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Australian Kelpie Dog Breed Puppy Ads
AKA: Australian Sheepdog, Kelpie, Barb
Breed Group: Herding Group Height Male: 20 - 23 inches
Breed Size: Medium Height Female: 17-21 inches
Breed Origin: Australia Weight: 25-45 pounds
The general appearance shall be that of a lithe, active dog of great quality, showing hard muscular condition combined with great suppleness of limb and conveying the capability of untiring work. It must be free from any suggestion of weediness. The Kelpie is extremely alert, eager and highly intelligent, with a mild, tractable disposition and an almost inexhaustible energy, with marked loyalty and devotion to duty. It has a natural instinct and aptitude in the working of sheep, both in open country and in the yard. Any defect of structure or temperament foreign to a working dog must be regarded as uncharacteristic.

A compact, robust, enthusiastic, and tireless working dog. Excellent at herding sheep, the Australian Kelpie is the most popular and successful working dog. Kelpies are devoted one-man dogs and are completely devoted to their family. Kelpies are really versatile and can be trained to work sheep, obedience, agility, conformation classes in the ring or just a good pet. When chosing your Kelpie you either go to a breeder of the working dog if you wish to work stock or if you just wish to have a pet, show, etc. a breeder of the show dogs should be sought out. Their easy trainability and keenness on the job make them a fundamental component of the Australian work force.

A true working Kelpie will always obey and watch his handler for instructions. Kelpie can be independent but must always be obedient at all times. Instant obedience is also expected of a Kelpie used for confirmation classes, pets, agility, obedience and as search and rescue dogs. A intelligent Kelpie at all times watches and waits for instruction from his owner. Kelpies need more mental stimulation than physical. Kelpies want to belong to their family and need to be with them. Not thrown outside left on their own not being part of the family - this is when a Kelpie will rebel. In their native country of Australia, Kelpies work all day even in intense heat, covering 1,000 to 4,000-plus acres. The breed uses "eye" similar to the Border Collie's on the tractable stock,. Kelpies can muster thousands of sheep from pasture to pen to truck.

Although many still believe the Kelpie is a Dingo crossed with the Border Collie, more accurate documentation reveals the breed's development from English North Country Collies of the Rutherford strain. These hardy British working herders, like many sheepdogs, were imported to Australia during the latter half of the 19th century. Today nearly 100,000 Kelpies are employed on that continent. Despite their relatively small size, Kelpies are without limitations, capable of working sheep, cattle, goats, poultry and reindeer.
Kelpies are a hardy breed with few health problems, but they are susceptible to disorders common to all breeds, like cryptorchidism, hip dysplasia, cerebellar abiotrophy and luxating patella. Current research is underway to find the genetic marker for cerebellar abiotrophy in the breed. It is recommended that Kelpies be vaccinated against parvovirus and distemper, and rabies if the dog is outside Australia, which is free of the disease.
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Australian Kelpie

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Guard Dog? 2
Watch Dog? 5
Exercise Needed? 4
Grooming? 1
Energy Level? 5
Shedding? 2
Ease to Train? 5
Good with children? 4
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