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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.
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.
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.
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! :)