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. Registries Australian Kelpies are registered in the Herding Group. Australian Kelpies are very similar to American Kelping. 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. Special Health Considerations Most dog breeds have certain inherited health problems associated with that specific breed and the Australian Kelpies are no exception. Be on the look out for Canine Hip Dysplasia (genetic based looseness in the hip joint that can lead to arthritis pain and lameness), hot spots, kidney disease, skin diseases, hard palate, low blood sugar and dehydration. This disease list is an informative guideline only. Other diseases may also be significant threats, please contact your veterinarian for a complete list. She should visit the veterinarian several times in the first year for shots, boosters and check up. Then, as an adult, she should visit the veterinarian yearly for shots and check up. As she gets older, six years and on, she should visit the veterinarian twice a year for check ups and shots. Remember; avoid feeding your dog sweets. Grooming The Australian Kelpies coat is very similar to a brush. It is medium length with a dense undercoat and needs frequent brushing. Brushing will help keep the sheen in her coat and also help you keep a closer eye on her health and strengthen your emotional bond with your pet.Australian Kelpies may be susceptible to cataracts, hip dysplasia and PRA. Her teeth should be brushed at least twice a week with toothpaste and toothbrush designed for dogs. Brushing removes the accumulation of plaque and tartar which can cause cavities (rarely) and periodontal disease. Dog periodontal disease can lead to pain, loss of teeth, bad breath and other serious disease. Her toenails may need to be examined for growth and clipped regularly. The toenails of the rear feet grow slower than the toenails of the front feet. Generally a guillotine type trimmer is the best for this chore and competent instructions to accomplish this can be found on the net. Life Span The Australian Kelpie can live between 12 and 15 years with proper nutrition, medical care and excellent living conditions. History The Australian Kelpie comes from Australia where they were used as working dogs.