A Question of Generations - A visual explanation of the generations, starting with an original import, otherwise known as Gen 0.

Below are what 3 generation pedigrees, in their most simplistic forms, will look like for each generation from Gen 0 through Gen 3. Unknown can be either completely unknown or known by the breeder in country of origin, but not registered with a recognized registry.


Generation 0 - an original import from country of origin without an accepted registry.

      Unknown
    Unknown  
      Unknown
  Unknown    
      Unknown
    Unknown  
      Unknown
Gen 0 Hound      
      Unknown
    Unknown  
      Unknown
  Unknown    
      Unknown
    Unknown  
      Unknown

Generation 1 - the product of two Gen 0 hounds

      Unknown
    Unknown  
      Unknown
  Gen 0 Hound    
      Unknown
    Unknown  
      Unknown
Gen 1 Hound      
      Unknown
    Unknown  
      Unknown
  Gen 0 Hound    
      Unknown
    Unknown  
      Unknown

Generation 2 - the product of two Gen 1 hounds

      Unknown
    Gen 0 Hound  
      Unknown
  Gen 1 Hound    
      Unknown
    Gen 0 Hound  
      Unknown
Gen 2 Hound      
      Unknown
    Gen 0 Hound  
      Unknown
  Gen 1 Hound    
      Unknown
    Gen 0 Hound  
      Unknown

Generation 3 - the product of two Gen 2 hounds. This Generation has a "complete" three generation pedigree and is eligible for AKC registration after it receives it CRN.

      Gen 0 Hound
    Gen 1 Hound  
      Gen 0 Hound
  Gen 2 Hound    
      Gen 0 Hound
    Gen 1 Hound  
      Gen 0 Hound
Gen 3 Hound      
      Gen 0 Hound
    Gen 1 Hound  
      Gen 0 Hound
  Gen 2 Hound    
      Gen 0 Hound
    Gen 1 Hound  
      Gen 0 Hound

As mentioned, that is the most simplistic view, with the assumption that each breeding is going to be between two hounds of the same generation. That is not always the case.

The lowest generational number will always determine what generation the get will be. For example, if a Gen 0 hound is bred to an AKC registered hound, a Gen 1, or a Gen 2 the get will be Gen 1.
      Unknown
    Unknown  
      Unknown
  Gen 0 Hound    
      Unknown
    Unknown  
      Unknown
Gen 1 Hound      
      AKC Reg.
    AKC Reg.  
      AKC Reg.
  AKC Reg.    
      AKC Reg.
    AKC Reg.  
      AKC Reg.


Likewise, if a Gen 1 hound is bred to a Gen 2 or AKC registered hound, the get will be Gen 2.
      Unknown
    Gen 0 Hound  
      Unknown
  Gen 1 Hound    
      Unknown
    Gen 0 Hound  
      Unknown
Gen 2 Hound      
      Gen 0 Hound
    Gen 1 Hound  
      Gen 0 Hound
  Gen 2 Hound    
      Gen 0 Hound
    Gen 1 Hound  
      Gen 0 Hound


A complete three generation pedigree is one in which there are no Unknowns in the slots for parents, grandparents or great-grandparents. Such a pedigree is the result of a breeding between a Gen 2 and another Gen 2, a Gen 3, or an AKC registered hound. Just as with the other Gen 3 pedigree example above, this is a pedigree that is acceptable to the AKC.
      Gen 1 Hound
    Gen 2 Hound  
      Gen 1 Hound
  AKC Reg. (Gen 3 Hound)    
      Gen 1 Hound
    Gen 2 Hound  
      Gen 1 Hound
Gen 3 Hound      
      Gen 0 Hound
    Gen 1 Hound  
      Gen 0 Hound
  Gen 2 Hound    
      Gen 0 Hound
    Gen 1 Hound  
      Gen 0 Hound

Yes, it can be confusing, but it really does start to make sense after you are around the concepts for awhile.

       

 

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