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Australian Kelpie

BACKGROUND
The Kelpie came into being last century because Australian sheep farmers needed a special type of dog that could work sheep on the vast Outback properties, and under harsh conditions. This was a result of the various breeds of sheep dogs from Europe and the UK having proven too heavily coated to cope with the severe Australian climate.

This wonderful breed came from two black and tan, short-coated and pointed-eared Collies imported in the 1860s. The Australian Kelpie has been exported to Russia, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the UK, the USA, South America, South Africa, New Zealand, Germany and the Netherlands. These dogs have been successfully used to manage a variety of stock, including reindeer, goats, and cattle.
AVERAGE LIFESPAN
Australian Kelpies can live up to 16 years of age.
BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS & TEMPERAMENT
Kelpies have excelled in the areas of obedience, agility and tracking. They have participated in pet therapy programs 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
Excellent.
CARE REQUIREMENTS
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.

IDEAL OWNERS
This breed adapts well to being a family pet, a jogging companion, children's mate and guardian.
IN CONCLUSION
If you have decided that the Kelpie is the dog for you and you are prepared to commit the amount of time it needs to develop it into a sound and happy companion, contact one of the groups listed below:
DECISION TIME

Before making a decision on getting a puppy, here are some articles you might find helpful:

RECOMMENDED BREEDERS

Breeder NameKennelState
Sharryn LewisNSWContact
Tony DixonNSWContact
Lee-Anne SymondsQLDContact
Dianne KentQLDContact
Joy WanglerVICContact
Alistair and Brenda McCoyNSWContact
Diane PetersonQLDContact
Melissa WatersQLDContact
Bob MillsQLDContact
Barry RatcliffQLDContact
Sandra LambNSWContact
Therese KropmanNSWContact
Therese KropmanNSWContact
Jan LowingQLDContact
Ebony TaylorVICContact
Robyn Michele AmstrongVICContact
Courtney RobinsonWAContact
Sarah ButlerVICContact
Fiona McCoyVICContact
Rebecca RoseQLDContact
Greg and Lois Hose HoseVICContact
Yvonne PerdrisatVICContact
Sharryn & Stephen LewisNSWContact

* We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


CANINE CLUBS

Australian Capital Territory
ACT Canine Association Inc
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
Email: CONTACT
Website: www.actca.asn.au
(Details correct as of 1/08/04)


New South Wales
Dogs New South Wales
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022 or 1300 728 022 (NSW only)
Fax: 02 9834 3872
Email: CONTACT
Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
(Details current as of 22/11/11)

Northern Territory
The North Australian Canine Association Inc
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
Email: CONTACT
Website: www.users.bigpond.com/naca1/
(Details correct as of 6/08/04)


Queensland
Canine Control Council (Queensland)
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
Email: CONTACT
Website: www.cccq.org.au
(Details correct as of 1/08/04)

South Australia
South Australian Canine Association Inc
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
Email: CONTACT
Website: www.saca.caninenet.com
(Details correct as of 1/08/04)


Tasmania
Tasmanian Canine Association Inc
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
Email: CONTACT
Website: www.tasdogs.com/
(Details correct as of 1/08/04)

Victoria
Victorian Canine Association
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
Email: CONTACT
Website: www.vca.org.au
(Details correct as of 1/08/04)


Western Australia
Canine Association of Western Australia Inc
PO Box 1404
Canning Vale, WA 6970
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
Email: CONTACT
Website: www.cawa.asn.au
(Details correct as of 1/08/04)


  




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