Australian Kelpies can live up to 16 years of age.
43cm to 51cm
10kg to 20kg
Breed personality, characteristics & temperament
Kelpies have excelled in the areas of obedience, agility and tracking. They have participated in pet therapy programmes and have even been utilised as guide dogs for the blind. The finest characteristic of the Kelpie, however, is its irresistible personality. The breed is extremely alert and eager and highly intelligent.
Compatibility with other pets
As a companion animal, the Kelpie has few equals. Obedience provides a great way of getting to know and share the needs of this highly intelligent dog. The Kelpie is free from most inherited diseases and is a relatively low maintenance dog. The breed is quickly house-trained and is an easy dog to feed – eating almost anything it is given. It needs about the same amount of exercise as other healthy young dogs.
Please take note
If you are thinking of buying a Kelpie pup make sure that you are prepared to commit to the amount of time it deserves, as this breed will want to be your constant companion. Take time to learn about the breed, in particular its care and training requirements. It is important to ensure that your yard is fully fenced.
This breed adapts well to being a family pet, a jogging companion, children's mate and guardian.
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