Professional Products for Conscientious Breeders
If you're a cat breeder, using a pedigree software product helps you keep track of breeding records and saves you a great deal of time by producing high quality pedigree papers, quickly.
Compared to the traditional method of hand writing pedigrees it has many other advantages too - you can calculate inbreeding easily, keep health records for your breeding stock, and so on. Gone are the days when it took hours to hand write pedigrees only to find you've made a mistake and have to start again.
As a breeder you care about the health and well-being of your breeding stock and you know its important to store and manage the information about your cats. You can keep it all together in one place - everything from the essentials like name, date of birth, parentage and breed, microchip data and so on. If there isn't space provided for something you want to enter that's no problem, you can just use your own user-defined fields. And from this information you can easily print those essential documents - pedigrees. It is even possible to help with decisions such as selecting prospective matings in order to minimize inbreeding, or to maximize the influence of key individuals in your breed.
Suitable For Every Breed
It doesn't matter which breed you love - be it Burmese, Siamese, British Shorthair, Devon Rex, or any of the other breeds. If you have multiple breeds that is fine too - you can have unlimited pedigree data files so you can keep each breed separate.
If you opt for the Professional Edition of Breeders Assistant it even understands the cat color genetics of many of the pedigree breeds, so it can predict the colors you can expect from a prospective mating, and even include that in a trial mating or a mating certificate1.
Building pedigrees by hand is a time consuming process as anyone who has done it will know. Frequently you find yourself copying out the same ancestors, often multiple times within the same certificate. Even if you've been doing it in longhand or with software such as Excel or Word to create a pedigree template or chart you face the same fundamental problem of having to continually repeat the same information.
Once you have entered the details of any particular cat once you don't have to do it again, no matter how many times it recurs as an ancestor of other cats. And if you need to change a cat's details - if for example it becomes a Champion, or you need to fix a spelling mistake - then by just changing those details in one place they automatically take effect whenever that cat appears elsewhere as an ancestor. It does this by understanding the links between cats and their parents and so constructs the certificate automatically, tracing the lines of ancestry from your database.
Safe and Secure
Tenset pedigree software stores your information privately on your own computer and does not require access to the internet. Your pedigree data is not shared on or uploaded online in any form whatsoever (unless you deliberatly opt to store your data online e.g. using some form of shared networked drive).
All you need do is make periodic backups of your data - which means simply copying your pedigree data file(s) to a safe place (such as a USB stick), in just the same way as you might backup any other document or file, or, with Breeders Assistant, using the inbuilt backup facility.
Take Pride in Your Pedigrees
This software prints beautiful pedigrees. Really beautiful. Not just simple tables - truly wonderful certificate grade results. The kind of pedigrees you will be proud to give to buyers of your kittens.
You can customize those pedigrees in many ways - for example to include a photo, have Champions in red, or to have 4, 5 or even 6 generations of ancestors, or display the inbreeding coefficient or have a watermark image background. You can even include special effects such as wonderful calligraphic text in the 'copperplate' pedigrees of Breeders Assistant.
Sometimes you want to produce other breeding paperwork, such as mating certificates1 if you have stud cats, or sale agreements. Breeders Assistant can produce these too and many more such as ancestor listings, descendant reports, etc. Both products will print cover sheets (for folded 'booklet' style pedigrees) and trial mating pedigrees.
Improve Your Breeding Decisions - Breed Better Cats
As a responsible breeder not only do you want to breed healthy kittens but you want to improve your breeding lines e.g. to improve their conformity to breed standards. Monitor the relationship between sire and dam, to understand how your cats are related through their pedigrees.
Calculate the inbreeding for any cat or prospective mating in your database using Wright's method. You can highlight ancestors in your pedigrees instantly e.g. with PedPro you can highlight repeat and common ancestors. With the Professional Edition of Breeders Assistant it is also possible to highlight inbred ancestors and create custom highlighting rules.
With the Extended Edition of Breeders Assistant it can rapidly rank thousands of prospective matings in various ways e.g. to minimize the inbreeding in the kittens that would result, or to maximize the influence of specific individuals (such as important sires within your breed), or to minimize the loss of genetic diversity e.g. by minimizing mean kinship.
No Recurring Fee For Use
You don't pay a recurring e.g. monthly fee to use this software. You buy a perpetual license to use the current release of the software at the time of purchase, and you can then use that release as long as you like (on a compatible system) without ever having to pay any more.
Register Your Cats
Remember that to register your cats and kittens in the traditional way you have to do that with a recognized, official, cat registry. Such as the GCCF in the UK, or the CFA or TICA in the US. And there are others too. To properly register your cat/kitten will involve paying a registration fee to the registry.
Breeders Assistant is the more comprehensive program as it can store additional data/records - such as show records - and as such tends to be the product of choice for serious breeders. If you just need to produce a pedigree quickly and not much more it is recommended that you consider PedPro first.