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Breed Group: Not AKC Recognized
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The coat of the McNab is smooth and short; never long.
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.
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.
25-50 lbs
15-25 inches
Red with white markings, black with white markings; may be tri-colored.
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Expected Budget: Buying vs. Owning in 2022

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How much do McNab puppies cost?

The cost to buy a McNab varies greatly and depends on many factors such as the breeders' location, reputation, litter size, lineage of the puppy, breed popularity (supply and demand), training, socialization efforts, breed lines and much more. Review how much McNab puppies for sale sell for below.

The current median price for all McNabs sold is $675.00. This is the price you can expect to budget for a McNab with papers but without breeding rights nor show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, we do not recommend buying a puppy without papers.

Looking for a dog with a superior lineage? Are you trying to determine how much a puppy with breeding rights and papers would cost? You should expect to pay a premium for a puppy with breeding rights or even for a puppy advertised as show quality with papers. You should budget anywhere from $1,700 upwards to $4,500 or even more for a McNab with top breed lines and a superior pedigree. The average cost for all McNabs sold is $600.

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What can I expect to pay for a puppy?

Median Price: $675.00
Average Price: $600.00
Top Quality: $1,700.00 to $4,500.00

*Data sourced from the sale of 131 McNab puppies across the United States on

Annual cost of owning a McNab puppy

Before buying a puppy it is important to understand the associated costs of owning a dog. The annual cost or "upkeep" is often overlooked when determining a McNabs true ownership cost. When calculating your budget make sure you account for the price of food, vaccines, heartworm, deworming, flea control, vet bills, spay/neuter fees, grooming, dental care, food, training and supplies such as a collar, leash, crate, bed, bowls, bones, and toys. All of these items can add up quickly so make sure you estimate anywhere from $500 - $2,000 or more for the first year then about $500 - $1,000 or more every year thereafter to meet the annual financial obligations of your growing, loving dog.

Most Popular McNab Names for 2022

We've compiled the top 20 male and female names for 2017 after analyzing the sale of 131 McNab dogs.
  • 1. Big Brown
  • 2. Kory
  • 3. "Angus"
  • 4. Sweetness
  • 5. Stretch
  • 6. Sleepy
  • 7. Rudy
  • 8. Red Tri
  • 9. Rebel
  • 10. Pup
  • 11. Nicky
  • 12. Maya
  • 13. King
  • 14. Jet
  • 15. Jessie
  • 16. Fly
  • 17. Comet
  • 18. Cody
  • 19. Coda
  • 20. Chip

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Member Since: April 2017
Location: Portland, Oregon
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Breeding working stockdogs with sound comformation, athleticism, social tempermants. Versatile stockdogs for herding, competitive sports, scent detection, agility and ACTIVE companion homes. etc. Family raised on my farm. Two year health guarantee, microchipped. Approved homes only. Thank you!

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Anonymous asked:
How do you know if they are a Mcnab or not? I adopted what I thought was a lab mix with 1 eye white and 1 eye brown. She looks Lab but found out from the Shelter her Mother was a Border Collie they are not sure of the Father.

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The only way to ensure what breed or breeds your dog is, is to take a DNA test. Dog DNA tests can be purchased online or through a vet. All it takes is a swab of your dogs cheek. Make sure that the breeds you are looking for are in that particular DNA tests database. Some databases will not have all breeds available and will come back as unknown if they do not have that particular breed in their database.

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I adopted a puppy from the Tulare Pound (an area where I have learned McNabs could come from). Many knowledgeable people think she is a McNab so I had a Wisdom Panel DNA test run on her only to find out that they do NOT have a specific genetic code for a McNab. I wondered if anyone has ever tested a McNab that I could compare my results with? Thank you for any response.



If you are having trouble finding out what breed of dog you might have, it is best to purchase a DNA test that has the McNab breed in their registry. If you can't find one, then contact a local breeder and ask to have both a DNA test done on one of their purebred dogs and then on your puppy and see if it is a match.


When was yours done? I just had my cattle dog mix dna test come back and it said she was 1% McNab. It was also wisdom panel....

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Are McNab dogs good for hunting?

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My McNab/Aussie mix is the best hunting dog I've ever had. From day one, he knew exactly what to do. They hunt by line of sight, so he keeps one eye on me and one for the game. We've been hunting together for 13 years now. Bear, deer and (his personal favorite) squirrels.

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Are McNabs good house dogs, not a worker dog? If not, what is? And preferably a medium sized dog.

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As long as you are an active person. McNabs need their work or exercise, but then chill right down when they are done. They know when work or exercise is done and are smart enough to know the difference.

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I'm interested in the McNab breed. We have had Austrain Shepherds all our lives, but now after six years without dogs we are ready for a new companion/pet dog. Should McNabs have long tails or are they commonly docked? I've seen them both ways and wonder which is correct.



True McNabs are born with both long tails and naturally bobbed where they will have a few vertebrate at the tailhead. Sometimes you don't get a choice, but preferentially some ranchers like the tail as dogs communicate with their tail. Others because of the danger of doing close-up work with cattle where a tail can get stepped on prefer a docked or naturally bobbed tail. More importantly would be finding the pup that is well-socialized, raised on proper nutrition and also while in the womb. Purchasing a pup with solid genetics and a good hybrid vigor really matter when it comes to the life of your dog. Remember you are investing in a companion that you will hopefully have on average a life of 14-15 years.


Tail? Yes, please...always. It helps with balance and in communication for both pack members and you...the Alpha of the pack.


McNabs also make fantastic hearing & other Medical Service Dogs with the tails left long, Highly intelligent, they use all of their faculties for communication. They anticipate humans needs, adapt to changing needs, but definitely choose their Soul-Mate human. I'm looking for a B&W female pup now, to replace (physically) my late 14 yr old hearing dog, Sebastian was rarely ill, surviving Scorpion stings, Snake bites & oleander, his Veterinarian thought he was 2 when he was age 9 at the time of his death. His heart, lungs, liver & kidneys were ALL still those of a pup! Alas, he had a massive brain tumor that metastasized quickly, or I'd never have had to put him to sleep. McNabs are worth every penny & a heck of a lot more than most humans! :)


I had a rescue McNab from a Clearlake CA shelter for 16 years. Daisy was in the shelter for four weeks and could have been put down earlier. She was just too sweet and they knew someone would adopt her. We adopted her while doing a story on Second Chance Rescue. Great Organization. She became the face of adoption on our station for years. The first time she appeared on tv to promote the show, the station had 500 calls from people looking to adopt a dog. She was an incredible ambassador! Daisy lived in our home with a rescue lab mix and three cats. I can’t tell how wonderful she was and if I could adopt another I would not hesitate. Maybe Daisy wasn’t a perfect herding dog but she was a perfect dog for us!

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Updated: 8/10/2022