Dog Breeders Glossary

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Show quality

A show quality dog is one who breeders deem worth to breed from as they match breed standards.


Your dog’s sibling is one who has the same parent’s as your dog. A half-sibling is a dog that has one parent shared.


Your dog’s father is known as a sire. This term is regularly used when discussing hierarchical trees.


A stud is a male dog who is sexually mature and viable.

Stud book

In dog breeding, a studbook is a collection of breeding males available for hire. You can pay for a mating between your bitch and a stud in the book, or for a sample of the stud’s sperm.