The McNab is a medium size, hunting and herding dog that originated in California, USA. This dog is also known as McNab Sheepdog, McNab Shepherd, McNab Border Collie and McNab Herding dog. It was developed by an Scottish shepherd, Alexander McNab, who settled in California. After death of his Scottish Collie, the shepherd found local dogs wanting in herding skills so he got two Scottish Collies from his homeland which became the foundation for this new breed. These Scottish Collies were mated to unfamiliar female dogs brought by Basque Sheep herders. The resulting puppies were first McNab dogs.

This breed is highly valued for its skills in hunting, herding, driving and farm work rather than its appearance. Though over 100 years have passed since the first puppies were born, the breed is still rare and unknown outside its area of origination.

The appearance of this breed can be varied from dog to dog though they will generally resemble the Shorthaired Border Collies. Generally speaking a McNab is a short haired dog which stands 15" to 25" at the shoulders and should weigh about 25-50 pounds. One of the most prominent features of the dog is the ears, they are long pointy and stand erect although some flop over like a border collie. Almond shaped eyes with hazel, copper or brown coloring, hold alert expression. Naturally bobbed or long narrow tail is short furred and white tipped. Its cat-like feet help the dog acquire fast speeds and agility. The shorthaired coat helps the dog sustain scorching hot temperatures during summer. It comes in red with white markings, black with white markings; may be tri-colored.

This dog is NOT recognized by AKC or any other major kennel club.

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