Kelpie

FSS Group

Kelpie dog lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

17-25 in

Weight

28-60 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-15 yrs

History

The Kelpie originated in Australia and likely descended from black and tan "collies" brought over from Scotland in the 19th century. During this time, Collies as a breed were not established, so the term was used loosely for modern Collie-like herding dogs. Kelpies are also partially descended from Australian dingos, with about 3-4% of Kelpie genes coming from the wild dogs. In the 19th century, many landowners in Australia owned million of acres with hundreds of thousands of sheep roaming freely. They needed a hard-working dog with ample stamina that could withstand the heat and rough terrain of the region. The Kelpie filled this role well and is still used today as a stellar herding dog.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Kelpies will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆

★☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★☆


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★☆☆☆


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Highly intelligent and independent decision makers

Very alert and territorial, making them great watchdogs

High energy and need lots of exercise- if they don't have a job to do, they need to be taken on at least a run per day to keep them happy

May try to herd people by nipping at ankles

 Can become very destructive if not given sufficient exercise, mental stimulation, or attention