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 share the exact same personality and temperament, there are certain generalizations that can be made about the breed. In addition to genetics, a dog’s environment, training, socialization, and many other factors all contribute to their personality and behavior.

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

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Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

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Intelligence

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Affection Towards Family

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Friendliness Towards Strangers

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Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

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Exercise Needs

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Energy Level


Sensitivity

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Noise Level

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Prey Drive

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Shedding

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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

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