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Your Pet, Our Passion.


The Kelpie or Australian Kelpie is a medium sized, slightly rectangular dog with a lean, muscular build and soft short coat. Ears are usually completely erect, set forward and sharply pricked but may fold forward at the tips. The working variety of Kelpie comes in three coat types: smooth, short and rough, and in any colour from black to the palest tan or cream. White blazes and points are not unusual as these dogs are selected for working ability rather than appearance. Show type Kelpies registered under the ANKC (Australian Nations Kennel Club) come in Black, Chocolate, Red, Smokey Blue, Fawn, Black and Tan and Red and Tan. They have a soft smooth double coat, and pricked ears.

12 – 15 years
14 – 20kg
41 – 51cm
Black, Chocolate, Red, Smokey Blue, Fawn, Black and Tan and Red and Tan
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Cannot be left alone
Kelpie Personality

Sharp and quick witted, the Kelpie dog breed can react like lightning to head off a sheep going the wrong way, is brave enough to face down a ewe determined to head-butt or foot-stamp her way into trouble, yet gentle enough to work with lambs.

The Kelpie really is all about work however, and if you do not have several hundred acres and several hundred head of sheep, you need to have a very hard think about what job you will provide your Kelpie.

Given sufficient work to do the Kelpie is reasonably easy to live with, not given to scrapping or hunting, nor to barking for a hobby or digging their way to the centre of the earth – however ‘sufficient work’ for a Kelpie is almost certainly far too much work for most pet dog owners.