The Australian Kelpie is a medium-sized breed that was first bred in Australia during the 19th century. This highly active and intelligent dog was originally used as a working dog to herd livestock, particularly sheep. They were developed by crossing several breeds of dogs including Collies, Dingoes and Border Collies.
This breed typically stands at a height of around 17-20 inches (43-51cm) tall and weighs around 31-46lbs (14-21kg). Their coat is usually short or medium length with coloration ranging from black to red or chocolate brown. Some may also feature white markings on their chest, paws or head. They are known for their almond-shaped eyes which can be either brown, blue or one eye being each color – this unique look sets them apart.
Australian Kelpies are known for their high energy levels and require regular exercise which should consist of both physical activities such as running outdoors, swimming or playing catch along with mental stimulation like puzzle toys.
They have strong herding instincts so they may try to nip at children’s heels while trying to herd them -this behavior can be trained out easily enough but it requires consistent effort to achieve good results. Overall these dogs tend to be friendly towards people and other pets once socialized properly.
Australian Kelpies generally live between 10-13 years without any major health problems. However like all breeds they do suffer certain issues such as Hip Dysplasia, Epilepsy & Luxating Patella among others so routine vet visits help ensure early detection prevention
It’s important that owners take time daily for rigorous activity sessions comprising walks/playtime/running inside an enclosed space.Their physique demands multiple needs such as: jogging,hiking,biking riding,long runs etc
Special Grooming Needs:
Australian Kelpie’s shedding coats might not need much upkeep, however brushing their coat at least once every week may help them from getting knots formed in their fur
This breed is highly intelligent and tends to excel in obedience and agility competitions. Early socialization & training with positive reinforcement techniques works best for these furry friends
Compatibility with children/pets:
Australian Kelpies are very lively dogs that require mental stimulation which can make them good companions for children as long they’re taught proper etiquette. With early socialization pets can easily bond together.
A unique personality trait of this breed is the level of energy that they exhibit – Australian Kelpie’s need constant engagement while being tireless performers!
One of the most popular examples of an Australian Kelpie is “Red Dog” who was the subject character in a novel then made into a movie directed by Kriv Stenders.