Dog Profile Overview
To open a dog profile, select a dog name from the Dog Database.
Dog Profiles consist of these five pages:
- Basic Information
- Titles and Records
- Profile Page
- Pedigree & Relationships
These pages are accessed via the Dog Profile Management Menu pictured below:
The information on each of these pages is available below.
When you open your dog’s profile, you will see the basic information profile tab.
Most of the fields are self-explanitory. Here is some information on ones that you might need help with:
- Sire and Dam: In order to enter the dog’s sire and dam name, the sire and dam must first be entered into the database. Only then can you assign the sire and dam names to the dog. This allows Power Breeder to learn the dogs and establish relationships between them. It’s a *little* bit more work at up front adding them into the database, but once you see the pedigrees start filling themselves out, it will be worth it.
- The Owner, Colors, and Tail Type fields will be filled in using the default information you entered in earlier (on the information page). You can override the defaults here and type in alternate information, if needed.
- The Dog Summery Description is the dog profile page description used by search engines. It’s important for Search Engine Optimization.
- Personal notes is just internal notes about the dog. It’s not visible on your site.
- At the bottom left is the Photo Gallery options (view). You can attach an existing gallery, or most likely, create a new gallery for the dog.
Any time you have pictures for a dog that you will be uploading, you need to create a gallery for the dog. The gallery attached to a dog will automatically be shown on his profile page. Also, the first picture in the attached gallery will be the dog’s primary photo. The primary photo is the photo that will be shown on dog lists, next to the dog’s name and titles, and on any pedigress the dog is listed on. If you want to change the primary picture, just click & drag a new picture into the first slot of the gallery attached to the dog. See the screenshot below.
Titles and Records
Click the next page on the Manage Dog Profile menu, Titles and Records. Here you can enter in any titles, wins, certifications and other records you want displayed on your dog.
The individual records are entered in at the “Add New Record” box. New records are placed in the “Draft Records” container. From here you can drag them into 3 different groups: Pre-Title (Before the name), Post-Title (After the Name), and Registration&Other Records.
Each of those three groups are seperated into two containers: Vertical and Horizontal. This allows you to stack the titles or record vertically or to list them side-by-side horizontally. Click the two screenshots to the right to see how the titles and records look like on the backend and on the front end.
The order of the horizontal and vertical continers can be swapped with a simple drag&drop, if needed.
Managing the individual records is simple. Just click the edit button to the left of the title or record to edit it. The indivial records can also be linked to a page or image. For instance, your could link a show win to an image of the win with the judge or your blog post about the show, or you could link an AKC registration number to an image of the AKC certificate. Or you could link a lesser known title to a page that defines what the title means.
To change the order of the titles, or to move a title to a different container, just drag&drop it in the desired location. To delete a record, click the “x” to the right of it.
The order and position of the titles and records are saved as you go so there is no save button on this page.
The dog profile page is the same as the regular page. It uses the same word editor. Just enter in a description of the dog, his qualification, etc. The page can be as long or short as you want it. Remember, Google likes to see original, informative, well-written text content on a site.
Click “save” when you are finished editing the page.
Power Breeder makes pedigree creation as painless as possible and it automatically maintains the pedigrees. Whenever a new primary image or title is added to a dog, any pedigrees the dog is listed on will be updated with the new information. If your primary stud dog gets a new title, you just have to update the title once on the titles page. No more tracking down each reference to the stud on your site pages and pedigrees!
Click the Pedigree & Relationships page on the manage dog profile menu.
There are two sections on the page. The first is Relationships. Power Breeder will automatically track the relationships found in the database. If this dog is listed as the sire or dam in a litter, the puppies from that litter will be entered in Offspring category. If another dog has the same sire and dam, it will be listed as a sibling. It also searches for half-siblings and littermates. The littermates relationship information is covered in the breeding section of this guide.
The second section is the Pedigree builder. Remember how all the dog’s need to be entered into the database? Same is true here. Before a dog can be added into a pedigree, it must first be entered into the database. So open the dog database and enter all the dogs in. If there is already a pedigree on the internet that you can copy and paste the names from, that would be the quickest way to get the dogs into the database.
Once the dogs are in the database, open the pedigree back up. Start with the sire and dam and work your way right. Just start typing in a part of the dog’s name and select it when you see it. When you select the dog, it’s parent’s slots open up on the pedigree. Once you have made a few pedigrees, you will find that you can create a pedigree in about 5 minutes. The pedigree is saved as you go along, so there is no save button.
If any of the dogs have titles and pictures that you want shown on the pedigree, you can enter them by opening their profile page and adding the image(s) and title(s), same as any other dog. If the dog is only going to be shown on a pedigree, then entering each title individually would be overkill. Feel free to copy and paste all the pre-titles as a single record. Same for post-titles. See the screenshots below for an example of grouping the titles and how it looks on a pedigree.
Copy and Paste (or type) the titles in as one record. This dog has both pre and post titles so I made two records total:
Position the two records before and after the name:
This is what it looks like on the live pedigree:
The last page on the dog profile management menu is the Other page. Here you can see where on the site the dog is shown. If you accidently create a duplicate dog (due to a name mispelling or variation), you can check here to make sure you are deleting the dog that’s not being used.
Deleting a dog is also done here. If you delete a dog that was listed on a pedigree, the pedigree will be blanked out where the dog and it’s liniage were displayed. The same goes for breedings or anywhere else the dog was shown. So delete carefully!
Whenever you delete a dog out of Power Breeder, it’s gone forever. There is no dog recycle bin.