Importing - From Breeders Assistant

PedPal supports import of pedigree data from Breeders Assistant.

If you have previously stored your pedigrees using Breeders Assistant (BA) on a Windows PC, but have now switched to using a Mac, all you need to do to load your pedigree data into PedPal on the Mac is to copy your BA data file from the Windows PC to your Mac, then import it into PedPal. It does not matter that the original data file was created under Windows.

Please note that PedPal is not intended to be a drop-in replacement to Pedigree Assistant. Some data is not transferred. Please refer to the 'Limitations' section at the end of this page for further details.

How To Import

  1. Open PedPal.
  2. Choose File|Import From Breeders Assistant, then select your old pedigree data file. If you are unsure what your old data file is called or where to find it, refer to the next section for some hints on how to find it.
  3. Once you have selected your input file, PedPal will inspect the file and its contents. If your source data file is large, this may take up to a minute or so. Please be patient!
  4. PedPal will then display a window in which you can select the fields you want to import from your old BA data file. It is important at this stage to check carefully that the correct fields are selected. PedPal will automatically select any fields in which data has been found in your old file so you may find you don't need to make any changes here. It will also correctly import any of the 'user defined' fields from BA including their field names.
  5. Click OK. The file will be imported. If your source data file is large, this may take up to a minute or so. Please be patient!
  6. Your data is displayed in PedPal.
  7. Use File|Save As to save the data as a PedPal data file.
  8. This last step is optional but recommended: select File|Settings and then adjust (i) the User Fields and (ii) the Details Window Layout tabs. This lets you control the names of the fields, their layout within the Record Details window and the order in which fields appear in pedigrees. For further information see Customization.

How To Find Your Old Breeders Assistant Data File

This advice is intended to help you locate your pedigree data as stored by Breeders Assistant.

In normal use Breeders Assistant stores all your pedigrees in a single data file. Generally you would only have multiple data files if you have multiple breeds or some other reason to keep records for one group of animals separate to another.

The filename and folder where this data file is stored will have been chosen by you when you first used BA. If you still have access to the installed BA software you can find the filename and location by opening the program and selecting 'Database Properties' from the Database menu. This displays information about the open data file, including the full filename. This is the file you need to import into PedPal.

Failing that, you can search the computer where you had BA installed. The filename extension you need to search for depends on which version of BA you had - please refer to the table below. One way you can search for the file is with Windows Explorer: click the Windows 'Start' button, select All Programs, then Accessories, choose Windows Explorer, then use the search box to search your whole computer for files matching the search pattern below.

Product Search For
Breeders Assistant for Cats *.cdb
Breeders Assistant for Dogs *.ddb
Breeders Assistant for Birds *.bdb
Breeders Assistant (Generic) *.adf
Breeders Assistant for Cavies *.vdb
Breeders Assistant for Horses *.hdb
Breeders Assistant for Rabbits *.rdb
Breeders Assistant for Rats *.rdf


When you are importing data from Breeders Assistant please note that it does not transfer all your data. That is because Breeders Assistant has a number of features that are not present in PedPal. It does, however, transfer virtually all the data you are are most likely to have used in your pedigrees.

The following data from Breeders Assistant will not be transferred: contact records (apart from names of breeders/owners), show records, mating records, trial mating records, accounts, appointments, vet records and vaccination records.

Within the animal records, the following rarely used fields will not be transferred: blood type, additional title highlight style, breed genotype, coat color genotype, coat pattern genotype, disease genotype, eye color genotype, gestation period, 'missing' ancestor name, title highlight style, vaccination summary, additional photos (2-4; the main photo filename is transferred), the 'is non-standard breed' flag, the 'ears cropped' flag & date, inbreeding lock, inclusion in registration documents flag, the 'sex proven' flag, the 'tail docked' flag & date, and the mate name (BA/Birds only).

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