The McNab Shepherd enthusiasts and breeders who founded the Registry share a common goal; to preserve the genetic markers of the McNab Shepherd. By doing this, future dog owners can share in the same special experience of living with a McNab.
Without the adherence to genetic standards, the McNab Shepherd may fall victim to the fate that has befallen many dog breeds. Most notably, the McNab could become overbred without concern for quality or the dog’s welfare. Even worse, they could be bred for breed “type” to the extent that they’ll be inbred, line-bred and ultimately changed.
What is a Breed Registry?
A breed registry, also known as a herdbook, studbook or register, is an official list of animals within a specific breed whose parents are known. Animals are typically registered by their breeders at birth or when they are still young. For dogs, there are different types of registries; some that are for all breeds and some that are exclusive to one breed, like the McNab Shepherd Registry.