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Australian Kelpie Breeders
If you are after a dog that will fit in well with your active lifestyle, you really cannot go past the Australian Kelpie for its nonstop willingness to work and play. Here’s what you need to know.
Characteristics of the Australian Kelpie
The Australian Kelpie was naturally bred to be a working dog so they are very agile and light-footed, with a practically limitless supply of energy. The Australian Kelpie is a compact dog with well developed limbs and good musculature and they are around 17 to 20 inches tall. The coat is short and comes in colours including black, chestnut, tan, red, dark chestnut, bluish gray or a combination of these.
The Australian Kelpie Temperament
The Australian Kelpie is an incredibly intelligent, responsive, and trainable dog. While they are not affectionate per se, they are incredibly devoted to their owners. Australian Kelpies are good with other dogs but because of their strong herding instinct, you must be cautious with other pets, or you may find that your dog is always trying to herd them! They are excellent guard dogs as they have a high instinct for guarding property.
Caring for an Australian Kelpie
Like other working dogs, the Australian Kelpie is very low in maintenance grooming wise. All you need to do is to groom their coat occasionally and give them a bath only when required. However, as their energy and intelligence levels are so high, they must be exercised daily, whether this is through walks or intensive play sessions. A large backyard is also ideal so they can run around as they please.
The Australian Kelpie will live for 10 to 14 years on average and they are a very healthy breed. However, they can be prone to hip dysplasia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy) and genetic bone disorder but if you buy your dog from a reputable breeder, this should not be a problem.
Who is the Australian Kelpie Suited To?
The Australian Kelpie is a very active dog so they need to be kept in households with a good sized backyard. They are not at all suited to apartments. Owners should be willing to spend plenty of time with their dog, training them, playing with them, and exercising them. While Australian Kelpies are good with children if they are raised with them, they should always be supervised with your kids (same as any other breed of dog).
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