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.

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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.

Does your McNab bark, howl, and cry whenever you leave the house? Separation anxiety is extreme anxiety experienced by your dog when you are away from him.
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.

If your dog is displaying behavior uncharacteristic of his normal actions, call the Vet.
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. Teaching your dog to sit, lie down, and stay is vital to the training of your new puppy. There are several accepted methods of house training your new McNab puppy. Consider crate training if you need to adapt your dog to a safe and confined environment for various safety and comfort reasons.
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. Socialization is one of the single most important things you can do for your puppy.
25-50 lbs
15-25 inches
Red with white markings, black with white markings; may be tri-colored.



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McNab Questions

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.

Are McNab dogs good for hunting?

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.

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

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.

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! :)

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