Kelpie (Australian Kelpie) is a medium-sized stately dog. Height at withers reaches 51 cm, weight – about 20 kg.
The constitution is strong, but not massive, the musculature is well developed. The head resembles a fox, the transition from the forehead to the muzzle is pronounced. Eyes almond-shaped, dark, combined with color. Ears are erect, with sharp tips. The tail is kept below the level of the back, the length reaches the hock.
The coat is short, hard, very thick and dense, with a developed undercoat. On the neck a neat mane. Color options: chocolate, smoky blue, black, red, and also black and red with tan.
Kelpie breed combines a huge amount of positive qualities. These dogs are very intelligent, cheerful, energetic and affectionate. They are strongly attached to the owners and remain loyal to them all their lives, get along with children and are friends with other animals.
But a kelpie is not just a companion dog. She is also the perfect shepherd, the main working breed on Australian and New Zealand ranches. The herding instinct is so developed in them that even inexperienced young dogs intuitively understand how to work with sheep in an open field or pens. Kelpi is very smart, decisive and hardy.
Health and life expectancy
Australian kelpie has exemplary health, strong immunity and enviable endurance. Average life expectancy is 13 years.
The Australian Kelpie dog needs the simplest care. It is enough to comb out the wool once a week. Balanced nutrition and physical activity are very important. Kelpie needs space. This is not the kind of dog that will be leashed or will wait for a long time alone. It must be dealt with in order for its natural potential to be in demand. Only then will the dog be truly happy.
The exact origin of the Australian Kelpie breed is unknown. Most likely, the ancestors were native dingo dogs and short-haired collies, brought to Australia in the 19th century. Today, Kelpie dogs are very popular in Australia and New Zealand, but are rarely found in Europe and Russia.