Breeding database - a unique information source about dogs

Jukka Pätynen

The Finnish Kennel Club breeding database contains information about the health, trial and show results of dogs that are registered in Finland. The database is a unique repository of information – it can be browsed freely and the system also enables diverse searches of dog-related data.

Getting results each year
60,000 - 80,000 health screening results
200,000 trial, working or mental test results
200,000 show results

The breeding database contains data both on individual dogs as well as breed-specific health and breeding information.

An individual dog's own page allows you to examine its pedigree, inbreeding coefficient, health examination, dog show and trial results, estimated breeding values (EBV) as well as information on its siblings and possible offspring. You can compare how the inbreeding coefficient changes when it is calculated from different numbers of generation. You can also see the date and cause of death of deceased dogs if the owner has submitted this information to the breeding database.

An individual dog's own page also displays its offspring and statistics on the official health examinations of these descendants. You can personalise the preferences to define what information you want displayed on the listings and pedigrees of each breed. Set these preferences through the toolbar on the top of the page: Other breed-related: Settings.

Breed-specific statistics on health, temperament and trials

Breed-specific statistics compile information on the health and breeding as well as show and trial results of each breed. You can view annual statistics for the period of your choosing starting from 1988, enabling you to examine, for example, if breeding efforts have been successful, i.e. whether the share of healthy dogs has increased over the years.

The health statistics include all the examination results officially recorded for the breed as well as the cause of death statistic. Breeding statistics display the breed's annual registration numbers, litter sizes, numbers and average ages of 

dams and sires, as well as figures describing the state of the gene pools and genetic diversity of the breeds. The breeding statistic can also be used to list the most popular breeding dogs with their offspring amounts and offspring statistics. The offspring statistics will tell you, among other things, the share of a dog's offspring that has been examined as well as how many of the examined offspring were healthy. 

The result statistics list details on temperament tests as well as MH temperament assessments, various dog trials and agility events.

In addition to the ready-set statistics, you can utilise a broader search function, which allows you to set different criteria related to factors such as date of birth, sex, offspring amount, health examinations, trial results and EBVs.

The breeding database is internationally unique

The openness and broadness of the Finnish Kennel Club's breeding database makes it unique on the international level. The other Nordic countries also record dog information in extensive databases, but only Finland and Sweden have made their databases open for browsing by the general public. The Finnish Kennel Club breeding database also compiles data into statistics that are as useful and descriptive as possible, providing a wealth of information on the genetic diversity and health of different breeds.