Thinking about purchasing an Australian Kelpie? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Australian Kelpie breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis.
Fundamental requirements for a being a good Australian Kelpie owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Australian Kelpie and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Australian Kelpie Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Australian Kelpie and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Australian Kelpie Breed Profile
The Australian Kelpie is extremely agile and light footed, capable of a lightening start and a dead stop. They are an outstanding shepherd dog with strong natural herding and guarding instincts. A loyal companion with an inexhaustible supply of energy, Australian Kelpies are devoted to their duties. They will work and work even in extreme discomfort. They are rarely affectionate, but friendly and devoted to their masters. They are intense in the field and mild mannered in the home, although they prefer being in the field. Australian Kelpies are considered the best performing medium-sized sheepdog which has made them a favorite among sheep farmers worldwide. The Australian Kelpie has a compacted body that shows their striated musculature and well developed limbs. Despite their small size Kelpies are without limitations and are capable of working cattle, goats, poultry and reindeer. They are a versatile breed that just wants to get the job done. The Australian Kelpie has natural prick ears and comes in colors of black, chestnut, red, tan, dark chestnut and bluish-grey. They can be a combination of these colors as well. The Australian Kelpie is the most popular sheepdog breed in Australia to this day.
Other Names: Kelpie, Bard
Type: Herding Dog
Height: 17 - 20
black and chestnut, red, red and chestnut, tan, dark chestnut or bluish-gray.
Kelpies are keen, responsive, and trainable. They are highly energetic and highly
intelligent as well. Rarely affectionate to people, they tend to be a one-person
dog. They can be devoted to their owners, however, and are intense in the work
field. Australian Kelpies can make a clear distinction between work and rest,
being mild and calm at home and extremely outgoing in the field. Independent
thinkers, the Australian Kelpie should not be kept to the confines of an apartment.
Being so willful and hard working even during discomfort, the Kelpie tends to
have the appearance of taking great pride in their work.
Watch-dog: High. This breed
is constantly on the go.
Australian Kelpie Care and Exercise:
The Australian Kelpie needs minimal grooming. Brush their short
coat or massage them with a towel. Bathe only when necessary. Daily exercise
is essential as the Australian Kelpie is a working breed and needs to have a
job to do. Freedom to run in an open space would be enjoyable for this breed.
Activity: Very High.
Australian Kelpie Health Issues: Genetic bone disorder, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and hip dysplasia.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
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