The Kelpie came into being last century because
Australian sheep men needed a special type of dog that could work sheep on
the vast outback properties, under variable and harsh conditions. This
was a result of the various breeds of sheepdogs from Europe and the UK
having proven too heavily coated to cope with the severe Australian climate
This wonderful breed came from two black and
tan short-coated prick eared Collies imported in the 1860's.
Various other breeds have contributed to the
evolution of the Kelpie, with some experts believing that there have been
crosses to the Dingo. From these humble beginnings, the Australian
Kelpie developed to the stage where it has now been exported to Russia,
Norway, Sweden, Denmark, UK, USA, South America, South Africa, New Zealand,
Germany and the Netherlands. These dogs have been successfully used to
manage a variety of stock, including reindeer, goats, cattle and, of course,
sheep. Kelpies in Sweden have gained police dog titles and pulled
BREED PERSONALITY / CHARACTERISTICS /
Kelpies have excelled in the areas of
obedience, agility and tracking. They have participated in pet therapy
programs and have even been utilised as fully trained Guide Dogs. The
finest characteristic of the Kelpie, however, is its irresistible
personality. The breed is extremely alert, eager and highly
intelligent, with a mild, tractable disposition. These dogs show
marked loyalty and real devotion to duty.
Although bred primarily for working sheep,
the purebred Australian Kelpie has proven itself to be a very adaptable and
There are a number of activities that
you can enjoy with your Kelpie.
As a breeder, owner and
trainer of Kelpies, I thoroughly recommend doing at least some basic
obedience and taking up some form of sport or activity with your Kelpie.
I compete in Agility, Obedience, Herding, and Conformation with my dogs
and also train for tracking and movie work. This not only keeps them
physically fit but also keeps them mentally fit (not to mention my own
fitness!). A mentally fit Kelpie is a happy, well-adjusted Kelpie.
Kelpies are an active, intelligent working dog and they do need both
physical and mental stimulation.