Developed from English North Country Collies of the Rutherford strain, the Australian Kelpie was imported to Australia in the 19th century to herd livestock. This breed of dog was officially recognized in 1870.
The Australian Kelpie has a long and narrow head, a muscular body with strong limbs, a broad chest, and a low set tail of medium length. This breed of dog has a rough weather resistant outer coat and a thick undercoat. The coat comes in fawn, chocolate, blue, and black and red (both color in combination with tan or single).
Color possibilities include black, and red, each with or without out tan; and fawn, chocolate and blue (gray) from dark to light. Minimal white markings like a spot, strip or a blaze are sometimes present as are white stockings.
The Australian Kelpie is truly wonderful at herding livestock. It is a highly active dog breed, and hence is not at all suitable for apartment or house life. The Australian Kelpie is single person dog, and prefers one-to-one relationship. The Australian Kelpies are not an aggressive dog breed, but they have a protective nature and will guard family and belongings at any cost. An easily trainable dog breed, they are good with children, provided they are raised with them right from puppy hood.
The Australian Kelpies are prone to health problems like hip dysplasia, cerebellar abiotrophy, progressive retinal atrophy, and cryptorchidism.
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