5 Unique Characteristics of an Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie

The word “Kelpie” was first recorded in 1905-10. The Scottish legends describe “Kelpie” as a water spirit; which has a form of a horse and gives a warning to those who are in danger of drowning. Well, Australian Kelpie is completely different compared to the description given above. Australian Kelpie dogs are fierce, intelligent, and, definitely, the best companion. They are born leaders, and, so, it would be discriminating if we judge them as a pet.

On 5 August 2017, an Australian Kelpie named Abbie won the World Dog Surfing Championship in Pacific, California for the second year in a row.

Abbie- the Australian Kelpie who won the World Dog Surfing Championship twice

Abbie- the Australian Kelpie who won the World Dog Surfing Championship twice

Introduction: Let’s know what is so special about the Australian Kelpie dogs!

Australian Kelpie dogs are self-dependent and do not need any guidance. They originate from Australia and are often used for herding.  They have a muscular body and excellent stamina. Apart from that, they are also known for their wittiness, intelligence, and loyalty. They always look for activities and jobs to keep their clever mind occupied.

How do they present themselves!

Australien Kelpie

These working dogs can be seen in red, black, fawn, cream, black, and fawn colours with a double coat. Their sparkling eyes are almond-shaped. Depending on their colour, the nose colour may also vary. Their ears are curved and set wide apart on the head. Their tail is slightly curved.

These medium-sized dogs reach a height up to 17-20 inches and weigh around 25-45 pounds. American Kelpies have a lifespan of 10-14 years.

Do you know who was the first person to publish the first standard for the Kelpie?

Australian Kelpies are classified into Working Kelpies and Show Kelpies. In the homeland of Australia, the United States, Canada, and other parts of the world, thousands of Kelpies are often employed in herding livestock every day.

It was Robert Kaleski who put down a set of standards back in 1904 for the Kelpie dogs.

Robert Kaleski with an Australian Kelpie

Robert Kaleski with an Australian Kelpie

When it comes to patience!

You must understand the nature of an Australian Kelpie before making them a part of your family. Australian Kelpies are intelligent and are known to indulge in various activities. They may become anxious and aggressive when idle and might even cause destruction. They have a low temperament. They are obedient but not a good choice as a family pet, if someone is not around them.

Let’s check how well they do with their health!

Australian Kelpie

Generally, dogs are prone to several diseases which may be harmful; but as Australian Kelpie is generally known as a healthy breed, their chances to get infected easily are less. There are some special conditions that can be a concern that includes Collie Eye Anomaly, Progressive Retinal Atrophy, and Cerebella Abiotrophy.

Always remember not to come under the influence of any breeder who gives you full assurance that the breed is 100% safe and healthy.

History of an Australian Kelpies: How they came into existence?

Australian Kelpie are hard as nails

During the 19th century, the sheep and wool industry in Australia was growing rapidly. For more production and quick work, the ranchers needed strong dogs that could not only get adapted to harsh environmental conditions easily but could also work in a vast area. That was the time around 1870 when Kelpies came into existence.

A century ago, Kelpies were brought to North America, and, so, to no surprise, they easily adapted to the varying climates and also the different livelihood. They were commonly seen as pets, but even today, around the world, there are thousands of Kelpies who are a helping hand to the ranchers.

Australian Kelpie working

They are registered by the North American Australian Kelpie Registry and recognized by the United Kennel Club. Both these organizations have the same goal of preserving the natural strength, temperament, and the overall health of the Kelpie.

5 Unique Features of Australian Kelpie

1. Hard As Nails

Australian Kelpie

Unlike other breeds, Australian Kelpies are known to be tough and strong. Ever heard of any dog breed which works in the field? No, right? But Australian Kelpie is the one. They can easily adjust in harsh climate and terrain. No one can defeat them when it comes to saving themselves or their family members or their owners. If kept as an apartment dog, they can be very loyal and will warn you of any danger. However, always keep in mind that they are indulged in one or the other activity.

2. An All-Weather Dog

Kelpies are rarely recommended for apartment life. Plenty of space is a must for Australian Kelpies. Since they are working dogs, they will be happiest when kept busy. Their all-weather coat allows them to live anywhere. They need spacious shelter to roam around.

3. Sharp Minds

Australian Kelpies have sharp minds

Australian Kelpies are very intelligent and sharp-minded which makes the training job much easier. They are natural herders. They excel at many obedient events. Australian Kelpies are highly recommended when it comes to working with cops.

4. Great Companions

Australian Kelpies are full of energy and enthusiasm which demand exercise. Long walks are necessary for them. If you let them sit for a long period of time, you will have to bear the brunt; you must have heard of the phrase- “An empty mind is the devil’s workshop.” But if you are a sports lover, then they are the best partners.

5. Moderate Shedding

Australian Kelpie characteristics

Be ready to vacuum often because Kelpies keep shedding every month and shed heavily in the spring. Combing once or twice a week may work just to remove dead hair. A frequent brush of the teeth and cleaning of the ears is a must.

So if you want a dog who is capable, versatile, smart, is built like an athlete, loves to work, can learn almost everything, then an Australian Kelpie is perfect for you.

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