Australian Kelpie

The Australian Kelpie is a smart and energetic breed originally bred for herding in Australia. Known for their loyalty and hardworking nature, they're popular on farms for their ability to round up livestock. But they're not just about work—they make great companions for active families who enjoy outdoor adventures. With their sharp minds and endless energy, they are loved by dog enthusiasts worldwide for their versatility and spirited personalities.

Written byHarper JefcoatHarper Jefcoat

Clock12 min read

Breed GroupBreed Group

Working Dogs

Breed HeightHeight

17-20 inches

Breed WeightWeight

30-60 pounds

Breed Life spanLife Span

12-15 years

Breed CostAverage Cost


Breed ColorsColors

Black, Chocolate, Red, Fawn, Black and Tan

Breed UKC GroupUKC Group

Herding Dog Group

All About Breed

Learn about this breed’s personality, gender differences, grooming, health, and maintenance to see if it will be the right pet for you:

In This Article

  • History/Origin
  • Australian Kelpie Personality
  • Physical Appearance
  • Gender Differences
  • Feed/Nutrition
  • Health
  • Care and Grooming
  • Buy or Adopt Australian Kelpie
  • Australian Kelpie for Sale
  • Interesting Facts
  • Best For
  • Top Names
  • Pet Ratings
  • Key Takeaways
  • FAQs

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Key Takeaways

Origin and History: Australian Kelpies were bred in late 19th-century Australia for herding. Developed by George Robertson, they excel in harsh environments.

Personality: Highly active and intelligent, Kelpies require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation, best suited for active families.

Physical Characteristics: Sleek and muscular with various coat colors, they need minimal grooming.

Health: While generally healthy, they may be prone to conditions like PRA, Cerebellar Abiotrophy, and Hip Dysplasia. Regular vet check-ups are crucial.

Training Needs: Australian Kelpies require early socialization and consistent, positive reinforcement training to channel their intelligence and energy effectively.

Grooming and Care: Low-maintenance coats but need regular exercise, grooming, and dental care for their well-being.

Best For: Ideal for active individuals or families interested in outdoor activities and dog sports, seeking an energetic and versatile pet.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is an Australian Kelpie a good family dog?

Do Australian Kelpies bark a lot?

What two dogs make a Kelpie?

Do Australian Kelpies like to cuddle?

What is the average Australian Kelpie lifespan?

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Are Australian Kelpies aggressive?

Are Australian Kelpies fast?

Harper Jefcoat
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Harper Jefcoat

Harper Jefcoat is a dedicated pet enthusiast and expert author at With a deep-seated passion for animals, Harper brings a wealth of knowledge and personal experience to his writings. Specializing in canine behavior and wellness, he aims to help pet owners understand and care for their furry friends better.

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