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AUSTRALIAN KELPIES

Excerpts from an ANKC Publication

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BACKGROUND

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 and geography.

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 sleds.

BREED PERSONALITY / CHARACTERISTICS / TEMPERAMENT

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 versatile dog.

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.

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