ICAA defines Purebred as an individual horse with eight generations of like ancestors without any outcrossing to another breed.
Therefore, the Appaloosa Purebred is emerging, but does not yet exist.
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ICAA uses the full-generation concept of eight generations with no out-crossing to produce a true purebred Appaloosa, following the generally accepted genealogy method for generation identification.
It is the ICAA Appaloosa breeder's responsibility to choose quality Appaloosa stallions and mares that complement each other, and to eventually produce offspring of Appaloosas eight generations deep and deeper, with each new generation being better all-around than either parent.
For more information on the required characteristics and traits, and on traits that will make a horse ineligible for registration with ICAA, please go to our Registration pages (where you will find a dropdown to Registry Classifications, Requirements (linked below), Ineligible, Genetic Testing, What to Submit, Calculating Rank/Classification, Characteristics, and Photo Do's and Don'ts).