Also known as: McNab Sheepdog, McNab Shepherd
Origin: United States – California
Height at shoulder: 15–25 inches (38–63.5 cm)
Weight: 40–70 pounds (18–32 kg)
Coat: Short and tight fitting
Color: Black and white (sometimes with tan trim) and brown and white
Ears: Upright or semi-erect, pointed at tip
Tail: Long or natural bob
Though originally a sheepdog, the McNab is an all-around stockdog. Around 1866 Alexander McNab left theGrampian Mountains near Glasgow,Scotlandand relocated in Mendocino. He brought his family and a dog known to them as a Fox collie or Fox shepherd dog. Over the course of 30 years, McNab returned toScotlanda number of times and brought back several more of the Fox collies.
His son John, a noted attorney and stockman, inherited the McNab ranch and continued to breed the line, producing dogs with natural bobtails and a short coat, able to work in the summer heat on the dry, rugged coastal range of Northern California. It appears that the McNab family crossed their dogs with brown Spanish or Basque dogs, which were prominent in the area at that time. One fancier described the breed as “a more direct and forceful stockdog than his “cousin” the Border Collie, not as excitable as the Kelpie, and not as strong minded as an Australian Cattledog.” McNabs are registered with the National Stock Dog Registry.
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To learn more about training the McNab please refer to the book, Stockdog Savvy (Alpine Publications) by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor. Stockdog Savvy is a practical and useful handbook for ranchers as well as the hobbyist. If you want to learn to train stockdogs for farm and ranch work in the real world or for competition, this is the book for you. Almost 300 pages illustrated with diagrams and how-to photographs galore!
Stockdog Savvy also gives trainers, clinicians and judges an overview of many different herding dogs and types of livestock. It is the quintessential guide to owning, training, trialing, working or caring for your stockdog.
Additionally, people who don’t have access to livestock can teach all the basic herding commands through play training. Herding skills taught in a game format are fun activities to keep dogs in the city mentally and physically fit.
The Table of Contents:
Frontispiece: Just a Stockdog Story
Foreword by Ernie Hartnagle
1 – HERDING DOGS
2 – WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A HERDING DOG
3 – PREPARING YOUR PUPPY
4 – LAYING THE FOUNDATION
5 – GETTING STARTED
6 – INTRODUCING A DOG TO STOCK
7 – MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR DOG’S TALENT
8 – DEVELOPING A USEFUL DOG
9 – THE OUTRUN
10 – DRIVING SKILLS
11 – BALANCE AND PENNING
12 – FOCUS ON SORTING
13 – BOUNDARY TRAINING FOR TENDING DOGS
14 – BASIC STOCKMANSHIP
15 – WORKING LARGE FLOCKS AND HERDS
16 – THE RANCH DOG
17– TRAINING ANIMALS
18 – POULTRY
19 – SHEEP
20 – GOATS
21 – CATTLE
22 – KEEPING LIVESTOCK
23 – THE TRIAL DOG
24 – TRIAL PROGRAMS
25 – WHAT JUDGES LOOK FOR
26 – OTHER ELEMENTS OF WORKING STOCKDOGS
Appendix -– BREED PROFILES
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