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Australian Kelpie - Dog Breeds - Everything You Need To Know

Jul 15, 2008
To begin with we will give you some basic info on the breed and them move on to other areas of this excellent dog.

Breed group: Herding

Weight: Male: 25-45; Female: 25-45 lbs

Height: Males: 17-20; Females: 17-20 inches

Overview

The Australian Kelpie has its origin in Australia where they have been developed during the 1870s. These dogs are an exceptional breed renowned for their strong guarding and herding instincts. They are able to work poultry, goats, sheep, cattle, and reindeer. The Australian Kelpie is the most popular dog breed in Australia, and also very sacred in a few other countries as well. At this stage there are nearly a hundred thousand Kelpies employed on the Australian continent. Although this is a relatively small breed, they are without limits. These dogs will also do extremely well in competitive obedience.

Temperament

Australian Kelpies are a very solid, healthy, passionate and untiring working dog. These dogs are outstanding at herding, and they are also the most popular and successful working dogs. This breed will not do well in a house or apartment, as they have far too much energy, and they are also very work orientated. Australian Kelpies are an essential part of the Australian work force because they are so trainable. They are always ready to respond to the commands of their master, even if it's very far. They will get along well with children they have been raised with since puppy hood. This dog is a bit of a workaholic, and will continue until they can't anymore. Kelpies make outstanding watchdogs, and they can also be trained as seeing-eye dogs. This is not a very aggressive breed, but they can be protective when needed.

Care

Australian Kelpies should be brushed on an occasional basis, and they do not have very high grooming needs. Bathing should be done when really necessary and a mild shampoo should be used to prevent any damage to the coat and skin. Australian Kelpies are average shedding dogs. Dental hygiene is also very important for these dogs.

Training

Australian Kelpies are very independent and highly intelligent dogs. It is important to socialise them from early on. This breed will not do well when training is conducted in a cruel or heavy-handed manner. The training environment should be firm, consistent and fair.

Health problems

In general, Australian Kelpies are very tough. They do however have a few medical conditions that potential owners should be aware of. They struggle with Progressive Retinal Atrophy that manifests as night blindness, Cryptorchidism, hip dysplasia and patellar luxation.

All in all this is a great breed to own or have around the house if you have no real objections with all the above. If you do however then another breed may be a better choice for you.
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