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Kelpie Dog Breed Profile

The Kelpie dog originated from a cross between a Border Collie and Australia's native dog, the Dingo

Other Names: Australian Sheepdog, Australischer Kelpie, Kelpie, Barb

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Origin: Australia

Breed Purpose: Herding sheep and cattle .

Kennel Club Dog Group: Pastoral

Height: Both, 43cm-51cm

Weight: Both, 11kg-20kg

Lifespan: 12-14 years

Exercise Needs: This dog is a true workaholic and a Kelpie will work in the intense heat of Australia, covering 40 miles a day herding sheep or cattle. Suffice to say this is a dog that needs plenty of daily exercise most of which should be off lead. A Kelpie dog needs a “job” to do and must have lots of games, swimming and training incorporated into the exercise regime.

Feeding Needs: Kelpies are not fussy eaters and thrive on a natural home prepared diet. Quantities should depend on how much exercise the dog has.

Common Ailments: The Kelpie is a robust and healthy dog with few common health issues. Only buy a Kelpie puppy from breeders that have had their stock tested for eye abnormalities. Can suffer from Progressive Retinal Atrophy.

Physical Description: The overall appearance of the Kelpie is of a compact medium sized dog whose appearance shows its working heritage. The body is compact and strong with well developed limbs. The head is long and narrow with pricked ears. The tail is set low and the feet are compact with well arched toes. The Kelpie has a double coat with a thick dense undercoat and a hard straight outer coat. The coat colours are black, black/tan, red, red/tan, fawn, chocolate and blue.

Kelpie K9 Obedience Dog Breed Summary:

The Kelpie is an enthusiastic and tireless working dog that becomes devoted to one owner.

They are responsive to training and will follow commands even at a distance with willingness and eagerness.

This dog is often considered to be too energetic to live in a house or an apartment due to their high energy levels.

The Kelpie dog is similar to the Border Collie in its tendency to herd children and other animals.

The Kelpie may suit an active outdoor family but only if the owner has a firm understanding of the dogs exercise needs and has the enthusiasm to be diligent in both training and working this wonderful dog breed.
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