The McNab Shephard
Originated in Mendocino County, California
The McNab shepherd, also called a McNab Sheepdog, McNab Border Collie, The McNab dog, and the McNab Herding Dog, is a developing breed of dog. Alexander McNab brought two Border collie dogs from Scotland to the McNab ranch in Mendocino County in 1885. He bred these dogs to select shepherd females of Spanish origin and that cross was called McNab Shepherds.
The appearance of the McNab can vary widely. They range from 40 lb to 70 lb. Some have natural bobtails and others have long, narrow, short-furred tails. Their ears are medium sized and can be “pricked” or the top half may flop over. They are mostly shorthaired, usually black and white. They can also be red and white with tricolor and solid varieties of both colors. The longer-haired McNab may need some brushing, but they have a tendency to expertly groom themselves. A strong characteristic of the dog is its “cat-like” feet, which enable its agility. Like other herding dogs, these dogs are bred for brains not beauty. Well known as cattle herders, they can also herd horses, sheep, and llamas. They are also used for protection, performing in Agility & Frisbee. They require extensive grounds in which to run and are happiest with a job to do. Along with physical exercise, they need to be stimulated mentally. Teaching them new activities or ‘tricks’ and being allowed to explore and learn new environments can accomplish this. They are sociable with other dogs and humans, obedient, protective and friendly.Generally they are more direct and forceful than the Border collie, not as excitable as the Kelpie, and not as strong minded as an Australian Cattle dog. Very easy to teach, giving you their attention and complete loyalty. Usually they are a one person, one family dog that does not tolerate stray dogs, strange people or animals.
One of the basic prerequisites for your children and your puppy to have a good relationship is to teach the child, as well as the puppy, what is allowed. Babies and toddlers should not be left unattended with your dog, no matter what breed. A child should learn not to handle the dog roughly or tease him. The parent, not the child, should be responsible for correcting the puppy if he gets too rough. Puppies and dogs have a tendency to look at children as “siblings” in the social order of the family, and the dog should never be allowed to get the upper position over the child. Something that sometimes occurs with puppies of herding breeds and kids is that, in play, the puppy may chase and nip at the heels of the child. This is because the dog is bred to herd and he is trying to “herd” the child because it is natural to herd something moving. In this situation, it is a good idea to have the child stop running and tell the dog “no bite.” This should not be confused with actually trying to harm the child, but the game should not be encouraged.They require a minimum of one hour of exercise a day. Because of their need to control, you must be the alpha of the pack. Early training and socialization is essential as they will tug and bark to get their own way. If you have the stamina with a lifestyle active enough to accommodate their energy needs, the McNab will make a playful and loyal pet.
You can go to these web sites for more information on these dogs:
Legacy Connemaras http://www.legacyconnemaras.com/McNabs.html
The McNab Dog http://www.flyballdogs.com/personal/mcnab.html
Bud Williams Stockmanship School http://stockmanship.com/mcnabs.htm
Hawk Stock Dogs http://www.hawkstockdogs.com/mcnabcattledogs.html
McNab history http://www.meqh.com/mcnabs/history.html
There are no stand-alone McNab rescues.