This dog breed was developed in Australia in the 1870s. The Australian Kelpie is a dog known for its natural conservation and grazing instincts and is equally good at handling poultry, goats, sheep, cattle and reindeer. The Australian Kelpie is the most popular herding dog not only in its homeland, but also in many other countries.
This breed has an excellent flair and the ability to remain on guard at all times. The Australian Kelpie is extremely agile and seems to have an inexhaustible source of energy inside. Dogs of this breed are rightfully considered the best of the average shepherd dogs. Despite its size and compact, muscular build, it is a truly versatile dog with truly unlimited abilities.
The Australian Kelpie is a devoted companion. He is moderately calm at home and very active during work. A dog of this breed, as a rule, chooses for itself only one owner, to whom it is infinitely attached. She is extremely loyal to her owner and turns out to be a real friend to him. The Australian Kelpie gets along well with children with whom he is brought up in the same house, as for other dogs and other pets, he tries to graze all of them. The Australian Kelpie is not aggressive, but will guard and defend its family and territory no matter how great the danger threatening it.
Wool and care
The Australian Kelpie is covered with two layers of wool. The outer layer is a straight, tough wool, which is an excellent protection against all weather conditions. The inner layer is a dense and short undercoat. Shedding medium intensity. A dog of this breed should be cleaned regularly, and bathed only when it is really necessary in order to rid the skin and coat of severe pollution. Good dental hygiene is essential. The most common disease in this breed is progressive retinal atrophy.
The Australian Kelpie is an independent and highly intelligent dog. Early socialization is recommended. Dogs of this breed do not react to rude or arbitrary methods, training should be carried out with the necessary perseverance, fairness and consistency.
The Australian Kelpie is not suitable for keeping in a city apartment; it needs a rural area with an active environment. The more work he has, the better he will feel. If this dog gets bored, it can cause significant damage to the environment.