Australian Kelpie is an Australian breed that is most likely a descendant of several old English herding breeds. Although many believe dingos may have been used in the breed’s development, this is still being debated. The breed has been used in Australia and North America as a versatile, sturdy working dog able to do anything needed on a farm or ranch.
The Australian Kelpie stands 17 to 20 inches tall and weighs between 25 and 50 pounds. They are strong for their size, with a slightly longer body than tall at the shoulder. He has prick ears, almond-shaped eyes, a broad chest, and a long tail. The undercoat is thick, and the outer coat is short. Colors include black, blue, or red, all with or without tan markings.
Grooming the Australian Kelpie breed is easy; twice-weekly brushings will suffice. When the shedding is at its worst during spring and fall, you may wish to brush a little more. This is a very active, high-energy breed with a strong desire to work. He needs vigorous exercise each day without fail. A bored Australian Kelpie will get into trouble. He needs to herd sheep, run alongside a bicycle, train on the agility course, or play flyball. Or better yet, let him do all of those things!
Australian Kelpie breed is the ultimate workaholic. Training should begin early, as this intelligent breed deserves a chance to use his brain. After basic obedience, keep training him. Teach him tricks and get him involved in dog sports. Early socialization will get him used to a variety of people and other dogs. The Australian Kelpie can be a protective watchdog. This breed needs an active owner who wants to do things with him, whether it’s farm work, dog sports, hiking, and backpacking.
The Australian Kelpie has a strong tendency to be a one-person dog and, in a family situation, may ignore the other members of the family. Kelpies are usually good with other dogs and pets when raised with them. Cats may dislike being herded. Health concerns include eye problems.
Australian Kelpie at K9 Research Lab