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Monday, October 18, 2010

Keeping the Pedigrees Correct!

This is something that can be confusing for new breeders-

A pedigree is an official document. As such- IT SHOULD NOT BE ALTERED.

Exceptions are:
Adding an ear number if one is not on the pedigree.
Adding a name if one is not on the pedigree.
Adding a weight for the animal, if one is not on the pedigree.
Changing a color IF it turns out to be inaccurate.

That's pretty much it. You can not CHANGE an ear number. You can not CHANGE a prefix. The only time it is acceptable to put your prefix on an animal is if you bred the animal. Even if the animal is not pedigreed (such as a pet store rabbit), do not put your prefix on it- you didn't breed it.

If I name an animal Keep's Fluffylumpkins and you don't like the name, tough turkey. You can call him Frank, you can call him Joe, you can call him anything you want to. Pedigree wise, his name better stay Fluffylumpkins, because that is his official pedigreed name.

It's always best to just leave the pedigree alone. You don't want accusations that your pedigrees are falsified or contain false information- and that's exactly what it is when you start changing information. Plus, if you ever lose the pedigree and contact me wanting "Frank's" pedigree, you're not going to get it. In my records, he's still Fluffylumpkins. :)

Keep's Rabbitry


Gwen said...

Well said, but please don't name a rabbit Fluffylumpkins :P

Keep said...

hahaha I solemnly promise not to name one Fluffylumpkins :P