The Daily Journal, a Mendocino county newspaper recently published an article about the McNab shepherd (which originated in that area.) We are very glad to see them get recognition at the local level. We were interviewed and were delighted to be given the opportunity to share our part as breeders who strive to continue the heritage of these fine, versatile dogs. Here is the link where you can read all about it: "Meet Ukiah's Craft Canine: the McNab Shepherd" - click on the title.
As stated, one of my goals for this blog is to share knowledge of the breed and to promote what great dogs they are, with so much diversity, from working ranch dogs, to agility, to service dogs, to loyal companions, and more.
That is why we are sharing this article that comes from Bud Williams titled, Our McNabs. It is long and so interesting, beginning with the Williams' first encounter with these dogs in 1957. As they share their recollections, you will glean some of the history of how a number McNabs were developed. "Dean Witter, the owner of Lone Pine, imported several solid red Kelpies. These were crossed with the McNabs, and some very good dogs resulted. These cross-bred dogs were all black with very little white on them. However, little concern was given to breeding a McNab to a McNab. The only consideration was to breed a good working bitch to a good working dog, no matter what they looked like. At this time, in Northern California, a “McNab” was any short-haired stock dog that had a very strong go-to-the-lead instinct. They had no “eye” and were very tough and strong willed."
Head on over for a fascinating read, along with pictures of some McNabs from the past
I'm Teri Garcin and I breed McNab collies. I want to share my love and knowledge of the breed and help promote to the world what great dogs they are. Please share your own knowledge here as we come together to support this awesome breed, the McNab!
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