Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie


Perhaps the most popular dog in all of Australia, the Australian Kelpie is a strong and capable breed that has been around for over a century. Throughout time, they have been used as herders of many different types of animals. They are great herders of cows, reindeer, and goats. These dogs are reliable and trustworthy.


These dogs do best in an outdoor environment. They are equipped with weather resistant coats and fare well in most climate changes. They like to be able to roam around freely in a wide open space. They will get an excellent amount of exercise if they are put to a certain duty, like cattle herding.


A big concern with the Australian Kelpie dog's personal health is their dental hygiene. Their teeth are prone to yellow, and they will get notorious cases of puppy breath. You will want to try some doggy dental aids to help prevent gum disease or tooth rot. Also, watch out for Progressive Retinal Atrophy.


Being that they are such a dependable breed, the Australian Kelpie has many good qualities to their unique personality. They are fierce companions, and have a very sharp mind. They are capable of many things by nature, but when taught, they have the potential to do so much more.


The Australian Kelpie is a double coated dog that only needs to be brushed every now and then, and rarely needs a bath unless they get into something dirty. Their weather resistant coat sheds normally, so there will be no abnormal amount of dander and fur build up. Any bathing must be done with a shampoo for sensitive skin.


The temperament of the Australian Kelpie is to bond with only one master. It is rare that this dog will open itself to others. They will not be vicious so long as they are not bothered. They tend to ignore all others in favor of the one who they have identified as their owner.


The Australian Kelpie has a smart and independent mind. They can be very difficult to train if you don't start them early and if you are not who they recognize as their owner. If you remain stern in handling the dog, and treat him fairly, then he should be able to learn.