In the late 1800’s, Alexander McNab had a large herd of sheep and the easiest way of controlling them was with the use of his collie dogs, a black and white breed of Scottish heritage. His work as a breeder was the beginning of what would eventually become one of the most versatile dogs in the canine world; the McNab Shepherd.
Herding dogs are some of the most intelligent and active breeds of the dog world, and McNab Shepherds are no exception. McNabs are also very people-oriented. You don’t own a McNab, a McNab owns you your family and all your possessions.
A self-assured herding dog, a McNab Shepherd can help a rancher get out of an uneasy predicament or a potentially dangerous situation. That bravery comes naturally to a McNab, but the right training can help foster their natural strengths.
Most herding trainers believe it is critical to train a herding dog with a specific goal in mind. Creating a confident herding partner is key to success whether a McNab will be used for farm chores, make a living working on huge open ranges or compete on a trial field. The correct training results in a confident dog and a more valuable herding partner. It’s well worth the effort and time to assure develop a McNab to his highest potential and greatest sense of self-confidence.
McNabs are known for their herding ability because they were specifically bred for that purpose. They were originally bred for brains and not for beauty. Some dog breeds, like sheepdogs, get over-excited and have difficulty settling down, which can impede their herding abilities. In contrast, McNabs are even-tempered herding dogs and are happy when allowed to lead livestock.
With attuned senses and a natural ability to herd, McNabs control the movement of other livestock by nipping, barking or circling around. The McNab Shepherd’s keen intelligence, vigorous energy, and strong work ethic make them a rancher’s invaluable companion.
Mindy Ferdig’s McNab Jewelz doing her job