- WEIGHT: 10 to 25 lbs
- HEIGHT: 15 to 17 inches
- COLOR(S): Black, brindle, seal, with white markings on muzzle, between eyes, and chest. Possible white markings on legs.
- BREED GROUP: Non-Sporting
WEIGHT: 25 to 45 lbs
HEIGHT: 17 to 20 inches
COLOR(S): Red, red and chestnut, black and chestnut, black, tan, blue-gray
Australian Kelpies are highly intelligent dogs that tend to take great pride in their work, which can be gleaned from their appearance and behavior. They are highly energetic, responsive and keen dogs that do not prefer the confines of small spaces or apartments. While they are amazing shepherd dogs, Kelpies are rarely affection toward people and tend to be one-person dogs. They will be devoted to their owners and maintain a mild, calm demeanor while resting at home. Kelpies have an uncanny ability to distinguish between work and rest which is noticeable from their intensity while in the field. Australian Kelpies are independent thinkers who enjoy their work and will be dedicated to their tasks.
Australian Kelpies feature a short coat that is relatively easy to groom and maintain. These dogs only need bathing when necessary and should be brushed or massage with a towel on occasion.
The Australian Kelpie is prone to several health issues including hip dysplasia and genetic bone disorder. This breed may also experience Progressive Retinal Atrophy or PRA.
As a working dog that needs and loves having a job, daily exercise is essential to the Australian Kelpie. They enjoy having freedom to run in open spaces and should therefore avoid apartment living.
Australian Kelpies are highly intelligent making them very trainable. As puppies, Kelpies are calm and obedient allowing them to learn well.
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