McNab Dogs

Warm and even-tempered, the McNab differs from other herding breeds that might act a little skittish sometimes. It is a friendly and tolerant member of any household, getting along with everyone in the family, including children and other pets.


McNab Pictures

  • McNab dog named Buck
  • McNab dog named Bella
  • McNab dog named Josh
  • McNab dog named Harley
  • McNab dog named Maverick
  • McNab dog named Sundance
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Quick Facts

  • 25 - 50 pounds
  • 15 - 25 inches

Ideal Human Companions

    • Farmers & ranchers
    • Active singles
    • Outdoorsy types
    • Families

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Trademark Traits

    • Agile
    • Fast
    • Calm
    • Protective
    • Great work ethic
    • Friendly

What They Are Like to Live With

The McNab is not only hardworking and dependable, it’s also very protective. With attuned senses and a keen intelligence, it has a watchful but restrained way when meeting strangers. Overall, the McNab is a handy helper with a heart of gold.

Things You Should Know

The McNab can live as long as 15 years with relatively few genetic health issues. Grooming does not take too much work: Just brush the McNab’s coat regularly and bathe when necessary.

Probably not the best apartment dog, the McNab was bred to run, roam and work. If you don’t happen to live in a wide-open space, take the McNab for long walks every day. They also appreciate having a protected field—with a lake or river, if possible—to run around in.

McNab History

It is said that Alexander McNab, a rancher who relocated to California from Scotland in the mid-19th century, developed the McNab by crossing his Scottish-born Border Collie with various shepherd dogs. They were, and always have been, exemplary herders.

The Look of a McNab

The McNab is an athletic, small or medium-sized dog with a short, black coat that usually has white markings on the muzzle, chest, feet and tip of the tail. Its distinctive, triangular ears are either pricked or flop over. Its tail can be naturally bobbed or long. The McNab is also distinguished by its cat-like feet.

Talk About McNabs 

A great working dog who also loves people

Our Border Collie/McNab cross is a great working dog who loves people. When he stares at you, you cannot help but do what ever he wants you to do.

We live in town, but have a large fenced yard and 160 acres with horses and cattle and he really loves the opportunity to get the cattle to move.

He is a great dog for the house, as he is small enough to get by you in the door without knocking you over.

If you are thinking about getting one, think about the room for the dog to run in. If you live in a city and do not have the time for the dog, get a parakeet. This breed is very smart and learns faster than my kids do.

~Dr. Larry M., owner of a Border Collie/McNab