KELPIE DOG

The Kelpies expression should never be coarse or bad. As a working dog, it has no equal. 
Light and active, the Kelpie has a resistant and agile look, without signs of being coarse or rustic. The male stands between 46 and 51 cm; the females, 43 to 48 cm. The largest and longest specimens are preferable – the Kelpie never should seem square -. The head is wide between the ears with a smooth skull that narrow towards the muzzle. The ears, with moderate length and good size (not bat or spoon). The eyes, with plenty of space between them, almond shaped, medium sized, with corners cleanly identified, are dark (light eyes give an evil appearance). The neck, with moderate length, is strong and full; the shoulders, clean and sloping with low withers (the shoulders should not slope forward too much or be too straight). The chest is deep more than wide; a round ribcage is not desirable. The hindquarters must display woodenness and strength, with a not too short femur; dewclaws are not allowed in the hindquarters. The tail makes a slight curve. With the dog in action or excited, it can raise, but never vertical, it extends to the hock. The coat is double, with s short and dense undercoat. Colors cover black, black and tan, red, red and tan, brindle, chocolate and smoky blue.
 
WHO IS IT RIGHT FOR             
Athletic and energetic, the breed has an incredible resistant. Keep the Kelpie busy, on the contrary it will occupy itself. 
One of the toughest shepherds, the Kelpie is a peaceful worker able to move any type of cattle, although it specializes in sheep and cows. It is athletic and very independent. This is why the Kelpie has too much energy to have it as a company dog, although it is very affectionate, especially to children. The Kelpie should be kept busy. The possible buyer should consider the breed’s strong shepherds instinct and that it will not be happy if it only needs to care for you and your family. It is not apt to be a guardian.
 
The Kelpie education should start as soon as possible: these dogs are strong in body and soul. A soft hand and firm education go far teach the Kelpie its place. 
 
DEVELOPMENT                     
The Kelpie was originally bred and chosen by natural selection, with which a very natural and problems exempt breed has been created. The puppies, without complications, reaching maturity after about two years, with a weigh of 15 kg. Training with sheep usually begins after four months, although shepherds inform that the Kelpie works especially well at about three years of age. For its metabolism and athletic constitution, every Kelpie requires nutritious diet, and specimens that work need the best in its diet.
 
HEALTH             
As an exceptionally athletic and adaptable dog, the Kelpie is practically exempt of genetic or hereditary anomalies and has a great disease resistant. The lack of activity is very stressful for this breed, and it is vital to provide it abundant exercise and mental stimulation. Otherwise, that this extremely active dog cans literally self destruct – the stress has a primordial factor that contributes to make it sick -. Hip dysplasia should be considered, and the arthritis is frequent in elder specimens, probably due to its energetic way of life. In some lines there have been deafness cases. The Kelpie can live around ten years, although some have reached 17.