McNab Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about McNab so you can get to know the breed more.
|Group||Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)|
Other Names |
What other names does the McNab have? The dog breed also known as...
|McNab Border Collie, McNab Sheepdog, McNab Herding Dog|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
AKC Group |
Is McNab recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is McNab recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Not recognized by FCI.|
Breed Recognition |
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the McNab breed?
|Dog Registry of America Inc.|
How much does the McNab puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? McNab price:
If you choose to purchase the McNab, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a McNab for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the McNab gets to a happy place.
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? McNab size:
How much does the McNab weigh? McNab weight:
|Male: 35-65 lbs (16-30 kg), Female: 30-50 lbs (14-23 kg)|
Avg. Weight |
What is the average weight of the McNab? McNab average weight:
|Male: 35-65 lbs (23 kg), Female: 30-50 lbs (18.5 kg)|
How tall is the McNab? McNab height:
|Male: 18-25 inches (45-64 cm), Female: 16-21 inches (40-54 cm)|
Avg. Height |
What is the average height of this fido? McNab average height:
|Male: 21.5 inches (54.5 cm), Female: 18.5 inches (47 cm)|
What type of coat does the McNab have? What does this canine coat look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper McNab's coat?
How to groom the McNab and how often?
Average: The McNab requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your McNab, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level |
How much do McNab dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the McNab Border Collie? McNab shedding level:
McNabs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
What kind of personality does the McNab have? What characteristics does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the McNab? Are they intelligent?
Average: McNab's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Are McNab dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
McNabs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
How playful is this breed?
McNabs, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? McNab sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. McNabs don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they?
McNabs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the McNab Border Collie need? McNab social needs:
McNabs need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Do McNab dogs bark a lot? Why does my McNab Sheepdog bark?
Low to Average: The McNab rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is McNab good as a watchdog?
McNabs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Do McNab dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
McNabs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential |
Do McNab bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the McNab Border Collie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a McNab? Why do dog bites happen?
The McNab has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the McNab do?
McNabs have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but McNabs need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the McNab to run away? Does this breed wander a lot? Does McNab roam?
McNabs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does McNab have high prey drive?
McNabs have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly |
Is McNab good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
McNabs are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
McNabs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog |
Where McNab dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
|Not really |
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they friendly with strangers?
McNabs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly |
Are McNab dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? McNab and children:
McNabs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do McNab dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
McNabs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly |
Is McNab good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do McNab dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
McNabs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly |
Are McNabs good office dogs? Do McNabs make good office friendly dogs? Can McNabs be ofiice dogs?
McNab is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do McNab dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the McNab Border Collie temperament with senior people? Are McNab dogs good for elderly owners?
McNabs are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do McNab dogs get along with other pets? Are McNab dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
McNabs are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is McNab breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
McNabs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can McNab be a service dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). McNab is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can McNab be a therapy dog?
|Not really |
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. McNab is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can McNab be a sniffer dog?
|Not really |
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. McNab is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can McNab be a search and rescue dog?
|Not really |
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The McNab is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can McNab be a boat dog?
|Not really |
McNab breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can McNab be a drafting dog?
|Not really |
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. McNab is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy breed? Do McNab dogs have health problems?
The McNab is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems |
What health problems does the McNab breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the McNab breed? Health risks of McNab:
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Life Expectancy |
How long do McNab dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a McNab be?
Is the McNab breed hypoallergenic?
McNabs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the McNab have?
McNabs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need |
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do McNab dogs require per day?
McNabs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does this fido need?
McNabs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption |
How much food does the McNab need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
|1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.|
Weight Gain Potential |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? McNab risk for obesity:
Average. The McNab has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the McNab's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
|Tolerates warm and cold weather.|
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The McNab has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency |
Does the McNab drool?
The McNab is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the McNab could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the McNab. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Gestation Length |
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does it take to have McNab puppies?
Reproductive cycle of the female McNab: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
|How often can the McNab have a litter?||Once a year.|
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the McNab have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
Pros & Cons of McNab
- Drooling tendency: The McNab is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
- Child Friendly: McNabs are kid-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: McNabs are usually recommended for elderly people.
- Hypoallergenic: McNabs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
- Office Friendly: McNab is not the best dog breed for office environment.
- Good For First Time Owners: McNabs are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.