McNab Dog Breed Information and Pictures - All About Dogs




The McNab Dog (also called the McNab Sheepdog and McNab Border Collie) is an exemplary herding dog. It is believed that Alexander McNab developed the McNab in the mid-19th century by crossing his Border Collie with various shepherd dogs. This breed is highly prized for its versatility. Hence, except being a herder, the McNab is a wonderful companion and a great working dog. Nowadays, these dogs are very rare.

Height: 15-25 inches  Weight: 25-50 pounds  Lifespan: 13-15 years


The McNab Dog is distinguished by “cat-like” feet that make this dog very flexible and nimble. This unique, small to a medium-sized dog is quite athletic and well-built.


The McNab Dog is a well-mannered, reliable and friendly dog. He is a faithful companion, strongly tied to only one member of the family. These dogs are quite suspicious of strangers and stray animals, but they very tenderly protect their family and property. Moreover, these dogs get along well with children, cats, dogs and other pets within the family. This dog breed is very smart and learns faster. Temperament: hard-working, obedient, protective, sociable, friendly, well-mannered.

Coat / Care:

The McNab Dog has a short black coat, smooth in texture. It is recommended to clean him regularly in order to remove the excess hair. Be sure to bathe your pet only when absolutely necessary.

Health Problems:

The McNab species are generally healthy dog breed. Hence, representatives of this breed are prone to entropion & ectropion, primary lens luxation, cherry eye, hip dysplasia, Von Willebrand’s Disease, epilepsy. The McNab Dog has a life expectancy of 13 to 15 years.


When it comes to McNabs, early socialization and obedience training are a must. The coach must be patient, fair but firm. This breed is smart and eager to please his owner, and he will not respond to harsh training methods.


The McNab Dog needs great physical and mental stimulation, but more importantly, he needs a job to do. This breed is not suitable for living in an apartment or townhouse. Nevertheless, this dog breed will enjoy in the countryside, where they will have lots of space to run around.

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