Known for being a workaholic, this dog loves to exercise! They are also easy to train and very friendly.


Be prepared to lose your status as the fastest runner in the house. Quick and agile, Kelpies are great dogs for families that love to work out. They have endless stamina and will work till they drop. Take them for frequent, vigorous runs to help expend their energy. Kelpies are loyal and devoted to their family as well as loving and affectionate. To be happy, they need big spaces with a yard they can play in. They are so friendly they’ll hang out with other dogs and even cats.

If trained and socialised, they are suitable for young children. However supervision is recommended as they enjoy herding and may round up your children into line. Kelpies are obedient and easy to train, not to mention very intelligent and they will quickly learn new tricks and commands. A Kelpie will stop growing around 12 months old.

Fun fact: Kelpies are capable of running 60km in a single day.

A Kelpie’s coat is easy to maintain. Just brush weekly to keep it clean and give your pet an occasional bath. Their coat is weather-resistant. Unfortunately, Kelpies shed hair heavily so the vacuum will get a good run! They also love to chat and have a high tendency to bark, which makes them ideal watchdogs. Kelpies often live up to 16 years of age and are known for being a naturally healthy breed.

Scheduled six monthly health check visits with your vet are important to ensure that your dog is healthy and happy throughout all life stages. Kelpies are prone to eye problems including losing their eyesight. Together with your vet, you can determine and maintain a preventative health care program based on the individual needs of your canine companion.

How big do Kelpies get?

A Kelpie is a medium-sized breed weighing between 11-20kgs, with a height between 43-51cms.

How much space do Kelpies need?

They are ideal for large spaces with a yard.

How much energy do Kelpies have?

The equivalent of a marathon runner, they go and go and go. This breed needs vigorous daily runs and lots of games to keep them happy.

How difficult are Kelpies to train?

They are highly intelligent and eager to please, making them easy to train.

Are Kelpies suitable for families?

They are great family pets, loyal companions and excellent watchdogs.

Are Kelpies compatible with other dogs and animals?

Kelpies will befriend other pets in no time at all.

How much company do Kelpies need?

Don’t expect to be followed around the house with this breed. They’re more likely to be running around the backyard, although they do love it when their family plays with them.

Are Kelpies a hypoallergenic dog breed?


What coat and grooming needs do Kelpies have?

Kelpies require moderate maintenance. Brush weekly and bath when necessary. They have a short coat in black, chocolate, red, smokey blue, fawn, black and tan.

Do Kelpies shed?

They are heavy shedders.

Do Kelpies have a tendency to bark?

They have a high tendency to bark, so expect some noise.

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