An indefatigable sheep herder
Original Name : Australian Kelpie
Type : Lupoid
Male size : 18-20 inches
Female size : 17-19 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : Australia
Kelpies are extremely active, full of life and intelligent. These naturally obedient and gentle dogs seem to have an inexhaustible source of energy, coupled with great loyalty and devotion. They have a natural aptitude for working with sheep, in open country or on the farm. Any physical defect or foreign character trait must be regarded as aberrant.
Proportionate to the overall size of the dog. The overall shape and contours produce an expression rather like that of a fox, softened by the almond-shaped eyes.
The length from the point of the sternum to the point of the croup is greater than the height at the withers (ratio 10/9). The topline is firm and level. The loins are strong and muscular, the croup rather long and sloping.
Black, black and tan, red, red and tan, fawn, chocolate and smoke blue.
Pricked and forming a fine point at the tip. The leather is fine but strong at the base.
Furnished with a good brush. Set in such a way as to blend perfectly with the sloping croup. Extends to around the hock.
Double coat with short, dense undercoat. Every hair of the topcoat is straight, hard and flat to keep the rain off.
Australian Kelpies are lithe, active dogs of great quality with the muscle tone and suppleness to work all day. They must be free from any implication of weediness.Specialized in mustering large cattle herds, Kelpies are thorough and passionate when it comes to work, which explains their legendary reputation among Australians. The black coat is the most widespread, but there is actually an amazing range of colors to be found.