The McNab is a friendly hardworking dog who is obedient, protective and yet still very well mannered. They are full of energy and enjoy being around children, often indulging in playful, energetic games and showing real affection towards them. This type of dog loves a bit of space to run around in, and would love living on a farm or a country estate. They adapt well to town living (but are too lively for apartments) as long as they get a good walk or run each day. The McNab is easy to train; they listen well and obey their owner. You will have less repetitions of lessons with this quick learner. They are eager to learn and then want to show you how well they have learned a new trick. The appearance of the McNab varies considerably but their fur is never long. They look well groomed with a slick single coat, or a bit fluffier with their dense double coat . McNab's never seem to tire, and have been used for search and rescue, as cadaver dogs, and as archaeology dogs. This truly amazing dog is only limited by the energy of their owner.
The McNab has a sleek athletic look to them, with an alert curious expression on their friendly face. Often small to medium in size, their bodies are lean yet muscled. Weighing up to 50 pounds, the McNab loves to run and work. They have a deep chest and long elegant legs ending in cat like paws which gives them great agility. The long body slopes slightly towards the tail, and exhibits a slightly tucked up tummy. An elegant slender neck supports their pointed head which is rounded at the top. Ears are wide set and held high and alert, but some do flop over at the tips. The black McNab is the most known color, and these often sport white random patches but they do come in other colors such as red, brown or tri-colored. They have almond shaped eyes that are set wide apart; they will always see you coming no matter how quiet you are. The coat is never long on a McNab but can vary from slick and short to dense double coats. They are a smart looking dog, their coats are often glossy and fit neatly to their body. The classy McNab is an independent dog who is not adverse to a cuddle and attention.