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History The McNab Dog is a breed developed by Alexander McNab. Alexander McNab and his family were Scottish who raised sheep, but wanted to transfer to an area with a warmer climate. They then set out for American and settled in Northern California. They brought with them one Scotch Collie, but this dog died several years after they arrived in America. Mr. McNab wasn't satisfied with the local working dogs he found, so in 1885, he went to Scotland just to find and bring with him the kind of dog that he's used to working with. Mr. McNab bought two Scotch Collies, both of which were brought to California.
It is believed that these two dogs, which were both male, were bred to female dogs that were of Spanish origin. The exact breed is unknown, but there are theories stating that the dogs used were Basque dogs. Mr. McNab used selective breeding to develop the McNab Dog, and this breed is a very talented one that can be used for many purposes such as protecting, herding, and even as search and rescue dogs.
Appearance McNab Dogs have a sharp head, and tight feet that are cat-like. Their eyes are loose and almond-shaped, and are hazel, copper, or brown in colour. The ears of these dogs are pricked, and some specimens have ears that flop over. Their tails are long, although there are several that are a natural bob. The coat of these dogs can be either short or medium in length.
Colours The acceptable coat colours for this breed include red with white markings and black with white markings. These dogs may also be tri-coloured.
Temperament McNab Dogs make great working dogs, but they are also excellent companions. They are friendly, well-mannered, and loyal. As a family companion, dogs of this breed tend to form a strong bond with a certain family member. These dogs are very suspicious of strangers and unfamiliar animals. They are also highly protective of their family, territory, and property. These dogs can get along well with children, as well as cats, dogs, and any other household pets that they were raised with.
Weight Dogs of this breed are around 25 to 50 pounds heavy, and they are approximately 15 to 25 inches tall.
Problems There are no known genetic health problems specifically associated with this breed. The illnesses affecting McNab Dogs are those common to other dogs as well.
Living Conditions It's not advisable for these dogs to be kept inside apartments. When confined in just a small space, they need to be provided with adequate exercise. It's best for these dogs to have at least a large yard where they can do some physical activities. These dogs will also appreciate having a field or a lake or river that they can run around in.
Requirements Like other dog breeds, McNab Dogs need much exercise. They should be taken out for long walks or jogs daily, and they will also appreciate being given the chance to run around freely in a large area.
Training Requirements Owners of these dogs should make sure that they provide their dog with obedience training and proper socialization at a young age. McNab Dogs are eager to please and intelligent, so training them will be relatively easy. Harsh training methods should not be used on these dogs, and trainers should be consistent, firm, fair, and patient.
Life Expectancy These dogs can live for approximately 15 years if they are well taken care of.
Grooming Grooming these dogs won't take too much work. Owners just need to comb and brush the coat of these dogs on a regular basis. Bathing and dry shampooing should be done only when the dog smells bad already or has become excessively dirty.
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