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What features does the IWDR have?

IWDR is a large database that has been developed over time to meet the needs of working dog organizations around the world. You may not have use for all the available features, but this list is to give you an idea of the potential and how our specialised database may assist your breeding program.

Add and edit basic Information about each dog:

  • Name, date of birth, relatives, breeder, color, breed (including cross breeds), sex, current owner, microchip details, date of death, photos
  • Pedigrees are relational (connected together by combining datasets across the world) – each dog has a unique identifier, so a common stud can be accurately referenced and his progeny listed and searched
  • Dog status and status history
  • Kennel club registrations

Organize and store health tests and information:

  • Diagnoses for diseases or health issues
  • Health clearances and genetic test results, including normal/carry/affected, with dates, comments, certification numbers.
  • Vaccine details and vaccine reminders
  • Veterinary procedures and treatments (including surgeries and consults), with dates, who performed the procedure
  • Diets, weight


  • Estrus data, including dates previous/expected and details of tests, insemination’s, etc
  • Multi-sire litter capability
  • Whelping data and details
  • Breeding selection tools using comparison lists, test matings, and Estimated Breeding Values (where enough data on a breed is available)


  • Behavior Checklists
  • Notekeeping functionality
  • Withdrawal/retirement reasons (including a wide range of both health and behavior descriptors)
  • Relationships and other private information is visible only to yourself / your organization.
  • Keep records on who your puppy owners or raisers are, including with whom working dogs have been placed.
  • Working dog organizations or breed clubs can combine their data and function as a data cooperative, allowing those within the group to see info on others’ dogs for test matings and to promote genetic diversity and improvement within the group.
  • Search for dogs throughout the database with the ability to see basic information. “Share requests” enable organizations or breeders to share more specific data (e.g. health and behavior information) with requesting individuals.
  • Compare various qualities about your breeding dogs to select appropriate mates based on desired traits, health/behavior test results, or inbreeding percentages.
  • Perform test matings to compare a variety of mates and potential outcomes.
  • Estimated Breeding Values, available for breeds with larger data sets or multiple collaborating members, provide additional guidance to your breeding decisions. We have a whole section of our Knowledgebase dedicated to EBV’s.
  • Quickly and easily see various information about your breeding program, such as active studs/broods.
  • See genetic improvement over time with a variety of graphing tools.

Through articles, webinars/seminar recordings, interactive learning programs and tutorial guides, learn about:

    • How to use various aspects of the database
    • Genetic selection and inbreeding
    • Reproduction techniques and frozen semen
    • Assessing behavior
    • Early puppy socialization
    • And much more – just search our knowledgebase to get started.
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