The Australian Kelpie, or simply Kelpie, is an Australian sheep dog successful at mustering and droving with little or no guidance. It is a medium-sized dog and comes in a variety of colours.
Links to Breed Descriptions
Extended Breed Standard of THE AUSTRALIAN KELPIE
Other Names for Breed
Country of Origin and Parent Breed Club
Country of origin: Australia
Health and Well-Being
Some sources of health information include:
National kennel clubs and breed clubs (see, e.g. Breeding/Health Strategy Documents, below)
Population-level statistics (see, e.g., Swedish Insurance Data, below)
Breed club surveys
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There are numerous breed standards.
The basis of breed/conformation shows is the judging of pedigree dogs against the 'Breed Standard', which is a picture in words that describes the range of features that are deemed appropriate for the breed.
One of the major international standards is:
FCI (Federation Cynologique Internationale)
AKC: The Australian Kelpie became a Foundation Stock Service breed in 2017. The
Breed Standard Referenced by AKC is that of the AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL KENNEL COUNCIL
*Other Breed Standards
The Working Kelpie Council of Australia -- Breed Society for the Australian Working Kelpie
Disclaimer - The WKC does not support the FCI standard
1. Swedish Insurance Data
Breed-specific information on rates of disease and death from Agria Pet Insurance (Agria Djurförsäkring) is available for many breeds.
This breed has information on Veterinary Care and Life Insurance.
2. The Working Kelpie Council of Australia: Bloodlines:
3. Finland: FKC Database:
4. Sweden: Svenska Kelpieklubben: Statistics:
Breeding/Health Strategy Documents
Health/Breeding Strategy Documents and Links:
Sweden: Breed-specific Breeding Strategies: (
in Swedish) and/ or English summary
Australian Kelpie breeding Strategy | JTO English Summary
our Australian Kelpie s. Genetic Health Book: (Internal) Your Australian Kelpie s. Genetic Health Book.pdf
Breed-Specific DNA Tests:
Other Breed-Specific Webpages
Australian Geographic: Kelpie, king of the mob
(Internal: retained for archiving purposes - Kelpie - Australian Geographic article.docx)
Genomic Characterization of External Morphology Traits in Kelpies Does Not Support Common Ancestry with the Australian Dingo
CEREBELLAR ABIOTROPHY (CA) - KELPIE ATAXIAS - Marker Test Information
Update July 2020 by Deb Maxwell BVSc
Finland: koirangeenit.fi: Cerebellar Abiotrophy Research
Dermatomyositis in a family of Working Kelpies
We are listing sites for breed clubs with health or other information that might be helpful. Follow links below.
Australia: The Working Kelpie Council of Australia Please note Working Kelpies and Australian Kelpies differ.
Australia: Australian Kelpie Club of NSW
Finland: Suomen bordercolliet ja australiankelpiet ry
Sweden: Svenska Kelpieklubben
Germany: Australian Cattle Dog Club Deutschland e.V.
Canada: Australian Cattle Dog Club of Canada
Netherlands: Australian Kelpie Association