About Step In and Whether ESCR is an Open Registry

December 21, 2019

This commentary is reprinted with permission from the original author.

All registries have an initial open/founding stage of development, where pedigrees are collected from outside of the registry. This is true for AKC[1] as much as for ESCR[2]. In AKC, this first stage used to be called the "Foundation Stock Service", I believe, not sure what they call it now. There is no way for a newly launched registry (like ESCR) to be closed... the registry has to build a foundation of pedigree data before it can draw a boundary and proclaim that all future registered dogs must be descended from ancestors recorded in their stud book.

By contrast, "Closed" registries require that the parents of applicants for registration already be registered themselves.

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