How does the IWDR Help Me?

What database features are included?


Many Data Types

Manage all your data using IWDR including:
  • Individual dog info, Pedigrees
  • Estrus & whelps
  • Attachments such as photos & PDFs
  • Diagnoses, genetic test results
  • Health care (vaccines, procedures, etc)
  • Behavioral & performance assessments, Career outcomes
  • Dog relationships with owners, adopters, clients, volunteers

Software as Service

  • IWDR’s cloud-based system resides in a commercial data center
  • Automatic daily backups stored multiple locations
  • Subscription based model with reasonable fees
  • Comprehensive support ticket system
  • User tutorials & training manual
  • Unlimited users in your group

Genetic Selection Tools

  • Enable genetic improvement in each generation
  • Coefficient of inbreeding (COI) for individuals and contribution within a pedigree
  • Mate selection – Test mating with COI, parent and ancestor data at your fingertips
  • Genetic risk measures (EBVs) to identify genetically superior dogs to breed
  • Breeder summaries of problems produced


  • Combined data makes Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) possible for all users
  • Options for custom views for breeding cooperatives & breed clubs to enhance collaboration
  • Your private data remains private (Terms of Service Agreement)
  • Through the back-end, data are combined to calculate EBVs

Summaries and Reports

  • Summarized data for health and behavior
  • Reports with powerful searches
  • Export your data
  • Reports printable or savable as PDFs

We have a wide variety of plan options to suit all users, from private breeders to large organizations.

About IWDR

What is the International Working Dog Registry?

The International Working Dog Registry (IWDR) is an online registry where dog owners can add, edit, and view electronically stored records on their dogs. 

  • Track ancestral records for as many generations as needed – the IWDR produces pedigrees and allows you to manage, track and measure your entire breeding colony.
  • If others in your community use the IWDR, they can share data records with you to assist in your breeding decisions.
  • Store both health and work performance information on individual dogs. These health and work performance measurements are known as phenotypes.

Why are phenotypes important?

  • Phenotypes (observable traits) allow you to make breeder selection decisions based off desired traits – traditional selection over the past few centuries using phenotypes shaped ancestral dogs into today’s modern breeds.
  • Today, we can measure the important aspects of health, behavior, and performance on each young dog and its relatives, including littermates, full- or half-siblings, parents, grandparents, and even more distant ancestors.
  • The IWDR allows breeders to record data on phenotype, and helps put these measurements into context to decide among alternative young dogs exactly which ones will be kept for breeding.

Estimated Breeding Values

  • Selection using EBVs is more advanced. The same phenotype measurements for aspects of health, behavior and performance are combined in a second step that includes pedigree relationships.
  • The numeric value produced by this second step estimates each dog’s relative genetic worth as a breeder for a particular trait or characteristic.
  • These estimates are known as estimated breeding values (EBVs), and they are the most accurate way known to describe genetic potential of each young dog as a possible breeder. The key to producing accurate EBVs is to begin the process with accurately recorded pedigree relationships and accurately measured phenotypes on most dogs in a population.

Find out more about how the IWDR helps you use Estimated Breeding Values to get the most out of your breeding decisions here.

over 90,000
Dogs in the IWDR Database
500 +
User accounts registered with the IWDR

IWDR is open for use by organizations, breed clubs or individuals that breed working dogs. We offer services for military, law enforcement, guide, search and rescue, assistance, scent detection, sporting and performance, breed registries and clubs, private breeders, and anyone else who wishes to better the genetic health and performance outcomes of their working dog breeding program.