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Australian Kelpie

Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Australian Kelpie Club Of Victoria Inc
Contact: Mrs Helen Evans
Phone: 0427 649 238
Website: Facebook -

About the Australian Kelpie

Background The Kelpie came into being last century because Australian sheep men needed a special type of dog that could work sheep on the vast outback properties, under variable and harsh conditions. This was a result of the various breeds of sheepdogs from Europe and the UK having proven too heavily coated to cope with the severe Australian climate and geography. This wonderful breed came from two black and tan, smooth-coated, prick eared Collies imported in the 1860s. Other breeds also contributed to the evolution of the Kelpie, with some experts believing that there have been crosses to the Dingo. From these humble beginnings, the Australian Kelpie developed to the stage where it has now been exported to Russia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, UK, USA, South America, South Africa, New Zealand, Germany and the Netherlands. These dogs have been successfully used to manage a variety of stock, including reindeer, goats, cattle and, of course, sheep. Kelpies in Sweden have gained police dog titles and pulled sleds.

Average Lifespan When considering a dog, please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.  Australian Kelpies live to 12 - 16 years of age.

Breed Personality/Characteristics/Temperament Kelpies have excelled in the areas of Obedience, Agility, Tracking and Dances with Dogs.  They have participated in pet therapy programs and have even been utilised as fully trained Guide Dogs. The finest characteristic of the Kelpie, however, is its irresistible personality. The breed is extremely alert, eager and highly intelligent, with a mild, tractable disposition. The dogs show marked loyalty and real devotion to duty. Although bred primarily for working sheep, the purebred Australian Kelpie has proven itself to be a very adaptable and versatile dog.

Compatibility with other pets Excellent.

Care Requirements As a companion animal, the Kelpie has few equals. Loving, gentle and kind, its greatest joy is being on the receiving end of its owner’s tender loving care, while its greatest disappointment is inactivity and lack of attention. Obedience provides a great way of getting to know and share the needs of this highly intelligent breed of dog. The Kelpie is free from most inherited diseases and is a relatively low maintenance dog to care for. The breed is quickly house-trained and is an easy dog to feed - eating almost anything it is given.  The Kelpie needs about the same amount of exercise as other healthy young dogs. This can mean freedom to run in a very big yard or regular long walks. A smaller yard would obviously necessitate more frequent walks.  The Kelpie coat is relatively short and needs little maintenance. It is a double coat with a dense undercoat that will require additional combing when moulting. An occasional bath is also desirable.

Please Take Note If you are thinking of buying a Kelpie pup, make sure that you are prepared to commit to the amount of time and degree of attention it deserves, as this breed will want to be your constant companion. Remember that the cheapest purchase often ends up being the most expensive in the long run, so be prepared to pay a fair price for your puppy. Take time to learn about the breed, in particular its care and training requirements. It is important to ensure that your yard is fully fenced.

Ideal Owner/s Contrary to uninformed opinion, this breed adapts well to being a family pet, jogging companion, children’s mate and guardian. It craves companionship, making it among the most social of breeds. As with all dogs, young children and pets should always be supervised when together.

In Conclusion Now you know a little about the Australian Kelpie and have decided this is the dog for you or you want more information, make contact with the breed club or your State controlling body for purebred dogs. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog shows 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.

Registered Breeders

  • Prefix: BALLARE
    Breeder: Camilla Allnutt
    Phone: 5873 2287
  • Prefix: KLASSIKELP
    Breeder: Carol Hobday
    Phone: 0427 696 497
  • Prefix: KUSCO
    Phone: Mrs Jan Scholtz - 0418 338 931