McNab Puppies & Breed Information

McNab

Breed Characteristics


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Breed Information



Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized

Weight: 25-50 lbs

Height: 15-25 inches

Color(s): Red with white markings, black with white markings; may be tri-colored.

Overview

The McNab breed was developed in California by Scotsman Alexander McNab. They are highly prized for their versatility; forceful stockdog, protector, and avid hunting companion. The McNab is solely bred for function, not looks, and is relatively unheard of and rare.

Character

The most distinctive feature of the McNab are their "cat-like" feet which enables them to be extremely agile. This unique and medium-sized breed is athletic, well-built, and hard working.

Temperament

The McNab is well-mannered, loyal, and amiable. A devoted companion, this breed has a tendency to form a close attachment to one particular family member. They are highly suspicious of strangers and stray animals and are very protective of their family, property, and territory. They do well with children, dogs, cats, and other household pets they have been raised with.

Care

Regular brushing of the McNab is recommended to remove loose and dead hair. Bathing should be done when necessary. This breed has no known health issues.

Coat

The coat of the McNab is smooth and short; never long.

Training

Early socialization and obedience is recommended. The McNab is intelligent and eager to please. McNab's will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.

Activity

The McNab requires an inordinate amount of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They must have a job to do. This breed is not recommended for city or apartment living. The McNab will do best in a rural setting where there is ample room to work, roam, and run.

Ownership

Help reduce the number of dogs in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.


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Updated: 11/29/2014

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