Australian Kelpie Sheep Dog

Australian Kelpie Sheep Dog

The Australian Kelpie dog originates from...

In existence since 1870, the Australian Kelpie is a rare breed of dog first developed in Australia to work vast Outback lands in a hot climate. Believed to have originated from crossing the Border Collie and other herding dogs — possibly the Dingo — the Australian Kelpie dog is capable of working long hours herding cattle, reindeer, goats, and poultry. While not commonly seen as pets, the Australian Kelpie is widely found on the farm and ranch, with 100,000 registered dogs employed on the continent.

The Australian Kelpie is characterised by...

Athletically built to change direction at full speed, the Australian Kelpie is characterised by a broad chest, low-set tail, muscular legs, and a weather-proof double coat in colour variations of black, fawn, chocolate, tan, blue, and red, with black being the most common. An additional feature that distinguishes the Australian Kelpie dog is its strong, pointed ears. Agile and resilient, the breed is well suited to any climate, with a specialism in herding and retrieving.

The average Australian Kelpie...

Despite being uncommon as a companion or domestic dog, this is not a reflection of its nature, with Kelpies being amongst the most obedient, loyal, and affectionate of breeds. Highly compatible with children and other pets, the Australian Kelpie makes a great addition to any home setting, requiring minimal maintenance. On average, a healthy Kelpie will weigh 10-20kg, with a long-life expectancy of 12-14 years when shown appropriate care — although it is not uncommon for a dog to outlive this expectancy.


Not susceptible to any known genetic conditions, the Australian Kelpie dog is typically healthy and long lived. Documented cases of progressive retinal atrophy and associated optical disorders exist with this breed, as does a progressive neurological disease known as Cerebellar Abiotrophy that affects movement and cannot be treated.

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Added on 21/04/2020
Joined 04/12/2018
From Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

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