The McNab is an average-size breed with ears that are probably its most distinguishing feature. The ears are moderate in length and are pointed at the end. The ears give the breed an expressive look. It is strong, but not to an excessive amount. The head and muzzle are also average in appearance.


The McNab is an ever-tempered breed. It will get along with everyone in its family, including children and other pets. It may display unpleasant behavior if unfamiliar people or animals arrive at the home. The breed is an exceptional hunting companion. In addition to being quick and agile, it is capable of capturing small and medium size game, such as rabbits and deer. It has a natural protective nature that makes it a good companion for children and a guard dog. Supervision is recommended when the breed interacts with young children.

Height and Weight

The McNab is generally 18-22 inches tall and weighs about 40-50 pounds. Some types may be slightly smaller than the average type.

Health Problems

The McNab tends to be a very healthy breed. There are currently no health problems that are associated with this breed.

Ideal Living Conditions

The McNab will usually easily adapt to indoor or outdoor living conditions. However, it needs a significant amount of exercise and will appreciate having sufficient space outdoors to run around.


The McNab requires a significant amount of exercise. A short walk is not sufficient for this breed. On a daily basis it needs exercise that is either vigorous or requires endurance. It does obtain quite a bit of exercise on its own if it resides outdoors. However, the breed will still need other forms of exercise.

Life Expectancy

The McNab tends to live 10-14 years.

Litter Size

The McNab has an average of 4 puppies.


The coat of the McNab does not require a lot of maintenance. Regular brushing is what this breed requires the most. Washing its coat is only recommended on an as needed basis.


Alexander McNab who was originally from Scotland, migrated to California




Most of the McNab’s body is black. It typically has white markings on its eyes, chest, and neck, and the tip of its tail.