McNabs are one of the few breeds who have, over the years, been bred for their unique working style on stock and a focus on key physical attributes that keep them true to the old McNab Shepherd standards. At Vanir McNab Shepherds, we work hard to produce only dogs who are superior to their parents, are strong on stock, are competitive in sports and make excellent family pets.
The McNab is a medium sized dog ranging from 30 to 60 pounds. The coat length is short, not more than one and a half inches, flat and straight with a clean, smooth leg and ear. Coat color varies from solid black, red, blond, tri-colored and grey, with the typical color being black and white. All colors come with varying degrees of white tri, including blazes on the face, white collars, white socks or stockings, and white chest and belly. The body is light, yet generally extremely muscular, especially the upper thigh. The flank is tucked up tight, chest is broad, heartgirth deep, while the back is especially strong and straight. The head rests beautifully upon a long graceful neck and is bold but never heavy. Muzzles are medium to slightly long in length, teeth meet in a scissors bite. Eyes are almond shaped, intelligent and expressive. The ears are usually erect, ranging from a quarter to full standing of medium size and keen appearing. The McNab is noted for his clean straight legs with small feet, tight toed and upright pastern, tails, if not natural bob, are docked, however a long tail is preferred by others believing it acts like a rudder to help in balance.
Our focus on creating the strongest McNab, both mentally and physically, starts with DNA testing and OFA screening each one of our breeding dogs. We also breed temperamentally sound and social dogs, to not only produce amazing working dogs but wonderful family companions.
Vanir McNab Shepherds puts an incredibly high importance on having one of the best scientifically sound puppy raising socialization programs in the breed. Every litter is raised with Early Neurological Stimulation, begin potty training at 2.5 weeks old and have a very specific program to enhance bonding with humans, open up the puppy's world and help create bigger brains (literally!). Our socialization program uses specific stimulation and activities implemented systematically and in tandem with the pup’s neurological development to achieve the goal of a well-grounded, well-rounded, socialized dog.
Vanir McNab Shepherds is a solid breeding program that produces some of the best, well-traced lineage, working, sporting and companion McNabs available. We work hard to train, title and work our McNabs in various venues from dock diving, disc, herding and more!
Our McNabs are registered through The McNab Stock Dog Foundation and we are avid supporters of their goal to keep the breed true to their original purpose, trace lineage and help breeders with information and resources relating to the health, temperament and working abilities of the McNab Shepherd.
Vanir McNab Shepherds is a member of the Good Dog Breeders program with an Excellent rating based on our program.
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