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Australian Kelpie

Origin Australia
GroupWorking Dogs
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Other Names
What other names does the Australian Kelpie have? The breed also known as...
Australian Sheepdog, Australischer Kelpie, Kelpie, Barb
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
Price
How much does the Australian Kelpie puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$500-$700
If you choose to purchase the Australian Kelpie, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a dog for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Australian Kelpie gets to a happy place.

General Appearance

Size
What is the Australian Kelpie's size? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Australian Kelpie weigh?
25-45 pounds (11-20 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of this canine?
35 pounds (15.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Australian Kelpie?
17-20 inches (43-51 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido?
18.5 inches (47 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Australian Kelpie have? What does this canine coat look like?
Double
Colors
What color is the Australian Kelpie's coat? What color is a proper this fido coat?
Blue ChocolateRedTanBrownFawnBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Australian Kelpie and how often?
Effortless: The Australian Kelpie requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Australian Kelpie is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Australian Kelpies shed? How to control, reduce and prevent this canine shedding?
Australian Kelpies shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Australian Kelpie have?
AlertEnergeticIntelligentRobustEagerFriendlyLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Australian Kelpie?
Average: Australian Kelpie's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Australian Kelpies easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Australian Kelpies are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful dog breed is this dog?
The Australian Kelpie is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive is it?
They are a little bit more emotional than other dog breeds. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Australian Kelpies don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Australian Kelpies are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely to their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does need this dog?
Australian Kelpies need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Australian Kelpies bark a lot? Why does my dog bark?
Low to Average: The Australian Kelpie rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Are Australian Kelpies good watchdogs?
Australian Kelpies are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Australian Kelpies will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Does this canine have an aggressive/protective behavior of their territory/property?
Australian Kelpies are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Australian Kelpie can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Australian Kelpie will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
How likely are you to get bite from this dog? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Australian Kelpie has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Australian Kelpie do? How big is the mouthiness potential of this breed?
Australian Kelpies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not an aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Australian Kelpies need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Australian Kelpie to run away? This dog wanderlust potential:
Wanderlust potential of the Australian Kelpie is strong enough to escape from home. They have a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive?
Australian Kelpies have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Australian Kelpies are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on leash.
Apartment Friendly
Are Australian Kelpies good apartment dogs? Can they live in a flat?
Australian Kelpies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptive and easy to handle?
Australian Kelpies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they good with strangers? Are they friendly with strangers?
Australian Kelpies are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Australian Kelpies kid-friendly dogs? Are they good with young children?
Australian Kelpies are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Australian Kelpies get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido temperament with cats?
Australian Kelpies are average friendly dogs towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Are they dog-friendly with other dogs? How well do Australian Kelpies get along with dogs? What is this canine temperament with dogs?
Australian Kelpies are average friendly dogs towards other dogs.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Are they healthy breed? Do Australian Kelpies have health problems?
Australian Kelpies tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Life Expectancy
How long do Australian Kelpies live? What is this dog average life span?
10-14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Australian Kelpie breed hypoallergenic?
No
Australian Kelpies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Australian Kelpie have? How high is the energy level of this fido?
Australian Kelpies are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Australian Kelpies require per day?
Australian Kelpies need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Australian Kelpies don't need to much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Australian Kelpie need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
An Australian Kelpie diet should be formulated for a mid-sized breed with high energy and intense exercise requirements.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? The risk for obesity:
Low to Average. The Australian Kelpie has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Australian Kelpie's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate cold and hot weather?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Australian Kelpie has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Do they drool? How much does it drool?
The Australian Kelpie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Australian Kelpie could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Australian Kelpie. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog pregnancy last? How long does it take to have a few puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Australian Kelpie: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Australian Kelpie have a litter? Twice a year (maximum)
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Australian Kelpie have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4-7 puppies

Advantages

  • Grooming: Effortless: The Australian Kelpie requires minimal grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential: Low to Average.
  • Drooling tendency: The Australian Kelpie is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Barking: Low to Average: The Australian Kelpie rarely barks.
  • Watchdog Ability: Australian Kelpies are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Trainability: Australian Kelpies are very easy to train.
  • Adaptability: Australian Kelpies adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Territorial: Australian Kelpies are extremely protective guard dogs.

Disadvantages

  • Hypoallergenic: Australian Kelpies don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Mouthiness: Australian Kelpies have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Apartment Friendly: Australian Kelpies are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.

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