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Alternative names
McNab Border Collie
McNab Sheepdog
McNab Herding Dog
Country of origin
United States
Common nicknames
Classification and breed standards
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct
Registered with the National Stock Dog Registry

The McNab—also called a McNab Sheepdog, McNab Border Collie, or McNab Herding Dog—is a developing breed of dog. It originated from a smooth-coated dog typically reported to be the Scotch Collie or Fox Collie that was also the ancestor of the Border Collie. The breed's focus is on herding.


The appearance of dogs called McNabs can vary widely, though their shared roots with Border Collies means that they are often black and white. McNabs also often have as ancestors breeds such as Australian Cattle Dogs and other herding breeds. Some are large dogs of approximately 70 lbs (32 kg), while others are as small as 40 lbs (18 kg); some have natural bobtails and others have long, narrow, short-furred tails.


The primary quality that these dogs are bred for is their herding ability; they are well known as cattle herders, but can herd other animals, such as horses, sheep, and llamas. McNabs are well-mannered dogs, obedient, hard-working, water-loving with consequent good personal hygiene, and friendly with small domestic animals such as cats and chickens, but they require extensive grounds in which to run and are happiest with a job to do.


The breed has its roots in northern California, where they were first bred by a Scotsman named Alexander McNab in the late 19th century.

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