Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie in front of white background

Dog Description

The Australian Kelpie is extremely agile and light footed, capable of a lightening start and a quick dead stop. He is an outstanding shepherd dog with strong natural herding and guarding instincts. A loyal companion with an inexhaustible supply of energy and devoted to his duty. He is considered the best performing medium-sized sheepdog which has made him a favorite of sheep farmers worldwide.

Dog Size:
19 inches
Female Height:
17 - 20 inches
Male Weight
25 - 45 lbs
Female Weight:
25 - 45 lbs
Black, black and chestnut, red, red and chestnut, tan, dark chestnut or bluish-grey
Dog Coat Type:
A close outer coat and short, dense undercoat
Keen, responsive, trainable
With Children:
Good provided raised with them.
With Pets:
Will herd other pets
Special Skills:
Guard dog:
Care Info:
Minimal grooming is required. Brush his short coat or massage him with a towel. Bathe only when necessary. Daily daily exercise is essential as he is a working breed and needs to have a job to do. Free run in an open space would be enjoyable
Training Info:
Puppies are calm, obedient and learn well
Learning Rate:
Living Environment Info:
Not suited for city living as he needs plenty of room and activity to keep him busy
Health Issues Info:
Genetic bone disorder, hip dysplasia
Life Span:
10 - 14 Years
Litter Size:
4 - 7
History Info:
Developed in Australia he is descended from the collie and possibly the dingo. He is the result of a cross between a collie from the north of England and a black and tan female from New South Wales, Australia. Officially recognized as a breed in the 1870's. In Scottish folklore a "kelpie" is a good water spirit in the form of a horse. The writer Robert Louis Stevenson refers to the water kelpie in his famous story "Kidnapped".