Kelpies are intelligent and devoted to duty. They are capable of doing tasks with little or no supervision and thrive when they have a job to do. Being a herding dog, they are easy to train for almost anything, making them a good watchdog.
The Australian Kelpie has a slightly rounded skull and medium build. It has a broad chest and well developed limbs that contribute to its capability of untiring work.
Its double coat consists of a dense undercoat and weather-resistant straight outer coat. Colors are wide-ranging, including black, red, chocolate, and blue.
Kelpies originated from the Scottish collies brought to Australia in the late 1800s.
The foundation female, owned by J.D. Gleeson, was mated on many occasions, including to a male dog owned by C.T.W. King. At that time, the breed did not have a name. It was only after King’s dog’s performance in a sheepdog trial that the breed was named Kelpie’s Pups.
It wasn’t until the turn of the century that dogs with a Kelpie-like appearance were called Kelpie.
|Are Kelpies family-friendly?||Yes, they are. Kelpie pups are very friendly and get along with both people and pets. Playful and affectionate, they are good around children.|
|Daily exercise needs?||Kelpies are a working dog, which is why they need daily exercise and lots of it. Two to three hours of walking each day is good enough.|
|Common health issues & considerations||While generally a healthy breed, Kelpies may suffer from:
|Lifespan||12 to 15 years|
|Nature / Temperament||Intelligent, energetic, friendly, alert, and loyal|
They generally weigh between 11 to 20 kg. Some can reach a weight of 27 kg.
Male: 46 to 51 cm
Female: 43 to 48 cm
|Suitable Environment||Kelpies are very energetic, so keeping them cooped-up in a small apartment is not the best idea. They have a natural instinct to herd, making them suitable for small farms and homes with a big backyard.|
|Grooming||Kelpies have a double coat, so they need weekly brushing or combing. While they are a low-maintenance breed, they still need an occasional bath.|
This is general information and should not be relied on for adopting or purchasing advice.
Kelpies generally have a straight forehead, almond-shaped eyes, and ears that point outward. They are muscular, with a deep chest and rounded ribs.
Their coat may be short, smooth, or rough with a base colour of black, chocolate, red, or blue. Some Kelpies have solid colours, while others have markings.
They do, but moderately. Luckily, routine brushing helps keep loose hair under control.
The cost of a Kelpie pup depends on the source. The average cost is between AUD $1,200 to $1,600. There are also dogs in the price range of $400 to $800. If you are buying from a reputable breeder, a pup can cost almost $3,500.