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 the Grampian Mountains near Glasgow, Scotland and 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 to Scotland a 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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