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Australian Kelpie

Australian Kelpie
Alternative names
Australian Sheep Dog
Barb
Kelpie
Country of origin
Australia
Classification
FCI[?]:Group 1 Section 1
ANKC[?]:Group 5 (Working Dogs)
NZKC[?]:Working
Breed standards (external links)
FCI (http://www.dogdomain.com/fcistandards/fci-293.htm), ANKC (http://www.ankc.aust.com/austkelp) NZKC (http://www.nzkc.org.nz/br508)

The Kelpie is an Australian breed of sheep dog, which has proven very successful at herding sheep in the mountainous areas of New Zealand. They are medium-sized dogs and come in a variety of colours, including red and black with white tips.

They are clever, loyal and friendly and typically have an excess of nervous energy. They are renowned for running along the back of sheep when they are herding them.

Some people claim that kelpies have some dingo blood. A possible reason for this belief is that, in areas where it is illegal to keep dingos as pets, some dingo owners register their animals as kelpies or kelpie crosses.



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