Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie
 

Breed Description +

The Australian Kelpie is a magnificent herding dog that thrives in open space and is not usually suited to apartment life. Australian Kelpies are extremely tough and hardy dogs that can appear tireless and therefore need lots of exercise. They are easily trained and have a great appetite for work that has earned them a great reputation in their homeland. Australian Kelpies enjoy activities such as dog agility events, flyball, retrieving, Frisbee, rally, and competitive obedience. Working Kelpies come in almost any color with 3 types of coat: smooth, rough and short. Some working Kelpies also have a white blaze or points. Show dogs demonstrate less variation and have solid colors on a short coat only.
  • AKC Name:

    Australian Kelpie

  • AKC Group:

    Herding

  • Genetic Group:

    Herding

  • Observed Weight:

    25 - 45 lb

  • Show Weight:

    25 - 45 lb

Features+

Identifying Features:


Average Height: 17 - 20 in

History+

The Australian Kelpie is a medium sized dog breed that has been around since 1870 in its native land, where over 100,000 members of the breed are found today. They are renowned as excellent herding dogs that are thought to have been predominantly descended from "English Colleys" (Collies) that were imported to Australia during the 19th Century. The name Kelpie comes from the water Kelpie described in a book by Robert Louis Stephenson. There is a marked distinction between show and working dogs with different registries existing in Australia for the two types. Working Kelpies can be any color and have 3 coat types: smooth, short and rough, whereas show bred Kelpies are limited to solid colors only with a short double coat. Australian Kelpies are currently recognized by the United Kennel Club in the United States.

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