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Australian Kelpie

Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Australian Kelpie Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Jan Scholtz
Phone: 0418 338 931
Email: kuscokelpies@hotmail.com
Website: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/kelpievic/

Brief History

The Kelpie was developed during the 19th century, as a breed able to work sheep on the vast outback properties, under harsh and variable conditions. Their hardiness and ability to work long hours, make the Kelpie invaluable for farmers, and they have been exported to many countries overseas, where they have been used for managing a variety of stock.

Average Life Span

When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.

The average life span is 12 to 16 years.

Temperament

Cheeky, mischievous with lots of personality, Kelpies thrive on company and activity.  They can be reserved with strangers, which makes them good watchdogs.

General Breed Description

A medium size, short coated breed, the Kelpie is lithe, athletic and muscular. They are highly intelligent and eager to please. Devoted to their family, they make an excellent pet. They come in a variety of colours including black, black and tan, red, red and tan, chocolate, fawn and blue.

Coat and Care Requirements

With a wash and wear, short coat which requires little maintenance, the Kelpie needs more frequent attention when moulting – maybe once a year. A regular brush and comb, plus a bath when necessary, will keep him looking very smart.

Size

Height: Males 46 to 51cms (18 to 20ins), Females 43 to 48cms (17 to 19ins).

Health

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Kelpie is generally a healthy breed, however health conditions do occur occasionally. These may include Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) and Cerebellar Abiotrophy (CA/ataxia). 

Suitability

The breed adapts well to being a family pet, but as with all breeds, children and pets should always be supervised when together. They are a very social breed and enjoy companionship.

In Conclusion

Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.

Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.

Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard:  http://ankc.org.au/Breed/Detail/149

Registered Breeders

  • Prefix: BALLARE
    Breeder: Camilla Allnutt
    Phone: 5873 2287
    Email:
    Website:
  • Prefix: KLASSIKELP
    Breeder: Carol Hobday
    Phone: 0427 696 497
    Email: klassikelp@bigpond.com
    Website:
  • Prefix: KUSCO
    Breeder: AUSTRALIAN KELPIE CLUB - PUPPY CONTACT
    Phone: Mrs Jan Scholtz - 0418 338 931
    Email: kuscokelpies@hotmail.com
    Website: