Kelpie

Growth Size

Kelpies grow to a height of 40 – 61cm, and a weight of 11 – 30kg.

Lifespan

12 – 15 years.

Temperament

Whilst loyal and loving these guys are more concerned with work than socialising. Kelpies need to be kept active and stimulated (they are capable of covering 60km per day) or they will become disruptive.

Training Difficulty

Training is essential for this alert, intelligent breed. Kelpies are always on the job and tend to round up other dogs and pets!

Recommended Owners

Generally Kelpies are recommended for older owners but will be okay with children if they are introduced to them as a puppy.

Origin

Australia's pride and joy. A true fair dinkum national dog developed in Australia. In the 1800s, there was demand for a dog that could work Australia's growing sheep population. Many breeds were imported for this task, but only some were suited to the harsh conditions of the Australian outback. These breeds were crossed (possibly with native dingoes as well), resulting in the Kelpies we know today.

Diet

About one and a half cups of food per day for adult dogs. More food is required if the dog is to be used as a working dog.

Please note! The dietary guidelines specified above are only a guide and feeding may vary based on your pet's size, activity level, and metabolism.

Grooming

True to their working class nature, Kelpies require very little maintenance. They do require a weekly shedding brush down, to ensure there is no unwanted hair around the home.

Comments

The most famous Kelpie was a traveller known throughout Western Australia's Pilbara region. While this dog was known by many names, he was nicknamed 'Red Dog' due to the red dirt of the Pilbara region. The story of 'Red Dog' has been published in numerous books, and was even turned into a film.