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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)
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OriginUnited States
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.

McNab General Appearance & Basic Info

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)

McNab Hair & Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the McNab have? What does this canine coat/fur 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.

McNab Characteristics

What kind of personality does the McNab have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the McNab? Are they intelligent?
Átlagos: Átlagos intelligenciájú McNab. Türelemre van szükség ahhoz, hogy ezt a fajtát bármilyen trükkre és parancsra megtanítsd, ám az erőfeszítés megéri. Megértik és megjegyzik az új parancsokat átlagosan 25–40 ismétlés után.
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? Are they affectionate?
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? Are they barkers/noisy? 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? Are they alert at night?
McNabs are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do McNab dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
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 explore or 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?
Nem a legjobb választás McNab, ha lakásban szeretnéd tartani, ugyanakkor alapos lemozgatással, napi többszöri sétával tolerálják a benti körülményeket is, így megoldható McNab tartása lakásban.
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.

McNab Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? McNab temperament with other people:
McNabs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are McNab dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? McNab temperament with 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? Can they be good 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 office 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 guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
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? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a McNab be an emotional support animal?
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.

McNab Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do McNab dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The McNab is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the McNab breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the McNab breed? Most common health risks of McNab:
Primary Lens Luxation
Life Expectancy
How long do McNab dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a McNab be?
13-15 years
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? What is the activity level of the McNab?
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.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity 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 / Prone to Obesity
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.

McNab Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
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 female 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 female’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?
4-6 puppies

McNab Pros & Cons

  • 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.

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    Jan 25, 2021, 7:35:38 AM:

    Excellent work/service/family dog. Very energetic though and require at least a 5 mile walk per day and 2 hours for playtime. Early training needed and mental activity like puzzles and hide n' seek recommended.