The Australian Kelpie is a purebred dog breed that was initially bred to help herd massive flocks of sheep. For example, when the sheep population grew so large, Australian Kelpies were bred to tirelessly run across acres of land to keep a million sheep in line and safe. They are known to be loyal, alert, and intelligent, making great companion dogs.
This herding dog is medium-sized, growing to be about 17 to 20 inches tall and weighing between 35 to 50 pounds. In addition, you can find this dog breed in many different colors. For example, they can have black, blue, chocolate, fawn, red, black & tan, or red & tan coats.
Australian Kelpies do make great family companion dogs. However, don’t expect them to cuddle with you at the end of the night. They might, depending on their personality. However, the temperament of this dog isn’t too loving. They’ll be affectionate with loyal to their family members, of course. In addition, they’ll be good around young children, other dogs, and meeting new people. However, it might take them some time to get used to others. This is where training will come in. For this dog, you’ll want to begin training early and give them early socialization so they get used to others. Australian Kelpies are a watchdog and will do their job first. Luckily, they’re not an aggressive breed and they’re easy to train.
Australian Kelpie – A High Energy Dog
On the other hand, Australian Kelpies have high energy levels. You’ll want to give them a bigger house with a fenced-in yard where they can run around to their heart’s content. Bringing them on a long walk every day and giving them a job to do will allow them to be happy and thrive. Also, you won’t need to groom them often. You can bring them to a professional grooming salon once in a while for an occasional bath, but you’ll mostly need to worry about their shedding. Weekly brushing will do the job to keep the loose hairs under control. This dog breed has an average lifespan of about ten to 13 years.