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Australian Kelpie Puppies
Description: 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
17 - 20 inches.
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
Watch-dog: High. This
breed is constantly on the go.
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.
Health Issues: Genetic bone disorder, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and hip dysplasia.
Life Span: 10 - 14 years.
Country of Origin:
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