View Australian Kelpie Profile
Dog Group: Herding Group
Activity Needs: Needs Lots Of Activity
Barking Level: When Necessary
Coat Type: Short, Smooth, Double
Breed Size: Medium (26-60Lbs)
Training Level: Easy Training
Characteristics: Best Guard Dogs
Shedding Levels: Infrequent
The Australian Kelpie’s weather-protected short coat is wash and wear. Brush weekly or more often if you want to decrease shedding (the coat, although short, sheds a fair amount). Bathe the Australian Kelpie coats when it becomes filthy, and look at the toenails every two weeks, trimming them when necessary. Working dogs may possibly naturally wear their claws down outside and require much less repeated toenail trims. Look in the ears monthly to check for debris or redness. Clean the ears with a pet ear cleansing agent and 100 % cotton balls as soon as they become dirty.
As mentioned, Australian Kelpies have to have an extreme amount of exercise. These kinds of dogs are bred to work throughout the day in difficult circumstances. If the Australian Kelpie is mainly a pet, be prepared to offer hours of everyday exercise and mental engagement, regardless of whether in the form of jogging, hiking, retrieving games, trick training, herding, agility, swimming, disc dog events, or just about any other reasonably competitive canine sport. A Kelpie isn’t meant to be on some type of leash at all times. Provide totally free running opportunities in a secure location clear of traffic.
Like the majority of herding breeds, Australian Kelpies are extremely smart and trainable. As a matter of fact, the breed’s intelligence rivals that of the renowned Border Collie. Kelpies can be taught to do almost everything, and they are willing to learn additional skills. Training is an excellent way to put a Kelpie’s powerful brain to work, which enable them to go a long way toward fending off fatigue to boredom. Positive-reinforcing stimulus methods such as clicker training give great results with a Kelpie.
Australian Kelpie puppies need lots of socialization early on in life to ensure they will be accepting of friendly strangers and comfortable in a metropolitan environment. The breed may bark constantly, especially if not trained to quit once the alarm has been appropriately sounded.
Diet and Nutrition
Australian Kelpies, especially Working Australian Kelpies, really need to eat an energy-compact, high-quality food to energize their active bodies. If you’re not sure what to feed your Kelpie, or the amount of to feed, ask your veterinarian or breeder to advise you. Even though Kelpies get so much exercise that they are susceptible to become overweight, older Kelpies or those recovering from an injury will require a reduced-calories diet to prevent weight gain. Too much weight plays a role in joint disorders such as arthritis as well as hip and elbow dysplasia and can lead to some other health issues such as diabetes.