USD $300-$500 Price Avg.

Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)



Breed Type



13-15 years


Breed Information

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
Popularity/Rank 398
Origin United States
Other Names McNab Border Collie, McNab Herding Dog, McNab Sheepdog
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $300-$500
How much does a McNab cost?
According to a rough estimate, you will spend between $300 to $500 on your McNab if you purchase it from a reputable breeder. If you select a dog with exceptional bloodlines, the price may be higher. The price might even be higher if the dog has already been trained. You'll usually pay less if you get a McNab from a shelter.
Size Medium
Weight Male: 35-65 lbs (16-30 kg),
Female: 30-50 lbs (14-23 kg)
Height Male: 18-25 inches (45-64 cm),
Female: 16-21 inches (40-54 cm)
Lifespan 13-15 years
Recognized by
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And Not recognized by FCI.
Purpose Working Dog, Companion
Date of Origin 19th Century
Ancestry Nomadic Basque Sheepdogs, Scottish Collies

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Smooth
Coat Colors Black, Brown, Tricolor, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Amber, Brown, Hazel
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Pied, Red
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Normal
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Defensive, Friendly, Hard, Mannered, Obedient, Protective, Sociable, Working
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Primary Lens Luxation
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 18 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 90 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $1.20 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the McNab have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The McNab dog is a medium-sized herding breed that originated in the United States. It is a cross between the Scottish Collie and the Spanish Shepherd, and was developed to herd sheep in California’s coastal hills. The McNab has a unique appearance, with its short coat, long legs, and pointed ears. It is an intelligent and loyal breed that makes an excellent companion for active families.

The lifespan of the McNab dog is typically 12 to 15 years. They are medium-sized dogs, weighing between 30 to 50 pounds when fully grown. The colors of this breed can vary from black and white to red or yellow with white markings on their chest and feet.

The personality of the McNab dog is friendly and loyal. They are highly intelligent dogs that are eager to please their owners, making them easy to train. They have strong herding instincts which can make them protective of their family members if not properly trained or socialized from an early age.

McNabs are generally friendly with other dogs, children, and other animals if they have been properly socialized from a young age. However, they may be wary of strangers due to their protective nature so it’s important for owners to introduce them slowly into new situations or environments where there may be unfamiliar people or animals present.

The temperament of the McNab dog is alert yet gentle; they make great watchdogs as they will bark at any unfamiliar noises but will not become aggressive unless provoked by another animal or person. They also have high energy levels so regular exercise such as running or playing fetch will help keep them happy and healthy throughout their life span.

The health of the McNab dog is generally good but like all breeds there are some potential health issues that owners should be aware of such as hip dysplasia, eye problems, skin allergies, epilepsy, hypothyroidism etc.. Regular vet checkups can help identify any potential issues early on so that treatment can begin quickly if necessary .

McNabs have a high level of adaptability which makes them suitable for many different types of households including those with children or other pets present in the home environment . Their intelligence also means they learn quickly which makes training easier than some other breeds . The benefits of having a McNab as a pet include its loyalty , intelligence , friendliness , adaptability , low maintenance grooming needs ,and its ability to provide companionship for active families .


The McNab is a herding dog that was developed in the early 1800s in the Alexander Valley of Mendocino County, California. The breed was named after its developer, Alexander McNab. McNab imported Scottish collies and bred them with local dogs of unknown ancestry. The resulting offspring were used for herding sheep and cattle.

The McNab became one of the most popular herding dogs in the United States, but nearly became extinct in the early 1900s. This was due to a combination of factors, including the introduction of fencing, which made herding less necessary; the popularity of other breeds, such as the Border Collie; and World War I, which led to a decrease in demand for wool.

McNabs were brought back from the brink of extinction by a woman named Freda Hartman, who began breeding them again in the 1950s. Hartman's efforts led to an increase in popularity for the breed, and today they are recognized by several kennel clubs around the world.

The McNab is a medium-sized dog with a short coat that can be any color or combination of colors. They are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and athleticism. McNabs are versatile dogs that can excel at many different activities, including herding, agility, obedience, and tracking.