The Australian Kelpie has a compact body and well-developed limbs. Slightly longer than he is tall, the Kelpie has a broad chest and firm hind quarters that contribute to his flexible, energized appearance. The head is long and narrow. The medium length tail is low set. The short, compact feet have well arched toes. The double coat consists of a short and dense undercoat and a hard, straight and weather-repellent outer coat.
Life Span Most Kelpies will live 12 to 15 years. History Australian Kelpies are descendants of a distinctive Australian cattle breed. They were developed on the banks of the Tweed River in Western Australia. There they were used for driving cattle and sheep. They were used by all types of settlers to come to this area. Most Australian Kelpies are blue-fawn or red merle. However, only blue-fawn or red merles can be seen in dog shows.
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Registries Australian Kelpies are registered in the Herding Group. Australian Kelpies are very similar to American Kelpie.
The primary difference, however, is that the Australian Kelpies have a bad habit of chasing and snarling at cattle. They are considered to be a working dog. lethargy, feelings of insufficiency, tendency to stray, chase and snap at cattle, poor eye sight, chronic hearing and problems with the kneecaps or back have been reported from this breed.
Sometimes Australian Kelpies can develop porphyromonitis, a disease of the skin. It can be treated with antibiotics and should clear up in a few days.
History The Australian Kelpie comes from Australia where they were used as working dogs.