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Kelpie Cross Labrador


The Kelpie Cross Labrador is a playful crossbreed that loves to spend time with its owner. It is energetic and always looking for things to occupy itself with. It is intelligent and eager to please, so you will find it easy to train.

This dog is very loyal and shows its devotion by protecting its human from anything that moves. It is friendly, making it an ideal pet for first-time owners and families.

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The Ultimate Guide to Kelpie Cross Labradors

The Kelpie Cross Labrador is a unique mix that is bred in Australia. Also known as Lab Kelpie, Kelpador, or Kelpie Lab Mix, it is the result of crossing an Australian Kelpie with a Labrador Retriever – two hardworking dog breeds.

Kelpie Cross Labrador Origins

Very little is known about the history of the Kelpie Cross Labrador because it is not often found or seen outside Australia. No record certifies if it was developed for a particular purpose or if it was the result of unintentional breeding.


Key Characteristics of Kelpie Cross Labradors

Are Kelpie Cross Labradors family-friendly? Yes, they are. These dogs adapt well to different kinds of lifestyles, making them ideal pets for families and great companions for single people.
Daily exercise needs?

Kelpie Cross Labradors need at least one hour of physical activity every day.

Common health issues & considerations The health of the Kelpie Cross Labrador depends on its parents. Some only have few health issues, while others have several. Common diseases include the following:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Eye problems
  • Diabetes
  • Patellar luxation
  • Hypothyroidism
Lifespan 10 to 12 years
Nature / Temperament Friendly, active, loyal, and intelligent
Size Weight

18 to 32 kg


45 to 59 cm

Suitable Environment 

The Kelpie Cross Labrador is an active dog that thrives in large spaces. It is suited in a house with a fenced backyard where it can roam and play around. If you live in an apartment, this dog may not be the best choice for you.

Grooming This dog is low maintenance and only needs brushing once a week.

Other Considerations:

  • The Kelpie Cross Labrador tends to instinctively herd everything that moves, including children and other animals. It is recommended to teach your dog basic obedience while it is still a puppy.
  • This crossbreed tends to be hyperactive and very friendly with everyone.
  • This dog enjoys being busy and does like being alone for a long time.

Average cost of a Kelpie Cross Labrador

Kelpie Cross Labradors typicaly range between $2000 and $2000AUD.

How can I take care of my Kelpie Cross Labrador?


Like many other dogs, the Kelpie Cross Labrador’s diet should be based around a high-quality food that is nutritionally complete. Avoid feeding it onions, chocolates, raisins, and nuts.

It is recommended to monitor and measure your crossbreed’s food because both its parents are prone to obesity. Make sure you combine a healthy diet with daily exercise. Remember to always give your dog time to digest its food before allowing it to engage in physical activity.


The Kelpie Cross Labrador has a short coat like both its parents so it does not need any major grooming. Weekly brushing is recommended to get rid of loose hair and keep its coat looking good. To prevent tooth or gum disease, brushing your dog’s teeth regularly is advised.

Recommended Grooming Tips

  • When grooming your dog, examine its body for bumps, lumps, and parasites.
  • Take the time to check your crossbreed’s eyes regularly for redness or discharge as it could be a sign of inflammation.
  • It is recommended to check your dog’s ears for dark wax and bad odour as these are indicators of bacterial or yeast infection.
  • Introduce grooming to your dog’s routine at an early age to help familiarise it with the process.


Both the Australian Kelpie and Labrador Retriever have high levels of energy, so you can expect their offspring to be very active, too. Because of this, the Kelpie Cross Labrador needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation.

Give your dog at least one hour of vigorous physical activity a day. This may be in the form of a long walk, run, or play. It is suggested to keep a consistent exercise schedule as well as training time. Feel free to spice up your dog’s workout every once in a while.


This hybrid is intelligent, making it easy to train. Socialisation is recommended at a young age so your dog can quickly get familiar with different people, environments, things, and animals. Obedience training is also advised, so your crossbreed matures into a well-rounded pet.

Because both its parents have histories as working dogs, the Kelpie Cross Labrador can work for hours without getting tired. You can train it to help you with household chores. Use positive reinforcement and reward or praise your hybrid for every job well done.

This is basic information, and it should not be used to make adoption or purchasing decisions. Be sure to consult an expert if you’d like to learn about the breed’s care and requirements.

This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.

Most Asked Kelpie Cross Labrador Questions

What does a Kelpie Cross Labrador look like?

The Kelpie Cross Labrador is a medium-sized dog that may take after either its Kelpie parent or Labrador parent. This means, its appearance varies. Some may have speckles, while others may have brindles.

In terms of colour, this hybrid is available in various shades. These include brown, yellow, black, and red.

Does a Kelpie Cross Labrador shed a lot?

Generally, Kelpie Cross Labradors have short coats that do not shed much.

What’s the price of a Kelpie Cross Labrador?

The cost of a Kelpie Cross Labrador from a reputable breeder is typically between AUD $1,500 and $4,500. Bear in mind that this is a rare mix that is mostly bred by accident. This is why finding one to adopt may be difficult.

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Australian Kelpie

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