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Bred to be an Independent, Motivated Worker,
This Dog must be Challenged with Vigorous, Satisfying Daily Activity

Australian Kelpie Puppies For Sale

Are you looking for a family pet that wants to work? Can you provide the kind of environment that will satisfy this energetic, intelligent, devoted and eager-to-please (but stubborn) dog? If so, the Australian Kelpie, also affectionately known as the "Kelpie," may be just the breed for you. Be careful, though, because if you don't give your Kelpie enough to do, and don't provide proper leadership – gentle, firm, and consistent – it will find something to do, with or without your blessing. Because this tireless, selfmotivated dog is accustomed to working in solitude as a herding dog in the Australian wilderness, you may find that once your dog decides to do “something,” it will be very hard to stop it. If you can provide the kind of proper structure needed to have a truly happy dog, however, welcome to Kelpie "parenthood."

The Kelpie was first established as a breed in the late 19th century, probably in the 1870s. With Australia significantly expanding its involvement in the sheep and wool industry, ranches needed dogs that could control unruly sheep efficiently while tolerating the country’s harsh environment.

The Australian Kelpie has its ancestry in English North Country Collies of the Rutherford strain, a British herding dog that also may have contributed to the development of the Border Collie , English Shepherd , and Australian Shepherd . Kelpies were brought to North America about 100 years ago and have adapted easily to different types of terrain and climate – as well as to different types of herding animals. Although Kelpies can be kept as pets, they're still most often used as working dogs on ranches and farms everywhere. The United Kennel Club recognizes the Australian Kelpie, as does the North American Australian Kelpie Registry and the Canadian Kennel Club. Yet, the Australian Kelpie remains relatively rare in the United States and is not recognized by the American Kennel Club. In fact, the North American Australian Kelpie Registry has promoted this dog as a working breed only and prefers that the breed not be promoted by the American Kennel Club. Although working Kelpies are very common in Australia, show Kelpies there are extremely scarce.

Lean and hard-muscled, the Australian Kelpie is classified as either a working Kelpie or a show Kelpie. Show Kelpies must be restricted to the following colors: chocolate, black, smoky blue, red, fawn, black and tan, and red and tan. Show Kelpies a have short double coat and pricked ears, and are heavier and shorter than the working Kelpie, who is compact, robust, and has well-developed limbs. Coat colors for working Kelpies can be black and red with or without tan and fawn markings, or chocolate or blue coats. Both stand 17 to 20 inches at the shoulder in adulthood, and weigh between 25 and 45 pounds.

All Australian Kelpies are intensely driven dogs, and whether a show dog or a working dog (also referred to as a “bench” dog), this breed needs strenuous activity and challenging exercise to be happy. If you plan to adopt a Kelpie, make sure you incorporate vigorous daily walks and even jogs into your day, and let your Kelpie help you with whatever you need to do. Kelpies can make excellent Seeing Eye dogs if trained early, but because the Kelpie is bred specifically to be an independent herding dog left alone in the vast wilderness to manage sheep by itself, you'll need to provide firm leadership to control this animal who will need plenty of structure and companionship. If you cannot offer this, it's best to get another breed. It's also not possible for you to own a Kelpie if you live in an apartment, since there's not enough room for your pet to run and play. It is vitally important that you train your dog to listen to you explicitly, while making sure you maintain top dog status at all times. Kelpies originally were bred to cover up to 4000 square feet a day in the Australian wilderness in the task of herding sheep, so keep that in mind when you plan your activities. At the very least, take your pet on a briskly-paced, long daily walk to keep it satisfied.

The Kelpies' tenacity is legendary, since they can work tirelessly in the Australian heat for long periods of time. Therefore, make sure you always keep the upper hand, since you could find yourself facing a stubborn and unhappy dog if you don't. Train your puppy as soon as you bring it home to listen to you and obey without question. With successful training, the Kelpie will be a devoted if energetic pet that gets along well with its master and older children. Keep a close watch on its tolerance of younger children, as this dog can be snappy if inadvertently intimidated.

Generally healthy, the Australian Kelpie can be prone to a Collie eye anomaly called progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) as well as a condition called cerebellar abiotrophy. PRA can lead to progressive blindness, while cerebellar abiotrophy is a progressive neurological disease that currently has no treatment. While conditions can sometimes be caught in growing puppies, this is not always possible. Make sure you adopt your pet from a reputable breeder that screens and finds parents free of these conditions whenever possible. Life expectancy for the Kelpie is between 10 and 14 years.

A rough-and-tumble, hardy dog, this pet doesn't require a lot of fuss about its grooming. Brush occasionally and bathe only if necessary. Natural oils in the coat provide protective weather resistance necessary to prevent drying of the skin, so bathing too often is discouraged. The Australian Kelpie sheds an "average" amount, which means that brushing daily will provide not only a much-needed bonding experience between you and your pet, but is a means to keep shedding under control as well.

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Group Classification: Herding, Working, Primitive-Pariah


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Hair Length: Short

Shedding: Moderate Shed

Body Size: Large

Weight Male: 25-45 pounds

Height Male: 17-20 inches

Weight Female: 25-45 pounds

Height Female: 17-20 inches

Litter Size: 4-7 puppies

Life Expectancy: 10-14 years








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Color possibilities include black, and red, each with or without out tan; and fawn, chocolate and blue (gray) from dark to light. Minimal white markings like a spot, strip or a blaze are sometimes present as are white stockings.

Living Area
This dog is NOT suited for life in an apartment. They are working dogs and need plenty of open space to run. The working Kelpies LIVE to work and need to have a job to do. With the kind of coats they have - all-weather and quite adaptable - they can live in hot and cold climates. They are happiest outdoors with adequate shelter.