone to some health issues.



  • They look unique.
  • Often have good health.
  • Less expensive.
  • They are available most of the time from the rescue centers.
  • Pet insurance is cheaper.
  • Are less likely to be dog-napped.


  • May be cute when young but not when adults.
  • Can have behavioral issues.
  • Are not accepted in dog shows or other competitions.
  • May not be fully vaccinated.

A dog’s pedigree would give you an insight of his past. Thus, it is important that you check his dog pedigree carefully if you opt to go for the purebred. And in case you notice any mistake on his paper, then call your breeder instantly and discuss it. Do not in any way assume anything that is to be printed on your pet’s pedigree.  Facts like the title, names, registration numbers, etc., if you do not know then approach the correct people for reference.

Does your pekingese have a pedigree with him? Well, if you ask me a pedigree is not needed when all you want is a companion. A pedigree is only essential if you are a breeder or if you plan to enter him on major dog shows.  What do you think about this? Let us know what you have in mind.




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