DAD-IS is the acronym of the worldwide Domestic Animal Diversity Information System of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, within the FAO's management of animal genetic resources programme. It includes a searchable database of information about breeds, the Global Databank for Animal Genetic Resources; it also holds tools for management, and contacts for the National and Regional Coordinators for the programme. Data from the Global Databank is used for reporting on the global status and trends of animal genetic resources.
Breeds in the Global Databank
The total number of mammalian national breed populations recorded in DAD-IS in February 2016 was 11 116, and the total number of avian national breed populations was 3 799. These national breed populations represent a global total of 8 822 breeds, which includes 643 breeds (7%) that are reported to be extinct. 7 761 of these breeds are local breeds (only found in one region) and 1 061 are transboundary breeds, meaning they are found in more than one region.
17%, or a total of 1 500 out of all breeds (including those that are extinct) are classified as being at risk and 58% are classified as being of unknown risk status. These risk statuses have remained the same since 2014.
Number of Livestock Species and Breeds used for Food and Agriculture Worldwide
|Breed||Africa||Asia and Pacific||Europe||Latin America
and the Caribbean
|Near and Middle
|North America||Southwest Pacific||International Transboundary||World|
|Duck (domestic)/ Muscovy duck||5||9||6||1||1||0||2||1||25|
|Total Breeds per Region:||867||1849||3648||623||241||158||198||549||8133|
Figure 1: Total Number of Livestock Breeds by region. Local and regional transboundary breeds are combined and international transboundary breeds are ones that are found in more than 1 country. Note : Figures exclude extinct breeds. Figures for Alpaca, American bison, deer, dog, dromedary × Bactrian camel, guanaco, llama, vicuña, cassowary, Chilean tinamou, duck × Muscovy duck, emu, guinea fowl, ñandu, peacock, quail and swallow are combined in the “others” category. Source: FAO 2016 Status of Animal Genetic Resources-2016. http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/c40d538b-4765-445d-ba3c-c06eaaa49f4a/
For the full list of horse breeds in the database, see List of horse breeds in DAD-IS.
- Domestic Animal Diversity Information System (DADIS)- About. Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. http://www.fao.org/dadis/
- 2016. FAO. Status of Animal Genetic Resources. http://www.fao.org/documents/card/en/c/c40d538b-4765-445d-ba3c-c06eaaa49f4a/