National Kennel Council 1994 F.C.I. Standard No. 293 Country of Origin -
|Ch Oatland Piccaninny -
Best In Show
Brisbane Royal, 2003
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
CHARACTERISTICS - 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.
TEMPERAMENT - (See under characteristics)
HEAD AND SKULL - The head is in proportion
to the size of the dog, the skull slightly rounded, and broad between the ears.
The forehead running in a straight profile towards a pronounced stop. The cheeks
are neither course nor prominent, but round to the foreface, which is cleanly
chiselled and defined. The muzzle, preferably slightly shorter in length than
the skull. Lips tight and clean and free from looseness. The nose colouring
conforms to that of the body coat. The overall shape and contours produce a
rather fox-like expression, which is softened by the almond-shaped eyes.
EYES - The eyes are almond shaped, of medium
size, clearly defined at the corners, and show an intelligent and eager
expression. The colour of the eyes to be brown, harmonising with the colour of
the coat. In the case of blue dogs a light coloured eye is permissible.
EARS - The ears are pricked and running to a
fine point at the tips, the leather fine but strong at the base, set wide apart
on the skull and inclining outwards, slightly curved on the outer edge and of
moderate size. The inside of the ears is well furnished with hair.
MOUTH - The teeth should be sound, strong
and evenly spaced, the lower incisors just behind but touching the upper, that
is a scissor bite.
NECK - The neck is of moderate length,
strong, slightly arched, gradually moulding into the shoulders, free from
throatiness and showing a fair amount of ruff.
FOREQUARTERS - The shoulders should be
clean, muscular, well sloping with the shoulder blades close set at the withers.
The upper arm should be at a right angle with the shoulder blade. Elbows neither
in nor out. The forelegs should be muscular with strong but refined bone,
straight and parallel when viewed from the front. When viewed from the side, the
pasterns should show a slight slope to ensure flexibility of movement and the
ability to turn quickly.
BODY - The ribs are well sprung and the
chest must be deep rather than wide, with a firm level topline, strong and
well-muscled loins and good depth of flank. The length of the dog from the
fore chest in a straight line to the buttocks, is greater than the height at the
withers as 10 is to 9.
HINDQUARTERS - The hindquarters should show
breadth and strength, with the croup rather long and sloping, the stifles well
turned and the hocks fairly well let down. When viewed from behind, the hind
legs, from the hocks to the feet, are straight and placed parallel, neither
close nor too wide apart.
FEET - The feet should be round, strong,
deep in pads, with close knit, well arched toes and strong short nails.
TAIL - The tail during rest should hang in a
very slight curve. During movement or excitement it may be raised, but under no
circumstances should the tail be carried past a vertical line drawn through the
root. It should be furnished with a good brush. Set on position to blend with
sloping croup, and it should reach approximately to the hock.
GAIT/MOVEMENT - To produce the almost limitless stamina demanded of
a working sheepdog in wide open spaces the Kelpie must be perfectly sound, both
in construction and movement. Any tendency to cow hocks, bow hocks, stiltiness, loose shoulders or restricted movement
weaving or plaiting is a serious fault. Movement should be free and tireless and
the dog must have the ability to turn suddenly at speed. When trotting the feet
tend to come closer together at ground level as speed increases but when the dog
comes to rest it stands four square.
COAT - The coat is a double coat with a
short dense undercoat. The outer coat is close, each hair straight, hard, and
lying flat, so that it is rain-resisting. Under the body, to behind the legs,
the coat is longer and forms near the thigh a mild form of breeching. On the
head (including the inside of the ears), to the front of the legs and feet, the
hair is short. Along the neck it is longer and thicker forming a ruff. The tail
should be furnished with a good brush. A coat either too long or too short is a
fault. As an average. the hairs on the body should be from 2 to 3cms (approx.
0.75 - 1.25 ins) in length.
COLOUR - Black, black and tan, red, red and
tan, fawn, chocolate, and smoke blue.
SIZE - Height: Dogs 46-51cms (approx. 18-20
ins) at withers. Bitches 43-48cms (approx. 17-19 ins) at withers.
FAULTS - Any departure from the foregoing
points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault
should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
NOTE - Male animals should have two
apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
Dog Group A.N.K.C. Copyright January 1998
||Ch Oatland Piccaninny
Keldapark On The Rocks
|There are also
two colours not recognised by the ANKC:
Photo to come!
|Blue & Tan
||Fawn & Tan
|Koonawarra Downs Katie
Fawns are a dilute form of Red/Chocolate
OATLAND SAY GDAY
ADM JDM HIT
Winner - Open Agility Brisbane
are a dilute form of Black
Winner - Novice
Agility Brisbane Royal, 2003