Get to know the Australian Kelpie
All you need to know about the breed
What could be more fun than a dog that looks like a fox, jumps as high as a deer, and plays well with sheep? The Australian Kelpie offers all of this and so much more. Willing owners will be wowed by the over-the-top activity level and incredibly high intelligence of Australia’s native breed.
Years of breeding by devotees of this dynamic dog have produced an incredibly capable canine, and two types have come to pass: The Show, or Bench, Australian Kelpie, used pretty much solely for conformation dog shows, and the Working Australian Kelpie. The latter is able to herd large swathes of sheep or livestock with little-to-no commands from their owner and can suddenly change direction, even at top speed. Almost self-sufficient, they’re fearless when staring down a herd of cows in need of corralling.
It’s no surprise when witnessing the breed’s lithe body, one that exudes a great state of physicality. The Australian Kelpie is blessed with robust health and has no known genetic disorders or diseases. As active as they are, the energy of Australian Kelpies can be tempered to suburban life, too, as long as their owner can keep up with them.
The coat of the Australian Kelpie also comes in a whole host of colour combinations, including black and red - often dappled with tan - fawn, chocolate brown, or smoke blue. It’s just more to love and another great facet of this rock star breed.
2 facts about Australian Kelpies
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Australian Kelpie
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