CDHPR Welcomes The Miniature American Shepherd

The Canine Developmental Health and Performance Registry welcomes the Miniature American Shepherd as a recognized breed. The Miniature American Shepherd traces back to the Basque regions of the Pyrenees Mountains where these dogs were used to herd sheep. Unfortunately, the Basque Shepherds did not have a written language, so the exact origin of the breed cannot be traced through records.

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United Kennel Club Announces the Recognition of the Olde English Bulldogge
Kalamazoo, MI. April 12, 2013.

The United Kennel Club welcomes the Olde English Bulldogge to its list of recognized breeds, effective January 1, 2014. The breed will be in the Guardian Dog Group. The breed was originally accepted into the Canine Developmental, Health and Performance Registry approximately five years ago, and recently fulfilled the requirements for full UKC recognition...

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The CDHPR is a privately held endeavor that brings together the work of dog owners, breeders, geneticists, veterinarians and private researchers to develop breeding strategies for the improvement of health and performance in purebred dogs. The CDHPR has secured a unique agreement with United Kennel Club, Inc., so that CDHPR Breeding Plans may yield dogs that could be considered eligible for enrollment into UKC registration and receive acceptance into the purebred dog community.

Mission Statement

The mission of the CDHPR is to improve the health and performance of purebred dog breeds by helping serious breeders conduct carefully planned crosses between dogs from different purebred breeds to introduce healthy genes and/or better performance traits into a given breed's gene pool.

The CDHPR was created in response to increasing concern among purebred dog enthusiasts, owners and lovers that common breeding practices are producing serious health problems that are threatening the future of some purebred breeds and the sport of purebred dogs.


Throughout history, the mating of undomesticated dogs followed the law of natural selection and survival of the fittest. The development of domesticated and purebred dogs has restricted the laws of nature and replaced natural selection with human intervention. By limiting the inclusion of new genes into a given breed's genetic makeup, today's dogs have specific purebred characteristics but are less genetically diverse.

In not allowing the laws of nature to guide the development of each new generation, genetically similar dogs become weakened by the lack of protection and defense that a diverse genetic framework provides.

The CDHPR is an effort to bring the laws of nature back into the breeding strategies to improve and strengthen the overall health and performance of subsequent generations of purebred dogs.

The CDHPR brings together the work of veterinarians, geneticists and researchers to assist breeders in identifying health concerns that plague established purebred breeds and develop plans to introduce new members into the breeding pool. CDHPR Breeding Plans are based on eliminating specific health concerns within a given breed and then, after several subsequent breedings, reintroducing healthy specimens of the breed back into the general purebred community.

Dogs reintroduced into the general breeding pool will be purebred; however, more importantly they will be healthy purebred dogs that will benefit the future of their breed.