Facts About the McNab Dog Breed

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

Dogster HQ  |  Aug 10th 2018


Proud parent of a McNab who’s looking to learn more or thinking about getting a McNab dog? Learn the facts about this breed here:

Quick Facts About the McNab Dog Breed:

A McNab dog.

A McNab dog.

  • Weight: 25 – 50 pounds
  • Height: 15 – 25 inches

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. His distinctive, triangular ears are either pricked or flop over. The McNab’s tail can be naturally bobbed or long. A McNab dog is also distinguished by his cat-like feet.

McNab Dog Traits:

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

Who Gets Along With McNabs?

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

 What Is a McNab Dog Like to Live With?

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

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

Things You Should Know About the McNab Dog

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. He also appreciates 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.

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