About Maggie Elliott

I have been involved in the family cattle ranching business since 1980, raising cattle, Quarter Horses and McNab Cattle Dogs. I also specialize in producing quality prospects for Reining and Working Cow Horse events.

My first dog was a McNab, which my Dad got in 1962, when I was 5 years old. I remember we called him a McNab Shepherd. Robert was a family pet. He bit everyone in the heels when they came to the front door. You had to be quick jumping in the pool or he would grab your heels as you went in. I truly think he thought we weren't supposed to be in the water. My Dad would buy females and give them to our Ranch Manager in hopes of breeding Robert and raising McNabs. Unfortunately something always happened to the females. So my Dad’s dream never happened until my brother made it possible for me. After I graduated from Cal-Poly with a degree in Animal Science I got my female, Bobbie, from his first litter in 1980. I have continued to breed McNabs ever since.

We spend a lot of time with our dogs whether it’s working, playing or just relaxing in front of the TV at night. The pups are born in the house and they are handled from the beginning using the Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS) technique. We spend time socializing the pups with children and older adults as well as other dogs. They learn the basics of housetraining, crate training, leash training in a harness and using chew toys. Because we are on ranches the pups are exposed to many sights and sounds associated with this kind of lifestyle.