Australian Kelpie

Updated: Jul 3, 2018

Country of Origin : Australia

Dog Group : Working Dog


The history of this breed is not well documented so its unclear how they cam into being.  Some say the breed came from crossing Scottish sheepdogs with smooth-haired collies.  Others say they were borne of crossing domestic dogs with the Australian Dingo.  This has some credibility, as they share the Australian Dingoes resistance to paralysis ticks, but it is not born out from genetic testing. The Australian Kelpie was developed in Australia for herding sheep and cattle, and is still widely used for that purpose in Australia and New Zealand.


The Australian Kelpie has a compact body and well-developed limbs. Slightly longer than he is tall, the Kelpie has a broad chest and firm hind quarters that contribute to his flexible, energized appearance. The head is long and narrow. The medium length tail is low set. The short, compact feet have well arched toes. The double coat consists of a short and dense undercoat and a hard, straight and weather-repellent outer coat. Colour possibilities include black and red, each with or without out tan; and fawn, chocolate and blue. Kelpie owners are more interested in the breed's working ability then their appearance. This robust, enthusiastic, and tireless worker, is Australia’s most popular and successful working dog. Kelpies have been exported throughout the world and are used for herding sheep, cattle, goats, ducks, and other livestock.

Feeding & Ownership

This dog is relatively easy to feed, only really requiring greater nutrition during working periods.


The Australian Kelpie is a working dog that demands a great deal of exercise, preferably with some kind of job to do. Their energy levels are extremely high!! They are workaholics and will run until they drop!! They need to be taken on long daily walks and make an excellent jogging companion. The Australian Kelpie is a compact, robust, enthusiastic, and tireless working dog. The kelpie is a tough, independent, highly intelligent dog that is extremely loyal. They are very obedient and are exceptionally alert, they are eager to please and they make a devoted companion; however they have an inexhaustible amount of energy which makes them unsuitable for suburban living. They are good with children when they are raised with them from puppyhood. Kelpies will try to herd other dogs, pets and animals whether they want to be herded or not.


The Kelpie has a double coat, with a thick undercoat and a weather-resistant outer coat, the Australian Kelpie is easy to groom. Brush on a regular basis with a firm bristle brush, and bathe once a month is all that is required as regular bathing will remove the natural oils in the weather-resistant coat and dry out the skin.


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