Working Kelpie

Working Kelpie

Working Kelpie


The origin of the Working Kelpie was in 1870 in Australia. They played an important part in Australia's sheep and wool industry. These dogs are descendants of the British “working coley” and were bred to handle the hot, harsh landscape, the considerable acreage, and the headstrong Merino Sheep. Because these dogs were bred to survive in Australia's harsh conditions, they're “natural” dogs that can adjust to all climates.


While Working Kelpies are happiest when they get a decent amount of exercise, they don't need a lot of it. They need to have a good balance of both physical and mental stimulation because the Kelpie must have a task to do. So take your dog for regular walks and teach him something like a new trick or obedience.


Because Working Kelpies are meant to be work dogs, they need very little care beyond the normal required vaccinations and worming. They don't need to have their coats clipped. Their feet are also low maintenance. They have short nails but may need to be clipped on occasion. There are few health issues with these dogs although they may develop hip dysplasia, luxating patella, cryptorchidism, and cerebellar abiotrophy.


Working Kelpies are very intelligent, enthusiastic and alert. They have a friendly, open and active personality with the right balance between being excited to work and being able to relax. These dogs have high and limitless energy, and are very loyal and devoted to their work.


The top coat of the Working Kelpies is moderately short, straight, flat and weather resistant. They may or may not have a dense short under coat. The hair on their head, ears, legs and feet is short. Their coat may be a bit longer at their neck, underside of the tail, and rear of their thighs.


Working Kelpies are friendly, energetic, loyal and intelligent dogs that must have challenging work if they're going to make satisfactory companions. They must be kept active because, if they get bored, they'll become loud and destructive. When they get enough attention and love, they'll be calm and faithful. They're not aggressive and shouldn't be considered as a guard dog. They will, however, bark when needed. Since they're herding dogs, they need to be taught early in life not to nip at humans.


Working Kelpies are highly intelligent and are able to learn complex things quickly. This can also work against you because they can get easily bored with monotonous tasks. When these dogs are well trained, they're amazing, but must have a good relationship with and respect for their owner.