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.
Our Current Registration Status
At this time, the McNab Shepherd Registry is offering “limited registration” to the McNab Shepherd owners who have puppies/dogs from the signature lines which were used to create the McNab Shepherd DNA profile. The reason for this delay is that the “McNab Shepherd specific” test kits are not ready for release yet. We have been given a 6 to 7-month release date.
We chose to proceed with the Registry at this time to give us the opportunity to “Pre-Register” those who do qualify and allow us ample time to make adjustments as needed before opening this up to everyone.
We will publish a listing at a future date of those who participated in the signature profiling process. This is pending legal requirements to have permission and/or release of these documents. Please note that this may take up to 6 to 8 weeks.
Keep checking in with us as we will be releasing updated information as we progress. If you are registering your McNab, please remember that registration of your dog will be completed once DNA is confirmed and MSR Board signs off on the approval.
This is an exciting time for the registry and we hope you will join us. If you are already a member, we thank you for your participation. If you are not a member, please consider joining us in protecting and celebrating this extraordinary breed.