Other names: Australian Kelpie, Australian Kelpie

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The Kelpie is a medium-sized sheepdog, with lean and toned muscles, not lacking in substance and characterized by very flexible limbs. Longer than tall, it has a head whose appearance evokes that of a fox.



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Hair type Short
Origin Australia
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 11 kg to 20 kg From 43 cm to 48 cm
Male From 13 kg to 22 kg From 46 cm to 51 cm
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History of the breed

The Kelpie breed was developed by Australian sheep farmers in New South Wales who had large herds and roamed over large areas. They needed a dog capable of handling such flocks on such large plots. They also sought resistance to the harsh climatic conditions characterizing this region, the ability to work on difficult terrain and endurance. Qualities that the Kelpie has always known how to promote to shepherds.

As for his distant origins, it seems that he descended from dogs brought by Scots to Australian soil. It is probably the result of a cross between the Short-haired Collie and the Dingo (Australian wild dog). The Kelpie breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on September 3, 1973.

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Physical features

His hair: short, tight, hard, lying flat, longer on the tail, around the neck (collar), under the body and at the back of the limbs, forming a kind of panties near the thigh. Shorter on the head and the anterior part of the limbs. The outer coat is associated with a dense and short undercoat.
Its color: unicolour (black, red, fawn, chocolate and smoke blue) or two-tone (black and tan or red and tan).
His head: proportioned to the size of the body, producing an expression close to that of a fox. The skull is slightly rounded and broad. The stop is pronounced. The color of the nose matches that of the coat, the muzzle is clearly defined, the lips tight and the cheeks rounded.
His ears: set wide apart, of moderate length, erect, ending in fine points.
His eyes: medium large, almond-shaped, with well-defined corners, brown in color in accordance with that of the dress, displaying an intelligent and lively expression.
Its body: writable in a rectangle, longer than the height at the withers. The topline is firm and horizontal, the loin strong and well-developed musculature, the sides well let down, the croup rather long and sloping, the chest higher than wide and the ribs well sprung.
Its tail: hanging and slightly curved at rest, carried higher when the dog is awake, but without exceeding the level of its attachment. Covered with a well-stocked hair (brush).

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Kelpie is an energetic and very active dog. An indefatigable worker, animated by an extraordinary spirit, independent, loyal and devoted , he is a partner of choice for sheep farmers, whose herds he keeps and leads with natural ease. In family, he is gentle and obedient . The Kelpie is also used as a show dog.

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Known to be easy to educate , the Kelpie loves to learn and is constantly looking to please his owner . As long as his education and socialization are undertaken from an early age, he can only be a balanced dog and pleasant company. It is essential to apprehend it with a good balance between firmness and softness.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Kelpie is made to live in large spaces and should be given a lot of freedom. A house with a fenced garden with the possibility of being walked frequently and for a long time will therefore suit him perfectly. He will have more difficulty adjusting to living in an apartment.


Ease of gaining weight

The Kelpie is a rustic, robust and very resistant dog. Thanks to its double coat, it tolerates the harshness of the climate quite well. There is no particular predisposition to any disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 7 puppies

To guard against these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends Kelpie dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Kelpie is, on average, between 10 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Kelpie remains subject to 2 seasonal moults giving rise to significant hair loss. For the rest, it is a very easy dog to maintain and which requires only basic, but regular care.


It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week outside of the moulting period. During the latter, brushing becomes daily to rid her dress of the many dead hairs.

Price and budget

Purchase price

700 €
900 €

The purchase price of a Kelpie is between 700 € and 900 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Kelpie is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Kelpie is essentially an active dog. He needs to exert himself , to let express his will to work on his flexibility . In addition to long daily walks, it is therefore recommended to allow him to engage in agility or obedience activities.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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