McNab Dog Breed

Thinking of getting a McNab Dog and want to know if a McNab is suitable for your household?

Use the McNab information on this website to learn more about adaptability, health issues, life span of McNab and more.

McNab Facts

  • Name: McNab
  • Other Names: McNab Border Collie, McNab Sheepdog, McNab Herding Dog
  • Origin: United States
  • Breed Group: Herding
  • Breed Type: Purebred


McNab Dog Facts

McNab Information

The McNab Dog is bred for its working ability and is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC). For this reason, the appearance of the McNab can vary considerably. The dog is medium sized with females standing 16-21 inches at the shoulder and weighing 30-50 pounds and males standing 18-25 inches at the shoulder and weighing 35-65 pounds. The dogs have a variety of ear sets from pricked ears to floppy ears and everything in between. Most McNabs are black or brown with white feet, white collars, white facial strips and white tipped tails, but tricolor McNabs are well known as well as mostly black McNabs. Some McNabs sport random white patches on their bodies and faces. Their eyes are set well apart, almond shaped, and brown, hazel, or copper colored with occasional marble flecked or powder blue eyes. The McNab coat is close, dense and weather resistant. They can have a slick single short coat, a short double coat, or a medium length single coat, but their fur is never long. One of the distinctive features of the McNab is their catlike feet which contribute to their agility.

The McNabs reputation as an indefatigable "all-weather" dog is also opening up a new avenue of work for the dog: Search and Rescue. Currently McNabs are working as evidence search dogs, cadaver dogs, archaeology dogs, and area search dogs for missing persons. Where many other breeds have to be pulled off the search because the dog is tiring, the only limitation for the McNab is the energy of its handler.

What to do if you lose your McNab

If your McNab Dog or any other pet has gone missing and it does not have an identification tag with a phone number, you can:

1. List your missing pet details at Pet Reunite website here.

2. Register the missing pet on the Local Lost Pets Facebook Groups Here.

3. Visit the nearby vet clinics to see if someone has handed in your lost pet.

4. Phone the RSPCA or Visit the RSPCA Lost Pets website and complete a Lost Pet Report.

5. Visit Lost Pets Pages of Animal Shelters.

What to do if you find a lost McNab

If you find a McNab Dog or any other pet and it does not have an identification tag with a phone number, you can:

1. List the found pet details at Pet Reunite website here.

2. Register the missing pet on the Local Facebook Lost Pets Groups.

3. Phone the Local Authority to collect the lost animal.

4. Take the pet to the local Animal Shelter near to your area.

5. Take the pet to the local Vet who normally scan the animal’s microchip and call the registered pet owner.

Laws Regarding Missing Pets

1. It is against the law to keep any animal that you find.

2. Pets are generally considered property and it is illegal to take and keep someone else’s property.

3. You must call your local animal control unit and file a FOUND AN ANIMAL report for any dog or cat you find.

4. To reclaim your lost dog, cat or other pet from the animal shelter you must pay a release fee.

5. If your dog or cat is unregistered, you will have to register your pet before you can take it home.