The Australian Kelpie

The Kelpie is a beloved Australian Breed. Apart from stunning good looks and a penetrating gaze, these dogs have a wonderful temperament and are full of beans!


Kelpies are well know for their herding skills but they also make great companion dogs. Their good looks also make them great show dogs but they're not just a pretty face and excel in agility training and obedience. 


Kelpie's come in a variety of colours including black, black & tan, red and tan, blue, blue and tan, fawn, fawn & tan and cream. They have a smooth coat, a weight range of between 11 - 14kg, a height range of between 43 - 55cm and a life expectancy of 10-14years.


Generally a healthy breed, they can be susceptible to a couple of health concerns so if you're considering buying a kelpie, make sure you check the breed line for any red flags.


The Kelpie temperament is one that suggests they're great family dogs, being great with kids if socialised early. Although a non-aggressive dog, they can be very protective of their family and property. 


Being the energetic dog, the Kelpie is not great indoors for any period of time. They much prefer the open spaces so a big backyard is a must with plenty of shelter and water. Prone to boredom, you'll need to keep this breed challenged both mentally and physically. Failure to entertain could result in problematic behaviour. If you're a runner or jogger, this is the perfect dog for you!


Kelpie's are a wonderful dog for the right owner. They are highly intelligent so a confident handler is a must.


Good Luck in choosing the right dog for you - it might just be the gorgeous Kelpie!


All opinions, advice and observations are my own and based on my work as a teacher, facilitator, community development manager and owner and friend to Pixie, Sulu, Woody, Max and Daphne over a lifetime.